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Tooth Grinding Overview

Another name for Tooth Grinding is Bruxism.

What is bruxism?
A person with bruxism has episodes of grinding, or clenching the teeth. The clenching and grinding can cause damage to the surface of the teeth. Bruxism usually occurs during sleep: those who have bruxism may not be aware that they have this condition.

What are the symptoms of bruxism?
Symptoms of bruxism usually occur during sleep and include grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw.

How does the doctor treat bruxism?
Treatment of bruxism may include biofeedback, hypnotherapy, anti-anxiety medications, and dental guards.

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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