According to the American National Sleep Foundation, 1 out of 12 adults grind their teeth at night.
The symptoms of bruxism, the medical name to define teeth grinding, can include: anxiety, stress and tension, depression, earache, headaches, insomnia, and a sore jaw.
Without management, bruxism leads to shortening of teeth through wear, tooth sensitivity, tooth fractures that in rare cases may deem them non-salvageable, facial muscle pain, and TMD. Long term bruxism may lead to arthritis of the temporomandibular joint.
Treatment of bruxism may include mouthguards, bite adjustments and repair of damaged teeth.