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Health Tip: Battling Bruxism

(HealthDay News) -- Bruxism, the clenching or grinding of teeth, commonly occurs while you sleep. It can cause headaches, jaw pain and tooth damage.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to cope with bruxism:

  • Bruxism may be a sign of stress. To help alleviate stress, develop a soothing bedtime routine.

  • Create a cool, dark and comfortable sleep environment, and don't let work into the bedroom.

  • Sleep on your side or stomach, not on your back.

  • Get regular exercise, and make sure you get enough sleep.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 11/20/2013
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