Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Stress is a common cause of health problems and that includes your oral health too!


A sign of stress on your teeth is jaw clenching and teeth grinding (also know as Bruxism) wears teeth down and may be a sign of anxiety and/or stress.

Grinding and clenching usually occurs during sleep, episodes of deep concentration or when under stress. 

Teeth grinding can occur in children too.

Symptoms of Bruxism include:

  • earaches

  • disturbed sleep

  • facial pain - particularly noticeable upon waking

  • headaches

  • stiffness and pain in the jaw - know as Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

  • teeth are worn down, damage to teeth and enamel - leading to increased sensitivity

  • broken teeth

  • broken fillings

  • sensitive teeth

  • your partner may notice sounds of grinding whilst you sleep


Causes of teeth grinding may not always be clear, it can be linked to other factors in life such as stress or sleep disturbances. It can be difficult to narrow down the cause but grinding can be treated.


Nicola or Chris will examine your mouth, checking for any irregular wear of the teeth linked to grinding. They may prescrbe t wear a mouth guard which helps reduce clenching or grinding your teeth reducing pain and preventing tooth wear, as well as protecting against further damage.

Here at Nicola Taaffe @ West Grove, all mouth guards are made to measure, we'll take an imprint of your teeth so it fits only your mouth. The dentist will advise how often your custom-fit night guard will need to be worn.

Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

Treating Teeth Grinding

Causes of Teeth Grinding

Helpful Websites

Are you a grinder?

Not sure if you're suffering with teeth grinding.

Book an appointment online

Need a mouth guard?

If you think you might need a night mouth guard to protect your teeth from wearing down

Contact us via email or call to arrange an appointment

General Dental Council


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Website Updated: 27/10/2020

Nicola Taaffe at West Grove