What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism or Teeth grinding is involuntarily grinding, gnashing , or clenching of the teeth, which usually happens during sleep. It involves forceful contact between the upper and lower teeth, producing a grinding sound. Clenching is the gritting of the teeth in one place for a sustained period. Bruxism is a common condition affecting nearly one in ten people which, when untreated, can be quite harmful to the teeth and jaws. There are various reasons people grind, gnash, or clench their teeth, including stress, anxiety, sleep disorder, the use of stimulants, dehydration, poor diet, sleep issues or tooth alignment.