Clenching and Grinding
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching are both manifestations of a common condition known as bruxism. Bruxism usually happens unconsciously, and can occur either while you're awake, or while you're asleep.
So what's the difference between teeth grinding and jaw clenching?
Tooth on tooth grinding is more common while you sleep though night jaw clenching still occurs in many people. Waking bruxism is usually characterized by clenching the jaw tightly while you are awake. Clenching and grinding may occur together for some people and others may exhibit only one behavior.
Although jaw clenching and teeth grinding are both forms of bruxism, they don't always occur together.
Grinding teeth is often revealed by the following symptoms:
Jaw Clenching is not only bad for your dental health, it also impacts the muscles of the jaw and face. The symptoms include:
Night Time VS Day Bruxism
Research suggests that jaw clenching and teeth grinding during sleep could have a different set of causes than day time bruxism.
Daytime bruxism is almost always associated with stress. Other causes may be:
If you experience high levels of stress due to your occupation, financial problems you're very likely to have symptoms of bruxism as well. Other causes are mood disorders like Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Panic Disorder.