Bruxism refers to grinding of teeth. Bruxism is believed to be an involuntary contraction of muscle that occurs mostly at night (though in some it may occur even during daytime) due to relaxation of muscles after overwork.
Some Facts about Bruxism
Some people may refer bruxism as clenching of teeth but according to me clenching should not be confused with bruxism as it is a separate disease.
Most of the bruxism patients experience grinding of teeth at night time (night grinders) but few patients may also experience day time teeth grinding. Most tenderness and tiredness in the jaw muscles is felt after waking up from sleep in the morning. Sometimes it may go unnoticed. It may turn out to be a terrifying condition for some people. Sometimes it can be so debilitating that it can make the person go crazy and the sufferer may even fall into depression. To make the condition worse for the patient, most doctors and dentist are not able to exactly diagnose the exact cause of the disease and they just end up relating the disease to stress. At times this condition can put the patient into so much stress and depression that the patient may even develop suicidal tendency.