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Why Am I Grinding Teeth?

I’d like to answer a question that I’m frequently asked by patients: Why am I grinding teeth? Well, the obvious answer is because of stress and anxiety. A lot of times, patients will take out their stresses on their teeth and it’ll lead to wearing and chipping and fracturing. A less understood reason for grinding and clenching is because of the relationship between your top and bottom teeth and jaw and how they meet. Malocclusion or crooked teeth or worn teeth will not meet properly and your jaw will sometimes try to find a balanced position leading to grinding. The third – probably the most misunderstood – reason is related to an obstructed sleep airway. Some patients’ airway will collapse at night time and grinding will actually help to posture or keep that airway open at night time. If you recognize some of the teeth grinding / bruxism symptoms, make sure that you see your dentist. At Washington Center for Dentistry, we give our patients outstanding results and excellent care. Learn more about mouth guards which can prevent snoring, teeth grinding and sleep apnea. These devices protect the structure and appearance of your teeth. We can also help correct the damage of teeth grinding such as worn or mobile teeth.