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What is bruxism?

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Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of the teeth, which often occurs when a person is sleeping.
When you bruxe, the force of your teeth is many times greater that during normal chewing.

These forces can cause:
- flattened or worn down teeth,
- teeth chipped at the gum line
- fractured teeth
- loose teeth
- damage to the jawbone or the jaw joints

You may also notice some of the symptoms of the bruxism such as:
- a sore, tired jaw
- difficulty in opening and closing
- sensitive teeth
- earaches
- headaches
- pain in your jaw joints

You may also notice no symptoms at all.

Though all of the causes of bruxism are not known, stress is often a factor. If this is the case, a variety of stress reduction techniques may be recommended.

Sometimes, missing teeth, worn teeth, or teeth that are out of alignment may cause grinding and clenching. In these case, there are some orthodontic treatments that can restore your bite and can stop grinding and clenching.

A common and effective treatment for stopping the damage caused by bruxism is the use of a night guard. This is a plastic device that fits over your top or bottom teeth and absorbs the forces caused by grinding.

No matter what causes your bruxism, is important to treat it early on to prevent damage and restore harmony to your mouth.




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