Grind, grind, grind. If you live with a teeth grinder, you may be familiar with this unpleasant sound, especially recently. A recent study published in the journal Head & Face Medicine suggests that people—adults and kids—faced with stress tend to cope by grinding their teeth.

The first step of recovering from teeth grinding is noticing the problem, says Dr. Zammitti. Symptoms of teeth grinding include:

  • Sensitivity in the teeth
  • Tightness or pain in the jaw
  • Dull headaches, earaches, or facial pain
  • Chipped, worn down, or loose teeth

An important thing to remember is that people frequently grind their teeth in response to stress, and taking measures to reduce or eliminate stress can help solve the problem. If the teeth-grinder in your house can’t stop, schedule an appointment to see Dr. Zammitti.You can also visit our website to learn more about the symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD.