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Tooth Clenching And Grinding Damages Teeth At A Dentist Near Camberley, Surrey

Bruxism (teeth grinding) is the involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth.  This subconscious behaviour most often occurs when you are asleep.  Bruxism can create huge forces and can cause broken teeth, loose fillings and loss of tooth surface enamel.  Bruxing can also cause sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and food, headaches, trigger migraines and other facial pain.  The leading cause of tooth grinding is stress.  These times of stress can be episodic but can lead to habitual clenching or grinding.

The best non invasive method for reducing bruxing is a deprogramming splint.  These are sometimes called night guards, bite guards, occlusal splints and many other names.  It is an appliance which is generally worn at night.  It acts as a spacer between the teeth and can reduce the bruxing habit by 70%.  This reduction in biting force can relieve triggering factors for migraines, headaches and prevent damage to the teeth.

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