"Keep a stiff upper lip" or "get a grip!" That's often the
advice we get-and give-on how to cope with stress.
If you take it literally, the result could be grinding your teeth or clenching
your jaws. It's called bruxism, and often it happens as we sleep, caused not just
by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are
missing or crooked. In the United States, bruxism affects an estimated 30 to 40
million children and adults.
Symptoms include a dull headache or a sore jaw. You could have teeth that are
painful or loose from severe grinding. This can lead to fractures in your teeth.
Dr. Dahlkemper can fit you with a night guard to protect your teeth during sleep.
Contact us for more information about Bruxism and Teeth Grinding.