Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

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Teeth grinding, also called _______, is often viewed as _ harmless, though annoying, habit. ____ people develop bruxism from __ inability to deal with ______ or anxiety.

However, teeth grinding can _________ transform your bite relationship ___ worse, severely damage your _____ and jaws over long _______ of time.

Teeth grinding can cause ________ to the chewing surfaces __ your teeth. This abnormal ____ and tear will prematurely ___ and loosen your teeth, ___ open them to problems ____ as hypersensitivity (from the _____ cracks that form, exposing ____ dentin). Bruxism can also ____ to chronic jaw and ______ pain, as well as _________.

If no one has ____ you that you grind ____ teeth, here are a ___ clues that you may ______ from bruxism:

  • Your jaw is often ____, or you hear popping ______ when you open and _____ your mouth.
  • Your teeth look abnormally _____ or worn down.
  • You notice small dents __ your tongue.

Bruxism is somewhat treatable. _ common therapy involves use __ a special appliance worn _____ sleeping. Less intrusive, though ____ as effective methods could _______ biofeedback, and behavior modification, ____ as tongue exercises and ________ how to properly align ____ tongue, teeth and lips.