Almost everyone grinds their teeth at least a little from time to time. For some, though, the grinding becomes a medical problem. Do you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw or a dull headache? Do you find that you have sore or sensitive teeth from time to time with no apparent cause? Does your partner tell you that you’re keeping him or her up at night gnashing, clicking, or grinding your teeth? You may be one of the roughly 10% of adults who suffer from nighttime teeth grinding, medically referred to as bruxism. This condition is likely caused by missing or improperly aligned teeth, stress, or anxiety, and can lead to headache, TMJ, sore jaws, broken, cracked, or worn teeth, and even losing teeth and needing crowns or partial or complete dentures. That’s right, you can actually grind your own teeth down to nubs such that you need to have them replaced. It’s not pretty, and you should talk to Dr. Woods- your Alpharetta dentist at Smilescapes Dentistry.