Teeth grinding (bruxism)Overview

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching (also called bruxism) is often related to stress or anxiety.


Teeth grinding is where you rub your teeth together or clench your jaw, often without realising it.


If you grind your teeth, you may get pain in your face or jaw, headaches or earache. Over time, you may damage your teeth.


Treatment for teeth grinding depends on the cause. You can get a special mouth guard that stops you damaging your teeth if you need it.


The cause of teeth grinding is not always clear. It's usually linked to things like stress, anxiety or sleep problems.

Page last reviewed: 31/05/2017
Next review due: 31/05/2020