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Prattville, AL
A 40-year-old female asked:

What causes teeth grinding while sleeping?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Malocclusion: Malocclusion of teeth cause grinding. Teeth are trying to touch each other, if they don't touch (malocclusion) they gring due to the void. Mouth guard (night slpint) fills that potential gap which may prevent TMJ pain, or headaches. Dentist may make a mouth guard for you, some people buy a sport mouth guard and use it when they sleep. See your dentist.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Grinding teeth: Teeth grinding is caused by involuntary contraction of the jaw (masseter) muscle during sleep. This in turn is usually caused by stress or chronic habits (like chewing on pencils). Since the individual is asleep, s/he is unable to control it. The best management is to have your dentist make a mouth guard to protect the teeth and reduce the friction. Ibuprofen will help for pain.
Dr. Dante De Crescenzo
Dentistry 49 years experience
Possibly stress: For many people, grinding of the teeth (or bruxism) that occurs during sleeping is related to stress and tension.
Dr. Isaac Datikashvili
Dentistry 16 years experience
Few things: Teeth grinding can be a habit or can be onset by stress things to help is to see your dentist for a dental appliance to prevent the teeth from touching during sleep, eliminate alcohol and caffeine after 6pm and if the grinding becomes severe your dentist might want to prescribe mild muscle relaxers to relax the major muscles of the jaw
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dentistry 38 years experience
Contact DDS: See your dentist for an evaluation, stress, premature contacts are a few of the reasons for teeth grinding. Let your dentist have a look to determine the possible causation factor and more important, how to remedy the situation to not have more problems. If warranted, a night guard may be fabricated or more involved dental procedures may be needed.

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Prattville, AL
A 40-year-old female asked:

What causes teeth grinding while sleeping?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
A Verified Doctoranswered
A US doctor answeredLearn more
Malocclusion: Malocclusion of teeth cause grinding. Teeth are trying to touch each other, if they don't touch (malocclusion) they gring due to the void. Mouth guard (night slpint) fills that potential gap which may prevent TMJ pain, or headaches. Dentist may make a mouth guard for you, some people buy a sport mouth guard and use it when they sleep. See your dentist.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What could lead to grinding teeth while sleeping?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne ORoark
Dentistry 57 years experience
Stress: Night grinding or bruxism is common with adults. A common cause is stress. It needs to be dealt with and the easiest and predictable is with a custom made bite or night guard. Do not think the ones available in the drugstore will do the job, it needs to be made from a model of your jaw and then the bite adjusted. A soft bite guard will actually increase the grinding or clenching.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How to stop teeth grinding while sleeping?

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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Night Guard: A night guard won't stop the grinding but it can help prevent the harmful effects that it causes.
Philippines
A 30-year-old male asked:

Grinding teeth when sleeping. what does it mean?

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Damaging: can be from illfitting teeth, stress, a host of things, BUT it damages teeth and a bite guard works well
A 43-year-old member asked:

What can be done while sleeping to stop teeth grinding?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Bruxism: I would encourage you to start with your dentist who can determine if this is related to dental problems. If bruxism has a stress component -try to stress less. Ways to address stress. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or >>.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. Take care.
Dec 7, 2013

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