WHAT IS BRUXISM?
Bruxism is a condition in which you excessively grind your teeth or clench your jaw. Bruxism (or teeth-grinding) is more common than you might think, affecting up to 31% of the general population. Most cases of bruxism are linked to stress or anxiety, but there are many other reasons why a person may start grinding their teeth. This can include lifestyle, medication and health disorders. Bruxism doesn’t always cause symptoms – but it can trigger both long and short-term effects to your health, as well as damaging your teeth.
There are two main types of bruxism: nocturnal bruxism (occurs during sleep), and awake bruxism (occurs during the daytime). Both men and women tend to be equally affected by sleep bruxism, but awake bruxism is more common in women.