Dr. Ronald Shelley of Arrowhead Lakes Sleep Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona explains bruxism (teeth grinding) and how it damages the teeth and causes a great deal of pain and tension in the muscles and joints in the jaw area. The use of an oral sleep appliance, such as a mouth guard, at night helps to alleviate the pain and allows everything to heal, as it only allows the front teeth to bite down and preventing the back teeth to touch, which causes the most damage.

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