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Bruxism, also referred to teeth grinding, occurs when the upper jaw rubs both sets of teeth together. Teeth grinding will cause damage to the teeth and other oral health problems.

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·         A warm bath before bed can help to relax the jaw muscles. An alternative to the warm bath is using a heating pad or warm wet washcloth against the jaw.

·         Relaxing to relieve stress will ensure that teeth grinding is reduced.
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An estimated 40 percent of people will suffer from bruxism at one point in their lives. Teeth grinding and clenching are para-functional activities that are poorly understood. These two problems are collectively referred to as bruxism and are associated with symptoms such as headache, tooth wear, jaw disorders and hypertrophy of mastication muscles. The injection of the masticatory muscles with botulinum toxin and occlusal therapy has been ways of treating bruxism.

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worried womanTeeth grinding is a sleep disorder and affects one in every ten individuals. The problem is also referred to as sleep bruxism which describes the gnashing and grinding of teeth during sleep. It is a repetitive, rhythmic and involuntary activity of the muscle in and around the mouth.

Teeth grinders will grind their teeth two or four times per hour during their sleep, according to Maria Clotilde Carra, a Doctor of Medicine in...

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