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Clenching Your Teeth is Detrimental to Your Health

It is interesting to note that a lot of people clench their teeth when
exerting some type of force or concentration.

Clenching your teeth can make the other muscles of your body stronger.
This is similar to when you grip the weights or handles harder in a gym.
The other way to say this is that muscle A becomes stronger if you
contract muscle B at the same time.

Now the question is, "Is it bad to clench your teeth?" The answer
depends on how long you clench your teeth or jaw.

Our finding shows that gritting or clenching your teeth for a long
period of time weakens your other muscle groups significantly, resulting
to blurred vision, weak concentration, and weaker muscle activity.

We also found that various mysterious symptoms of the body begin to
appear because of teeth clenching.

## Teeth Clenching While Sleeping

Usually, you do not clench your teeth while you are asleep. However, if
you wake up with headache or acute pain, you may be clenching or
grinding your teeth at night. In fact, many people are not aware that
they are suffering from involuntary teeth clenching during sleep. This
disorder is known as "bruxism".

## Why Gritting or Clenching Your Teeth is Detrimental to Your Health

Whenever you exert some type of force or mental concentration, the
natural reaction is to clench your teeth or jaw. It's a natural part of
the human 'fight' instinct. By doing so, the strength of the muscle
contraction around your body is increased—but for only 30 seconds.

This is because by clenching your teeth, your body triggers the release
of performance-sapping hormones (cortisol) and lactic acid. Plus, the
airflow through your throat will be restricted. Your overall strength,
power, and speed will start to diminish. Eventually, clenching your
teeth continuously will result to "muscle fatigue".

In other words, constant clenching of teeth can lead to headaches, chin
ache, waste pain, stiff shoulders, knee pain, neck pain, vertigo,
tinnitus, and poor vision, due to muscle fatigue.

Aside from these symptoms, teeth clenching, including bruxism,
interferes with the flow of saliva, causing it to accumulate in the
mouth. This makes you swallow the saliva more often and inhale a lot of
excess air. This will cause belching or fart gas to occur.

It is therefore very important, to break your habit of teeth clenching.
Write a reminder on a piece of paper, and place it in front of your
computer, on your desk, or in your other workplaces.

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