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Bruxism: Do you clench or “grind” your teeth?

Bruxism is a very common condition; most adults today, to a greater or lesser degree, suffer from bruxism. Causes? Many, mainly stress, but also occlusion (bite) problems, and many more. Complications? Yes, many, from headaches, muscle pain in the face, neck and different chewing muscles (on the sides of the face and head), to tooth wear and fractures and complications and wear in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint, which joins the jaw to the skull), limitation of mouth opening or even ringing in the ears. Solutions? Yes, many, depending on the case, bruxism can be treated with orthodontics, occlusal corrections or adjustments, and guards for daily and/or night use that prevent tooth wear, and cause a “reflex” type effect in the muscles of the teeth. chewing that opens the mouth and relaxes.

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