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Teeth grinders and jaw clenchers may just need botox

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KHQ.COM - People who clench or grind their teeth at night could get relief from botox! that's according to a small new study from Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas.

Researchers injected either botox or a placebo, into the chewing muscles of 22 people with bruxism, which is excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching.

Two months later, the botox group was less likely to grind their teeth and had less jaw pain than the placebo group.

Experts say the drug blocks the signals that tell jaw muscles to contract. Larger studies are needed to confirm these results.

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