Bruxism is the clenching and grinding of teeth. Most people have bruxism at some point in their lives and it is usually mild enough not to cause any problems. However, for some people, especially those who grind their teeth during sleep, bruxism can cause serious health problems including sleeping disorders and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD), or as it’s more commonly known, Jaw Pain.
Bruxism is a habit often associated with stress or anxiety. Its symptoms include pain in the jaw, trouble sleeping, and reduction in the size of teeth. It can often develop during a time of high stress, or emotional trauma, but can continue on afterwards simply because the habit has already been developed.
To treat bruxism, you should of course consult a medical professional, but you may also use many of the same treatments as TMJD, especially biofeedback.
Many people also find that a simple mouth guard is enough to help them break the habit.