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Is teeth grinding (bruxism) harmful?

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Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasional teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, doesn't usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Bruxism/Teeth Grinding."

MedlinePlus: "Bruxism."

American Sleep Association: "Bruxism."

 

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Bruxism/Teeth Grinding."

MedlinePlus: "Bruxism."

American Sleep Association: "Bruxism."

 

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

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