Clenching and grinding teeth is a common problem with people of all ages.
There have been many theories as to the cause of this problem, but never a definitive answer.
However, now it seems that having a sleep disorder could be the underlying cause of grinding your teeth through the night.
Some people might wonder what all the fuss is about, but if you grind your teeth then you’ll understand.
Grinding your teeth on a regular basis can wear down the enamel of the teeth.
Clenching your teeth and rubbing the surfaces together constantly can even cause cracks and chipped teeth in some cases.
The American Academy of Orofacial Pain defines bruxism as “diurnal or nocturnal parafunctional activity which includes clenching, gnashing, gritting and grinding of teeth (source).
It seems that people who suffer from problems of obstructed airways during their sleep are also often likely to suffer from a tooth grinding problem.
Therefore, it seems that in these cases, if the underlying sleep disorder is successfully treated then the grinding of the teeth may stop.
A sleep specialist may be the person to solve the sleep disorder, but they might inadvertently also solve the clenching or grating of the teeth problem too.
You can also try teeth guards to wear during the night. These are commonly available, and prevent the surfaces from being able to be rubbed together.
You can also get advice from a dentist, on how to stop grinding your teeth using teeth guards and other methods.