The condition in which a person grinds, gnashes, or clenches their teeth is called bruxism. An individual might be clenching their teeth unknowingly while their awake, or clenching and grinding their teeth during shuteye. Sleep bruxism and awake bruxism may damage one’s teeth.

Sleep bruxism is the type of bruxism that is regarded as a sleep-related movement condition. Individuals who suffer from such are likelier to experience other sleep disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea. While mild bruxism does not require treatment, frequent bruxism may need attention as it can cause other conditions. Dr. Kami Hoss, CEO of The Super Dentists, says that recurrent and severe sleep bruxism may result in jaw disorders, damaged teeth, headaches, and other health issues.

The short term effects of bruxism include loud and troublesome clenching and grinding of teeth. One’s jaw muscles may also feel tired and tight, and their neck and face may feel pain or discomfort; earache-like pain, indistinct headaches beginning from the temples, and inflammations on the inside of a person’s cheek due to chewing are also included.

If bruxism is left untreated, the condition could worsen. Flattened, chipped, fractured, and loose teeth are signs of severe bruxism. Dr. Kami Hoss says serious cases of bruxism can lead to the jaw popping or clicking, causing lockjaw. Persons who suffer from severe bruxism may also develop temporomandibular joint disorders and dysfunctions. The most expensive and long-term effect of the condition is the harm it causes on one’s teeth.

Dr. Kami Hoss is a sought-after author, consultant, inventor, and speaker in the fields of dentistry and business. He has a master’s in craniofacial biology and doctorate in dental surgery. For more updates, visit this blog.