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How can grinding my teeth lead to dental problems?

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Whether you grind your teeth during the day, at night, or both day and night, it wears them down. Although teeth grinding can be caused by a number of different reasons including stress and anxiety, it is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or by missing or crooked teeth.

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Richard Price, DMD, spokesperson, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums (Oral Hygiene)."

"Dental Products for Home Use."

WebMD: "Sipping Soda Through a Straw May Cut Cavities."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Richard Price, DMD, spokesperson, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums (Oral Hygiene)."

"Dental Products for Home Use."

WebMD: "Sipping Soda Through a Straw May Cut Cavities."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

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