Do you grind your teeth or excessively clench your jaw? Bruxism is a common problem and research says it affects about 8-31% of the general population. Symptoms that a Bruxer might face could be hypertensive teeth, aching jaw muscles, and headaches. It might also cause increased tooth wear and even cause teeth to break and crowns or fillings to be repeatedly lost or damaged.
There are two types of bruxism
There are two types: one happens during sleep, and is called sleep bruxism and one that occurs when you are awake, called awake bruxism. Symptoms of sleep bruxism are usually worse when you wake and improve as the day goes on. Awake bruxism symptoms are the opposite – usually not present when you wake up, but worsen as the day proceeds. Males and females have an equal prevalence of sleep bruxism, but females have a higher incidence of having awake bruxism.