Bruxism (or grinding) is a disorder that involves excessive movement of clenched teeth back and forth and side to side during sleep. Clenching is the act of biting your teeth together with excess force during sleep. Clenching/grinding your teeth can cause damage to your jaws, generalized tooth pain and sensitivity, and fractured/broken teeth. Some common symptoms include headaches, earaches, facial pain, stiffness/pain of the jaw, limitations of mouth opening, tiredness upon waking, tooth sensitivity (especially in the morning), and crunching/popping of jaws. In order to help with grinding/clenching, an examination would be conducted by your dentist, and often a nightguard recommended (a piece of plastic that fits on top of the teeth to act as a cushion to protect your joint and teeth at night). If you experience any of these symptoms, it is time you visit your dentist at Lakeshore Dental Care.