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by Badash M

(Teeth Grinding)


Risk Factors

Risk factors that increase your chance of getting bruxism include:


Methods of treatment include:

Orthodontic Treatment

Your dentist may recommend:
  • A protective mouth appliance, such as a night guard. It can absorb the pressure of constant night grinding.
  • Correction of misaligned teeth if your bruxism might be caused by this.


Medication is only recommended for short-term use. Medications may include:
  • Muscle relaxants before sleep
  • Mild sleeping aids
  • Injection of botulinum toxin (Botox) in severe cases if other treatment not working
Bruxism that is not treated may result in gum damage, tooth loss, and jaw-related disorders.


Academy of General Dentistry

American Dental Association



Canadian Dental Association

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association



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Teeth grinding. American Dental Association's Mouth Healthy website. Available at: Accessed January 22, 2013.

Bruxism/teeth grinding. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: Accessed August 30, 2013.


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