What is Bruxism?
Bruxism (teeth grinding) is the involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth. This is a subconscious behavior done mainly while one sleeps. Bruxism can generate tremendous force on the teeth causing broken teeth, loose fillings and loss of tooth enamel. Bruxing can also cause teeth to become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and liquids.
How do I know I grind?
Most of us do not know we are grinding our teeth. Many times it is your dentist or hygenist that will first see the wear on your teeth and inform you about your grinding. Many times it is your sleep partner that tells you after being kept awake by your grinding. Some other signs are sore fascial muscles, morning headaches and neck and ear pain.