Poor oral hygiene may be the most common cause of dental and gum problems, but it's not by far the only cause. Chronic teeth grinding, a condition known as "bruxism," can wear down your enamel and expose your teeth to cavities.
Chronic, compulsive teeth grinding disorder, more formally known as "bruxism," is a real problem in the lives of millions of Americans. The excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth can do real damage to your tooth enamel, cause a tooth to crack, chip, or loosen, and can even lead to TMJ disorder.
Bruxism, more commonly referred to as teeth grinding or jaw clenching, is a chronic and potentially serious condition that affects anywhere from 8% to 31% of the US population. It may seem like merely a bad habit that could easily be kicked and like something that couldn't do much damage anyway.
You may be suffering negative impacts to your oral health due to bruxism, the technical dental term for chronic, habitual teeth grinding. You may not even be aware that you are grinding your teeth, but there are signs that can indicate you are doing so during sleep.
There are over 40 million U.S. adults who suffer from some form of tooth sensitivity, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Normally, this sensitivity is only temporary, coming and going, and consists in sharp, sudden pains that affect the sensitive tooth's nerve endings. The pain may be cause by contact with hot or cold foods, sweet foods, anything with high acid content, or even just contact with the air.