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Can stress lead to teeth grinding?

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Stress may make you clench and grind your teeth. This can happen during the day or at night, and often without your realizing it. If you already clench and grind your teeth, stress could make the habit worse. It can lead to problems with a joint known as TMJ that's located in front of your ear where the skull and lower jaw meet.

SOURCES:

Carol Gomez Summerhays, DDS, San Diego dentist.

David Cochran, past president, American Academy of Periodontology; professor and chairman, department of periodontics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

American Dental Association: "Common Mouth Sores."

Hugo, F.   June 2006. Journal of Periodontology,

Rosania, A.   February 2009. Journal of Periodontology,

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)."

Elter, J.   April 2002. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on July 31, 2017

SOURCES:

Carol Gomez Summerhays, DDS, San Diego dentist.

David Cochran, past president, American Academy of Periodontology; professor and chairman, department of periodontics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

American Dental Association: "Common Mouth Sores."

Hugo, F.   June 2006. Journal of Periodontology,

Rosania, A.   February 2009. Journal of Periodontology,

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)."

Elter, J.   April 2002. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on July 31, 2017

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