Dentist in BalewadiSmilekraft Dentistry’s Dr. Priyank Mathur gives an insight into daytime bruxism While night time bruxism is primarily characterised by teeth grinding, it is a little known fact that bruxism can also occur during the day. Though uncommon – occurring in approximately 10% of the population, diurnal bruxism is identified by teeth clenching. In most high stress situations prevalent in modern times, the situation is becoming increasingly common. Teeth clenching is a natural response to stress, but in some cases, daytime bruxism may become chronic and ultimately cause damage and pain. Like grinding, clenching can lead to enamel degradation, headaches, jaw pain, and even tooth breaking or cracking. Unlike it’s counterpart where it may be hard to identify night time bruxism, it is relatively easier to identify and diagnose daytime bruxism as the patient may be conscious of their reactions. It is this awareness that ultimately helps treat the condition. While bruxism does not have a specific cure, it is important to manage the consequences of this disorder. Self awareness and cognitive behavioural therapy may be used to manage stressful situations and consciously avert teeth clenching. However, in cases where this is unsuccessful, other treatment options are available. Custom daytime mouth guards are thin, discrete and nearly unnoticeable when worn. Without any speech impairment or visual evidence, these can help protect your enamel and cushion your jaw from the intense force of diurnal bruxism. A visit to your dentist will help you identify the best solution. If you find yourself to be suffering from daytime bruxism, take steps immediately to prevent further damage to your pearly whites.