Many Turn to Teeth Grinding for Stress Relief

Harms said that many dentists who can't get their patients to stop grinding and clenching will adjust the patients' bite to decrease the impact on their teeth.

"It's a very hard habit to break," said Harms.

Sophie says that her grinding problem has opened her eyes to how stressed she actually is and just how hard it is to stop.

"It's crazy to think that I'm that stressed," said Sophie. "I can't even control it -- especially if I'm doing it at night I'm doing damage to myself but I don't even realize it. It's frustrating."

LaRosa says her doctor's advice was nearly impossible to follow.

"He told me to avoid stress," she said, laughing.

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