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Teeth Grinding Explained


According to the Chicago Dental Society, the No. 1 cause of teeth grinding is believed to be stress and anxiety.
According to the Chicago Dental Society, the No. 1 cause of teeth grinding is believed to be stress and anxiety.
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Do you practice bruxism? No, it's not a strange new religion or the latest exercise craze to come out of L.A. It's the complicated medical term for the simple act of grinding your teeth.

If you are a "bruxer," you're not alone. Some estimates put the number of teeth grinders in America at nearly 47 million, or 15 percent of the population [source: Sweeney]. For the most part, teeth grinding -- which can happen during the day or at night while you're sleeping -- is a relatively minor affliction and may not even need treatment. However, in other cases, grinding your teeth can lead to jaw problems or damage to the teeth.

Here, we give you all you need to know to find out if you're a bruxer, including the causes of teeth grinding, symptoms to watch out for and treatments that can give your teeth a break -- before they literally break.


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