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Teeth Clenching

Teeth Clenching: Teeth clenching is a condition in which people clench, grind or gnash their teeth. Bruxism is the medical term for grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw. Often people are not aware that they are clenching their teeth especially if they do so while asleep. There are several degrees of teeth clenching ranging from a mild condition in which treatment is not required to a severe condition which can cause headaches, tooth damage, jaw disorders and other problems.

Most cases of teeth grinding (nearly 80%) occur subconsciously during sleep. It's usually associated with contributing factors, such as stress or anxiety.

Bruxism also affects people when they're awake, although this is more likely to be clenching the teeth and jaw, rather than grinding their teeth. Most people do it subconsciously while concentrating or when they're in stressful situations.
Many people with bruxism find it will come and go. It's likely to be worse during stressful periods.

Your lifestyle can also have an effect. For example, regularly drinking alcohol, smoking and using recreational drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine increases your risk of teeth clenching.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

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