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What is sleep bruxism?

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Most people probably grind and clench their teeth during sleep from time to time. Occasional teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis, the teeth can be damaged and other complications can arise, such as jaw muscle discomfort or TMJ pain.

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: Dental Health: Teeth Grinding (Bruxism). The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Parasomnia.com.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: Dental Health: Teeth Grinding (Bruxism). The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Parasomnia.com.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

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