Many patients exhibit night grinding or clenching also known as bruxism. This oral habit is detrimental to teeth and oral structures. It causes fractures, infections due to trauma, loss of vertical dimension, and excessive wearing of teeth. It is commonly believed that this is caused by stress and anxiety. To protect your teeth, a simple lab-fabricated plastic night guard could be made, to cushion and act as a barrier between your upper and lower dentition. Most insurance companies would cover this procedure. Dr. Medina will help you identify the source of stress in your life and would probably advise you to to take that much-needed vacation soon.