Some people clench or grind their teeth to the point of destructiveness. Most are unaware that they do it, because they often do it while they sleep. The action of grinding- where your upper and lower teeth move back and forth with great force against each other- causes your teeth to flatten. Allowed to persist, grinding can cause temperature sensitivity, pain (when the wear progresses to the nerve), cracks, and possibly tooth loss. Grinding can also cause migraine headaches and pain in the shoulders, neck, back and ears. Wearing a bruxing guard may help to provide relief and prevent damage to your teeth.
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