Teeth grinding

Posted: Jan 19 2021

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.

Click here for more info on nightguards.

Posted: Jan 19 2021


The information contained here is of a general nature and does not take into account your personal medical situation. The information is not a substitute for independent professional medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or used for therapeutic purposes. Should you require specific medical information, please seek advice from your healthcare practitioner. Health Partners does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information provided. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them.

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