Have you been told that you grind your teeth while you sleep at night? Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, affects 50% of adults and 15% of children. The habit can go unnoticed as it may only affect you at night. If left untreated, your teeth can be extensively damaged and require costly reconstruction.
Your teeth shouldn’t touch apart except during meal times. Your jaws need to be relaxed during sleep. Even minor forms of contact can damage teeth and restorations like crowns, veneers and fillings. You may experience jaw pain and headaches from your exhausted muscles that are used to clenching.