Many people express their reactions to stress and strain by exhibiting some unusual oral behavior. In my experience, I have seen people suck their tongues, chew their cheeks, and/or grind their teeth. As these are outlets of nervous energy, it is not always possible to change them. Instead, I usually make a soft, resilient shock absorbing mouth guard for the patient to wear. This permits the habit to continue, but eliminates the possibility of self-injury.
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