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Bruxism

Bruxism is known as teeth grinding. It is viewed as harmless, yet can be a very annoying habit. Some people develop this habit as a way to deal with stress or anxiety.

Teeth grinding can cause problems with the bite or your teeth or even worse your jaw, over long periods of time.

Teeth grinding causes abnormal wear and tear that prematurely ages and loosens your teeth. Hypersensitivity can develop through cracks that form, exposing your dentin. Bruxism can lead to chronic jaw and facial pain, as well as headaches.

Indications that you grind your teeth are;

Your jaw is sore, or you hear a popping sound when you open and close your jaw.
Your teeth look short and worn down.
You notice small dents in your tongue
To treat bruxism, a small plastic appliance can be worn when sleeping. Also tongue exercises and learning how to align your tongue, teeth and lips help.