Reviewed by Alfred Wyatt Jr. on June 22, 2015

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JEFFREY SIMS, DDS

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DR. JEFFREY SIMS, DDS: People clench and grind for a couple of reasons.

Some people are anxious.

Some people's central nervous system dictates it, and so it depends what the issue is why they clench and grind.

One of the easiest ways of helping that patient not destroy their teeth when they clench and grind is to wear an appliance either at night or during the day.

But sometimes we can't stop the rubbing or the grinding.

But we can alleviate it.

If it's a matter of a bite issue where teeth don't match in a balanced way, all we have to do is take a rotary instrument and just balance the teeth out, and they'll stop. So it just depends.