Weekly Health Tips
Bruxism -- Grinding Your Teeth
Bruxism is the grinding, clenching or gnashing of teeth. Symptoms of bruxism may include chipped or worn teeth, tooth sensitivity, headaches or jaw pain. Severe bruxism may cause temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) disorders. For nighttime grinding, your dentist may suggest wearing a mouth guard to help protect the teeth. In the daytime, practice putting your mouth in a neutral position (put your tongue behind your upper front teeth and relax your jaw). Repeating this through the day may help break the habit.