Bruxism is a common condition in which you grind, or clench your teeth consciously or subconsciously, and can occur during the day or night. It can be caused by anything ranging from stress, lack of sleep, poor posture to misalignment of teeth. Bruxing results in unnatural tooth wear and if left untreated it can cause teeth to chip or fracture leading possibly to needing root canal therapy or even tooth loss. Apart from tooth damage, bruxing may also result in headaches, and pains in the head/neck muscles. Please alert your Beyond Smiles dentist if you have concerns regarding your bruxing.