An involuntary reaction to anger or stress is clenching and grinding of teeth. For some this reaction can occur throughout the day, this involuntary teeth grinding is called bruxism. A sign of nightly involuntary teeth grinding is waking up with a sore jaw.
Bruxism can not only deteriorate enamel but also weaken teeth and hurt the muscles in the jaw or the jawbone itself. The grinding scrapes off enamel, the protective layer teeth naturally have that keep teeth white and protects the more delicate and sensitive parts of the tooth. It is easy to imagine that this can do a lot of damage to teeth.
Namely, the act weakens teeth. Weakened teeth are at risk of bending or coming loose if grinding persists. Loose teeth run the risk of falling out which can be a hazard if this occurs while eating or drinking. If teeth are inexplicably weak or crooked, be sure to go in for a dental check-up to combat the symptoms of bruxism and discuss what could possibly be causing it.
Treatments to the enamel or braces to realign teeth may be applied. For nighttime grinding, a mouth-guard may be supplied to protect teeth during sleep.