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A 39-year-old member asked:

what can be done to stop grinding your teeth?

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Dr. Reena Gupta
Dentistry 19 years experience
Stress reduction: Stree does play a big role onteeth grinding..Also get eval by dentist to get bite checked..Wear a night guard..
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Less Masseter Spasm: Jaw muscles called masseters can be over active ; spastic causing clenching. My observations noted one-sided masseter spasm in people who slightly tilt head to one side, with spasm on non-tilt side. When two masseters unequal in strength, the jaw bone moves irregularly causing wear on temporalmandibular joint. Solutions include correct head tilt ; biofeedback to decrease masseter spasms.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Day or night: Nighttime mouthguard from dentist. Days. Just stop through practice. "Lips together, teeth apart".
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Grinding: Stress is generally the culprit and stress is the american disease so i would see my dentist and get a nightguard as well as using some relaxation techniques like meditation or exercise to quiet your mind and lower your blood pressure. This combination should help.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
See dentist: A mouthpiece may help you with grinding or may even cause you to grind more. The type of mouthpiece can often determine if it will improve your problems, but the mouthpiece alone may not be the answer. Do you wear the mouthpiece during the day and night. Grinding is what occurs at night, clenching occurs during the day.

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What should I do for swollen tonsils that make it hard to breath if medication from a doctor isn't working?

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A 37-year-old male asked:

I grind my front teeth all the time day or night . What causes me to do it and what can be done to help stop it ?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Comprehensive exam: The place to start is with a comprehensive dental exam by a dentist or prosthodontist.Your teeth, bite, TMJ and habits will be examined to find out why you are grinding once the why is known a treatment can be established. This can be a complex problem to treat.

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