Do you wake up in the morning feeling tension in your jaw and face? Or do you regularly experience dental discomfort but do not have dental decay? If so, you may be grinding your teeth. The correct term for teeth grinding and clenching is bruxism. Patients who experience bruxism have a greater chance of experiencing severe dental issues, such as cracks or breaks, due to the repeated pressure on the teeth. One major cause of bruxism is stress.