Waking up tired, with sore jaw,or notice your teeth is wearing out faster than you thought it is for your age.You may not be aware that you are grinding/clenching your teeth while sleeping and occasionally even when you are awake, under stressful situations. This condition is also called bruxism.
In kids, so long as they do not have crooked teeth, chances are that as they grow, they will stop clenching the teeth. For Adults this is a concern that needs attention. Teeth grinding and clenching can have impact on quality of sleep, thus quality of life.
Teeth grinding is caused by many factors. From stress to breathing difficulties. Crooked teeth causing abnormal bite is also one of many other reasons. A thorough investigation can determine the cause and appropriate intervention can be decided by the Dentist, that may involve referral to other specialists as well.