According to some studies, one in three people suffers from bruxism — the technical name for teeth grinding — and it's no laughing matter. If you’re among these teeth-grinding Americans, consciously or unconsciously, it’s time to address the problem. The alternative is not pleasant.
While many people occasionally clench or "mash" their teeth occasionally, 10 percent of cases are considered severe enough to cause serious dental problems. Unchecked, bruxism can lead to cracking or extreme wearing of the teeth that can only be restored by extensive, and expensive, reconstructive surgery.
The grinding, gnashing, gritting of teeth and jaw clenching that characterize bruxism are often unconscious.
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