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How Teeth Become Damaged at Night
Bruxism (teeth grinding) is a condition in which patients grind their teeth regularly. It can affect people during the day or at night. There is no single explanation for bruxism, but doctors and dentists believe it may be associated with a combination of psychological, genetic, and physical factors that cause the jaw muscles to become overactive.
Bruxism that occurs during the day time can be a coping mechanism for stress or intense emotions, such as anger, fear, or anxiety. Some people with “awake” bruxism may also grind their teeth as a habit when they are concentrating on something else , such as work or schoolwork.
Bruxism can also occur during sleep. Sleep bruxism that occurs overnight is often the result of sleep disturbances and is considered a sleep disorder. Other sleep disorders, such as snoring or sleep apnea, may also contribute to bruxism by exacerbating nighttime disturbances and disruptions to sleep.
Finally, an abnormal bite is another factor that can contribute to bruxism.
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