Occasional teeth grinding is a common occurrence for most adults. Known as bruxism medically, teeth grinding does not typically harm the teeth if it is occuring in an isolated incidence, or rarely enough to not disturb the protective layer of enamel on our teeth. In some cases, though, teeth grinding can be dangerous to your oral health. Here is what to know about teeth grinding.

Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?

Teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, but many people also grind their teeth in their teeth without meaning to or sometimes even knowing that they are doing it. Those who suffer from sleep apnea are more susceptible to grinding. Some factors may heighten your likelihood of grinding your teeth like having crooked teeth. If you want guidance in discovering more about your teeth grinding habit, speak with your orthodontist.

Are You Unsure If You Grind Your Teeth?

There are several signs that can alert you that you may be grinding when you sleep. Pay attention if you have a headache or aching jaw after you sleep. Also, ask loved ones and partners if they have noticed you grinding when you may not, whether that is in your sleep or while being awake.

Why is Teeth Grinding Harmful?

If you grind your teeth chronically, the condition can break down your teeth’s structure and lead to damaged or lost teeth. It can also affect your jaw, causing soreness and inflammation in the joint. If this happens, it’s important that you speak with a dentist about how to move forward in protecting your mouth while you sleep or when you are in stressful, anxiety inducing situations.


If you find out that you are grinding your teeth, there are option and treatments for you to still protect, or restore, your teeth. Contact Burke and Beckstrom to speak with a licensed orthodontist today!