By Sarah Power

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY SARAH HARRY ISAACS.

For the last couple of years I’ve found myself clenching my teeth constantly; most of the time I don’t even realise I’m doing it. I suffer from bruxism, a condition where the sufferer excessively grinds or clenches their teeth — and, unsurprisingly thanks to all 2020 has dealt us, it’s on the rise.

Many people will be familiar with teeth-grinding at night but for me the problem comes during the day as well. It starts with tightness around my jaw and by the evening my entire face aches as if I’ve just gone 10 rounds with Tyson Fury. My teeth tingle nonstop with sensitivity and my tongue often feels bruised from being constantly plastered to the roof of my mouth. …

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