A common issue that can have far-reaching effects if not addressed with appliance therapy, or in some cases, BOTOX.
What exactly is teeth grinding and why is it bad?
Many people clench (vertical movement) and grind (horizontal movement) their teeth in their sleep. Some even do it unconsciously while awake. The medical term for teeth grinding is bruxism. Bruxism puts undue pressure on the TMJ (temporomandibular joints), which can strain muscles and ligaments and lead to chronic jaw pain, headaches, and tooth sensitivity.
Bruxism can also wear away tooth enamel, which is irreversible. Teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, and often occurs during the REM stage of sleep. It is more likely when someone has an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth, but the central nervous system triggers teeth grinding as well.