Most people today at some point in their life have dealt with stress. For many of us stress is part of our life. Unfortunately stress can cause many symptoms and side effects. One symptom we have been seeing more of lately is bruxism or grinding of the teeth. Bruxism can also be triggered by suppressed anger or frustration, a competitive or hyperactive personality type, abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth, changes during sleep cycles and pain from an earache. If not treated bruxism or grinding can cause your teeth to become loose or fracture as well as cause tension headaches and facial pain. Since bruxism or grinding usually occurs while sleeping most people don’t even know they are doing it. If you suspect you are grinding, see your dentist before the symptoms get worse. We can help by making you a night guard. A night guard protects teeth from complications associated with bruxism.