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Grinding my teeth please help

I have been recently doing this, but only on my right handside as anyone else been doing this, and if so what did you do to stop it?

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Re: Grinding my teeth please help

I've been doing it all my life - have broken teeth and caused a root canal from the pressure damage to one. Best thing to do is go to the dentist and get a mouthguard. Warning: they are very expensive!
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I do it but only when I'm stressed! Are you stressed at the moment?
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Re: Grinding my teeth please help

I sometimes do this but usually only if I go to bed after a few beers. Go to the dentist and get a tooth guard, otherwise you'll grind your teeth to a problem. Maybe also work out why you're grinding them
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Re: Gringing my teeth please help

This is usually a stress related condition. It is sometimes worse at night when you are asleep and not aware of it. It can be helped with a suitable tooth guard. Your dentist should be able to assist with this.

http://www.bruxism.org.uk/?gclid=CJO...Fc0a3godbiLmlw

Another related symptom is the jaw clicking. This is not a rare condition and can be treated. When I mentioned at work that I was getting a guard from my dentist it turned out that two other people in our office out of 5 also had them.

My guard cost around £45.00 a couple of years ago.
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I've been doing it all my life - have broken teeth and caused a root canal from the pressure damage to one. Best thing to do is go to the dentist and get a mouthguard. Warning: they are very expensive!
Yeah...consult your dentist. It can cause problems. So grit your teeth and make an appointment.

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I sometimes do this but usually only if I go to bed after a few beers. Go to the dentist and get a tooth guard, otherwise you'll grind your teeth to a problem. Maybe also work out why you're grinding them
I tend to do it in my sleep
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Re: Grinding my teeth please help

Yes, I do this too when I'm stressed (or eating delicious food in a dream I guess). I have been told the best fix is the mouthguard, but based upon my experience with both U.S. and Swiss dental prices, I haven't got around to getting one. Probably not as good decision as it may cost more in the long run to fix problems.
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Maybe it's because of all the stres you are going through worrying about the kids!
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Stress is not always something that you conciously identify. With your children being unwell and the cold weather, these could be enough to raise your stress levels.

There are many signs of stress that materialise before people feel unable to cope etc. This could be an early warning.
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I'm sure stress isn't the only cause.
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Ok then please tell me what it can be
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Re: Grinding my teeth please help

==Bruxism/teeth grinding==
Acknowledgments: This section has been developed by DVA Dental Advisers using content from John Appleyard's, (B.D.S Adel) webpage: www.johnappleyard.com.au/bruxism.html
===What is bruxism?===It is the grinding or clenching of teeth usually at times of stress or high concentration. In some instances the person who has the habit is not aware of it. Often it is the spouse who hears the grating and grinding sound during the night from a partner bruxing during sleep.
Once established, the habit of bruxing may come into play when a person is tired or stressed.
===What causes it?===Bruxism is commonly triggered by a stressful event such as starting a new job or a new school, examinations, relationship problems, other personal crisis or harrowing experience. In some instances a poor bite, caused by problems such as teeth drifting and moving or fillings being too high, can contribute to the habit.
===Why can it be a problem?===Chewing at meal times involves some grinding and clenching of the teeth. If this grinding is done for other reasons and at other times it can lead, depending on force and duration, to a number of difficulties, including:
  • Worn down teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Damage to the jaw joints
  • Enlarged and painful jaw muscles
  • Split, cracked and broken teeth
  • Some forms of headache or neck ache
  • Ear and hearing problems.
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===Treatment===If the condition has been related to stress, it sometimes disappears once a person has adjusted to the stress-causing situation; on the other hand it may continue indefinitely.
If bruxing is, or looks like becoming, an established pattern, it is a good idea to have it investigated and treated. Left untreated, there is a strong possibility that the teeth will suffer progressively, and eventually result in extreme damage.
Therapy may involve practitioners other than dentists. However, dentists will undertake the repair of damaged teeth and institute simple preventive measures (such as bite splints) to lessen future damage. The repair process may require periodic repetition.
Relaxation techniques

There are a number of psychological techniques that can help with handling a stressful situation. These include progressive relaxation procedures and counselling to work through issues causing stress.
Adjustment of the bite

Ideally the upper and lower teeth should meet together evenly and comfortably. However, if for some reason this does not happen, bruxism can start as the jaw and the chewing muscles try to grind the teeth into a position where everything feels comfortable. Sometimes the smoothing down of the fillings or teeth that are protruding too far is all that is required to rectify the problem.
Wearing a bite splint

Relief from the effects of bruxism can be obtained from wearing an acrylic bite splint (usually at night). The splint separates the upper and lower teeth and so protects the teeth from further damage. It also relieves the soreness in the chewing muscles and jaw joints.
The splint is usually made to fit the top teeth. The biting surface of the splint is made quite smooth so that the opposing teeth can slide over it very easily.
===When should I see a dentist?===Don't wait for things to go wrong - see a dentist for regular check-ups. This makes it easier to spot early signs of tooth decay or bruxism, as well as gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss. See a dentist if you have symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding or inflamed gums, persistent bad breath or a change in the appearance of the gums. Because oral cancer is more common in people over 45, see a dentist about any persistent mouth ulcers or lumps.



http://www.dva.gov.au/health/menshealth/15_brux.htm


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Stress/Anxiety is the most likely cause:

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The tooth grinding observed during wakefulness and secondary bruxism can be associated with certain medications such as antidepressants or recreational drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy, and disorders such as Parkinson's disease, depression and major anxiety.
Psychological disorders such as stress and anxiety are also known to exacerbate tooth grinding during sleep. In one study, around 70% of sleep bruxists related their nocturnal teeth grinding to stress and anxiety. Bruxism is also more prevalent in individuals who regularly use alcohol, tobacco and caffeine (6 cups or more per day).
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You could try this stress test to check now you are

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Re: Grinding my teeth please help

I have stress related bruxism, and my dentist (a few years ago now) suggested I get a mouthguard. Because of how much it cost, I honestly told my dentist as a poor uni student I could not afford one in the foreseeable future.

In the meantime I was getting tension migraines, and so my dentist suggested I buy a simple gel- mouthguard from a sports store. While it wasn't anywhere near as good or as comfortable as a dentist fit one, it helped keep the grinding to a minimum as I dealt with the things causing the stress in the first place.

As mentioned a dentist fitted one is the best option for the well being of your teeth- but this maybe another option. I would discuss it with your dentist before proceeding.
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Re: Grinding my teeth please help

maybe your teeth crave some more crunchie bars ?
maybe you did not sleep enough for several days ?
maybe you're teeth are simply reacting to a substance, toothpaste, spices ... ?
maybe someone gets on your nerves (is it me?) and you could grind them to powder ?
maybe its boredom and you need some real excitement in your life ?

... if the cause isn't what it says teeth grinding usually means.
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Re: Grinding my teeth please help

You can buy mouth guards (Knirscherschiene) from the Apotheke, there around 110 franks. You dip them in boiling water for a few seconds then (cool slightly) and pop them into your mouth and mold it for a minute.

These are specially for sleeping in. They're made by "Dr Brux".
There was a big advertisement up in our local apotheke.

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Re: Grinding my teeth please help

Personally, I have a mouthpiece that stops me. I bought it in the US, but
I know that they have them here as well. The article on bruxism is good.

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