Refers to the continual grinding and clenching of teeth, whether during the day or while sleeping. While there are many reasons why a patient may grind their teeth, many dentists feel it is a result of misalignment—when the upper teeth don't meet the lower teeth correctly when biting down. Bruxism is often an indicator of anxiety, digestive problems and interrupted sleep patterns. For those who suffer from bruxism during their sleep, a new device called BiteStrip may alleviate some of the painful or uncomfotable symtoms. A dentist can tell if a patient suffers from bruxism if their teeth are abraded in a particular way. Abraded teeth often weaked the overall structure of the mouth and can expose the softer dentin. When dentin is exposed, the tooth is susceptible to further abrasion and even tooth decay and fracture.
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