If you grind your teeth, you're not alone!
Teeth grinding (also know as Bruxism) is something that affects adults and children, with 8-10% of the population being affected by the habit*.
Bruxism is categorised in to awake bruxism and sleep bruxism. Teeth grinding doesn't doesn't tend to occur with awake bruxism though.
It doesn't always cause symptoms but many people who grind their teeth can suffer from facial pain, headaches, broken sleep and it can wear down or even break your teeth.
*source: The Bruxism Association
But why does it happen? Why do people grind their teeth?
There's no single answer but it's generally accepted that it's usually a result of other contributing factors, such as:
How to stop grinding teeth?
Using a night guard (for sleep bruxism) can help prevent the effects of teeth grinding. They reduce the feeling or sensation you get when grinding your teeth.
However if your teeth are broken or sensitive, or you have jaw or facial pain, it's always best to seek advice from a Dr or dentist.