Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um) is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake (awake bruxism) or clench or grind them during sleep (sleep bruxism). Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder.

SOURCE: The Mayo Clinic

We now know that there is a strong association between bruxism and obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, some studies have shown as much as a 50% overlap. So, if you are clenching and grinding every night, at least think about your nocturnal breathing status. A.B. Luisi, Jr., D.M.D.