Teeth grinding may be a reflex tendency for some people when they’re sleeping or anxious. This movement, called bruxism, sheds away the teeth’s enamel and may sometimes produce an unsightly appearance in the tooth. Two of the major phone surveys done on the topic both found that bruxism is experienced by about 8% of the country’s population, of which young children make up a big proportion – up to 20% of respondents, according to the Sleep Bruxism Review of 2011. In contrast, only 3% of all respondents were over 65 years old.
If bruxism is proving to be a serious problem, then it is a problem that must be nipped in the bud. A dentist, such as Dr. Trey Kenna, DMD FAGD, of Downtown Dental in Greenville, SC, will be most helpful in this field. He can help figure out how to stop the grinding or clenching of your teeth.