What is daytime bruxism?Grinding or clenching teeth is a natural response to stress that creates unnatural dental problems over time.

Teeth grinding (bruxism) commonly occurs while you are sleeping, but it can happen when you’re awake, too.

Not unlike its nocturnal counterpart, daytime bruxism relates to anxiety and stress. Many people unconsciously clench or grind their teeth during the day, often in response to work-related stress. Over time, this automatic reaction will cause headaches, jaw soreness and eventually destroy your teeth.


Possible causes of daytime bruxism may include:

  • High-stress Occupations – High-stakes, deadline-focused work environments
  • Tension – A short-term emotion that arises in day-to-day scenarios such as sitting in traffic during rush hour
  • Teeth Misalignment – An abnormal bite or uneven smile


How do you stop this unconscious habit? The answer may vary. Is your bruxism caused by stress, tension, or perhaps a more considerable misalignment concern? To understand the overall cause and severity of your condition, you must seek professional dental advice.

One of the most effective treatment options for daytime bruxism is wearing an orthotic appliance. Also known as a mouth guard or splint, their customized design protects the teeth, reduces jaw soreness, and prevents grinding, day or night.

Find Out What’s Causing Your Daytime Bruxism

At Dentistry at East Piedmont, we provide a complimentary smile consultation to all patients. This consultation is a comfortable, no-obligation way to sit down with Dr. Patel and discuss which options are suitable for you. When you express concerns about bruxism, Dr. Patel will thoroughly examine your teeth, tissues, and muscles to determine your condition’s severity.

Contact our office in Marietta to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about our bruxism treatment options.

Blog originally published December 11, 2017 — updated April 13, 2021.

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