Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, is clenching or grinding your teeth, often without being aware that you are doing it. In the United States, bruxism affects an estimated 30 to 40 million children and adults. Some people grind their teeth only during sleep. This condition is called “nocturnal bruxism” or “sleep-related bruxism.” Others grind their teeth during the daytime as well, most often during situations that make them feel tense or anxious. People with severe bruxism can fracture dental fillings or cause other types of tooth damage. Bruxism can have a variety of psychological and physical causes. In many cases, it has been linked to stress, but it can also simply be the body’s reaction to the teeth being aligned wrong or a poor bite.
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