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clenching

(klench'ing)
1. Forcible, repeated contraction of the jaw muscles with the teeth in contact. This causes pulsating, bilateral contractions of the temporalis and pterygomasseteric muscles. It may be done consciously, subconsciously while awake, or during sleep. See: bruxism
2. Tightly closing the fist.

clench·ing

(klenching)
Nonfunctional tooth clamping in centric occlusion.
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PS: Maria showed me the magazine article about clenching your fist.
Based on previous work, the researchers suggested that this effect of hand-clenching on memory may be because clenching a fist activates specific brain regions that are also associated with memory formation.
"Getting a Grip on Memory: Unilateral Hand Clenching Alters Episodic Recall." PLoS ONE 8: e62474, 24 April 2013.
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Plus, facial muscle spasms and tension headaches can result from clenching back teeth (grinders squeeze their back teeth 14 times harder than non-grinders).
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Repeated clenching can lead to headaches, deterioration of teeth and even teeth being worn down to the jaw bone.
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