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A study has shown sufficient evidence that sleep apnea is associated with temporomandibular disorder (TMD). A group of researchers at the Chapel Hill School of Dentistry of the University of North Carolina alongside colleagues from three other universities wanted to find out the link between sleep apnea and TMD. They reported that an individual with two or more symptoms had a 73% risk of first onset TMD.

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Teeth grinding causes damage to the teeth and gums. The damage can be anything from minimal to severe. Teeth grinding is fairly common within the population and can have different causes. Teeth grinding can happen during the day or at night. Severe teeth damage is caused by sustained pressure during clenching. A dentist is best placed to detect the problem and recommend the best treatment.

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teeth grindingBruxism is now confirmed as one of the manifestations of stress. Teeth grinding happens to be a common symptom of stress. A study at the Heinrich-Heine University in Germany sought to find out the relationship between bruxism and stress. Thin plates were used to evaluate teeth grinding in bruxism patients and normal people.

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