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Clenching Teeth At Night


Grinding and clenching teeth at night is a condition called bruxism. It occurs in many people at some point in their lifetime. The severity and the duration of the problem vary according to individual circumstances. Here's what you need to know:

Symptoms that you're grinding or clenching your teeth at night

Facial pain and fatigue, especially in the jaw area, are common due to prolonged clenching of the muscles. Many people who suffer from bruxism wake up with headaches. Teeth often become painful, sensitive or loose. They may crack, chip or show wear in the enamel. Your sleeping partner may notice loud sounds when your teeth grind together, but it's also possible to do it silently.

Why is it happening?

Physical or emotional stress is the main culprit for bruxism. Physical factors frequently include fitness levels, nutrition, overall health and sleep habits. External emotional stressors can include money, work and relationship challenges

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