I grind my teeth back ones mostly at night.I started doing this today? While just typing and watching tv. It usually happens when I am upset with hubby or son but now it is just happening for no reason? How can i stop this or something I am grinding them down to nothing My bridge is shot to heck? TY for reading
How can I stop grinding my teeth?
- 13 Apr 2011 by bipolar4life
- 6 March 2012
Hi: being a very 'hyper' person, I 'clench' my teeth and jaws all night--hence I've had to have all my gold crowns replaced! My dentist keeps trying to get me to wear a mouth guard, but I am a mouth breather, due to allergies, and I just never got comfortable with the ones he made me in the past--and they can be expensive! I just purchased (but haven't tried yet) an OTC version that I bought at Walgreens: Doctor's NIGHTGUARD Advanced Comfort... even this one cost $30-40.00~~but that is A LOT less than having one custom made for you--- you can try it out, to see if you can even tolerate wearing it before you spend the big bucks on a custom one.
Hope this helps! Mary, madhattersbash
I was a tooth grinder to the point of grinding the enamel off so I tried hypnosis which involved asking me in a hypnotic state to raise my finger if I was ready to stop. I felt my finger raise on its own and problem solved. He had suggested that my jaw was very heavy and open..lax. I hope you can find someone to do this for you as it was my last resort and turned out great.
Your best bet, although it's not all that practical for public use, is to get one of those rubber/plastic mouth pieces to prevent the teeth from grinding. There are OTC ones as well as custom made ones you can consult your dental professional about. Not only will it help your teeth, but it'll help you better realize when you're grinding so you can try another type of coping mechanism for the obvious stress that you're experiencing as well as help your jaw and facial muscles relax while you're sleeping. It'll make you feel more rested in the AM as well.
BP4life huh? Me too:)
trust me when i say this im 44 years old i used to grind my teeth i was told to get a night guard ask for a thin one dont get a thick kind mine lasted 5 years i didnt wear it like i should have i had to go to the dentist every week to fill in the holes i was grinding in my teeth $100.00 a tooth average 4 to 5 a week or i would brake the new filling off from grinding so bad.well at 42 i had to remove all my teeth they where to the pulp the yellow stuff very very painful front teeth they where just little stubs i cryed for 3 full weeks the pain and having no teeth at 44 please please take care of your teeth ..if your teeth are flat and smooth on the bottom side and top side in the front aera you need to get help yesterday good luck i hope this can help you not sure how old you are but you are to young to loose your teeth GOOD LUCK ILL PRAY FOR YOU WV-KID
Good luck with this is problem. It's frustrating. I suggest the custom fit mouth guards because they are much thinner than the ones that you buy in sporting store and more comfortable. I still hate mine though! And yes - I feel bad for my husband who sometimes wants to kiss me goodnight after I've put it in. SO unattractive!
I had some success with a ergonomic pillow, but it only works if I lie on my back. When I lie on my back and my neck rests in curves - it seems to relax my muscles. But as soon as I lie on side - I go back to grinding.
I tried using a neck massager before going to bed, but it doesn't seem to help :(
I have been thinking about trying accupuncture for a long time, but I haven't gone yet.
People always tell me it's related to stress, but it seems to happen to me regardless of my stress level.
Sometimes I wake up with bad headaches as a result of it. Ugh.
I've been doing this for maybe 15 years. My teeth are very sensitive and I'm starting to get big muscles near my jaw (if I only I clenched my abs all night instead!)
I work for an orthodontist and you do not want to get a mouthguard OTC. Unless you want to add TMJ problems to grinding your teeth problems. Best bet is see an orthodontist or dentist for a splint/nightguard. It is made out of a hard acrylic (plastic). It should be adjusted by the doctor to protect your joints and it will help you relax. The OTC type is soft and will actually cause you to grind more because you will want to chew on it. Bad for the TMJ joints. The expense of the splint is more but insurances are doing better at covering for TMJ/grinding issues and functional problems. The soft ones might be cheaper now but will cost you more in pain and money in the long run. I have a splint and wear it every night. It is something I can't live without. You get used to it and grow to love it. Best of luck.
When was the last time you wormed your self, I was told that if you grind your teeth, especially at night, it was a sign that you have intestinal worms, something most people usuall don't like to to think about, but necessary, especially if you have pets and/or kids. You should be dosed about every 3-6 months, you need to do everyone in the house at once, including pets and wash bedding. It may not be the cause of your teeth grinding, but it may help, I've had several surgeons tell me that they have opened up kids to remove their appendix, ie presented with abdo pain, only to find them full of worms.. Not a good look that one.
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