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does smiling with clenched teeth decrease bruxism?

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Dr. Steven Bender
34 years experience Dentistry
NO: If your teeth are clenched together, you are incresing muscle activity.
Answered on Dec 3, 2012
Dr. Joseph Ritz
45 years experience Dentistry
No: Bruxism is a neuro-muscular habit. The causes are varied and contraversial. See your dentist and discuss options for management of this common but potentially damaging pattern.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
No: Any activity that induces muscle activity has the potential to increase bruxism. Clenching is one of these....Don't do it!
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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