Teeth grinding

Also known as: Bruxism
Bruxism is the unconscious act of grinding the teeth, usually at night during sleep. Bruxism has been observed in people of all ages, including young children. It is a contributing factor in temporomandibular (TM) disorders.

Like daytime teeth clenching, bruxism is often considered to be stress-related. Sleep disorders are also a cause of bruxism. The negative effects of bruxism include:
  • Wearing down of the teeth over time.
  • Lingering muscle tension and spasm.
  • Undue stress on the jaw (TM) joint.

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