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Dental Teeth grinding

Teeth grinding

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Can stress cause teeth grinding?

Grinding tends to occur subconsciously, often while we sleep, and is thought to be linked to stress and anxiety. Some possible causes are:

  • Emotional stress
  • Mental concentration
  • Physical illness
  • Certain medications.


Some signs that you’re clenching and grinding your teeth:

  • Headache, jaw joint or ear pain
  • Sensitive teeth, especially upon waking
  • Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joints, neck or shoulders
  • Tooth indentations on your tongue or cheek.

Treatment options for teeth grinding

  • Stretching
  • Anti-inflammatory pain relief
  • Stress management techniques
  • Using a custom-fitted nightguard.

Nightguards at Health Partners Dental

How does it work?
Wearing a nightguard while you sleep can help ease your pain and protect your teeth from damage done by grinding and clenching.

How’s it fitted?
Your Health Partners Dentist will:

  1. Examine your teeth and determine if a nightguard is the best solution for you.
  2. Take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and bite to create the nightguard.
  3. Book a follow-up appointment to provide you with your nightguard and check it fits correctly.

*Independently conducted research by New Focus Research, November 2016.