Poor oral hygiene may be the most common cause of dental and gum problems, but it's not by far the only cause. Chronic teeth grinding, a condition known as "bruxism," can wear down your enamel and expose your teeth to cavities.
Chronic, compulsive teeth grinding disorder, more formally known as "bruxism," is a real problem in the lives of millions of Americans. The excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth can do real damage to your tooth enamel, cause a tooth to crack, chip, or loosen, and can even lead to TMJ disorder.
Bruxism, which refers to the chronic, uncontrollable tendency to grind and/or clench your teeth, is a condition that affects some 30 to 40 million Americans.
Ongoing bruxism can wear the enamel off the crowns of your teeth, cause tooth and jaw pain and migraine headaches, increase the risk of tooth chipping, and lead to other serious dental and health problems.
Bruxism, more commonly referred to as teeth grinding or jaw clenching, is a chronic and potentially serious condition that affects anywhere from 8% to 31% of the US population. It may seem like merely a bad habit that could easily be kicked and like something that couldn't do much damage anyway.
You may be suffering negative impacts to your oral health due to bruxism, the technical dental term for chronic, habitual teeth grinding. You may not even be aware that you are grinding your teeth, but there are signs that can indicate you are doing so during sleep.