Bruxism is a condition whereby excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching wear down the tooth. Bruxism is a common problem. Some of the commonly associated symptoms with bruxism include hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, headaches, tooth wear, damage to dental restorations (e.g crowns and fillings) and damage to teeth. In many cases headaches can be one of the only short term side affects of Bruxism and therefore people may not be aware of the condition. The causes of bruxism are not completely understood, but stress has been identified as one contributing factor.
If you are suffering with Bruxism we would generally recommend a mouth guard to protect your teeth, and minimise the effects of the grinding. But, while this will help with the grinding issue short term, it might be advisable to seek help with your underlying stress or anxiety to fully resolve the matter, long term.