Jaw clenching is a habitual or involuntary contraction of the masseter muscle, resulting in the forceful closure of the jaws. This behavior, often associated with stress or concentration, can occur both during the day and at night, with nocturnal episodes classified under sleep bruxism. While an occasional clench may not pose health risks, persistent jaw clenching can lead to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD), dental issues, headaches, and facial pain.

Notably distinguished by its unconscious nature, jaw clenching can be exacerbated by factors such as anxiety, certain medications, alcohol consumption, and irregular sleep patterns. Diagnostic methods generally involve clinical examinations and patient-reported symptoms but may also include polysomnographic studies for more definitive results.

Management strategies primarily aim to reduce pain and prevent further dental damage. These may encompass behavioral therapies, physical interventions like oral splints, and pharmacological treatments when necessary.

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