Bruxism is a broad term used to encompass a number of behaviors, including:
- Gnashing of teeth
- Grinding of teeth
- Clenching of teeth
- Gritting of teeth
- Any of these behaviors during sleep
Teeth grinding causes may include anything from high stress to abnormal bite to crooked teeth. If bruxism sounds serious, consider this: The masseter, the cheek muscle that helps us chew, is one of the strongest muscles in the entire body. Dental researchers say it can exert up to 600 pounds of force per square inch on the molars in the rear of our mouths. It’s a strong muscle and can have a big impact on jaw and mouth health.
It’s important to understand the consequences of bruxism and how it can impact your dental health.