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Bruxism

Bruxism is the habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. While it can also be a waking habit, it primarily occurs at night while you sleep.

You may not even be aware that you have it. Bruxism is linked to stress and can lead to tooth damage and temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ, which can cause headaches, earaches, and facial discomfort.

Because bruxism is not easy to detect, you may not become aware of the habit until you notice your teeth have become worn or your partner notices the grinding noise.

Grinding your teeth damages them gradually over time, increasing sensitivity and leaving them more susceptible to breakage. Treatments for bruxism include wearing a mouth guard or splint, as well as practising muscle-relaxing exercises and stress management.

If you are dealing with the effects of bruxism, contact The Gentle Dental on 020 8224 7562 to find out how we can help.

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