7. Grinding Teeth
Grinding the teeth is known as bruxism, and many people experience bruxism while they are asleep. There are many problems associated with bruxism, one being that the constant grinding of the teeth can begin to wear them away over time. If you are experiencing enamel loss alongside microfractures, your dentist may tell you that you are grinding your teeth at night and prescribe a night guard. If they do, make sure you ask lots of questions because night guards are also associated with dental problems, including the development of an open bite (see above). Another problem caused by grinding your teeth at night is inflammation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It is located right next to your ear. This excruciating condition is characterized by a clicking sound whenever you open or close your mouth and can feel like an incessant ear infection.