Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding. A range of symptoms indicates this condition, which can lead to tooth and jaw problems and even affect other areas of the face and head. Often, stress, anxiety, and concentration cause bruxism, and more rarely it develops due to drug use.
Bruxism is the involuntary grinding, gnashing, and clenching of teeth, usually while a person is asleep. About 50% of people grind their teeth on occasion, but only about five percent do so on a regular basis and with a considerable amount of force. Generally, a partner or parent is the first to notice the condition, as they hear the grinding while the affected individual is sleeping.
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