What Causes Teeth Grinding?

For many patients, stress is the primary cause of teeth grinding. If you tend to clench or grind your teeth when you are angry or stressed, you may be damaging your teeth. Common causes of this habit include:

  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
  • Poor bite alignment
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • High stress levels, tension and anger

How Do I Know If I Grind My Teeth?

Signs you may have a problem with teeth grinding include:

  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Earaches
  • Jaw pain, stiffness or tightness
  • Flat or chipped teeth
  • Small sores or cuts on the inner cheeks
  • Facial pain