About 8% of adults grind their teeth, a condition called bruxism. Even more people clench-which means you tightly clamp your top teeth and bottom teeth together, especially the back teeth. Both triggered by daily stress.
The force of grinding or clenching put pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other structures around your jaw. This can lead to jaw joint disorders, jaw pain and soreness, headaches, earaches, damaged teeth, and other problems. These symptoms are often referred to together as “TMJ” or temporomandibular joint disorders.