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how do you stop grinding teeth?

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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Stress relief: Grinding of your teeth or bruxism is often caused by stress. You should find ways to minimize stress or relieve stress and have a bite plate constructed which will minimize the harmful effects of bruxing.
Dr. Karen Spitzer
Dentistry 35 years experience
Bruxing guard: See a dentist or a prosthodontist to determine the problem of your grinding. They can make an appliance called a bruxing gaurd that will protect your teeth from the grinding, .
Dr. Trung Pham
Dentistry 24 years experience
You Can't: Unfortunately, we don't know why people grind their teeth so we can't stop it. However, your teeth, muscles & tm joints can be protected with a bite splint/night guard, physical therapy &/or medications.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Impossible: because it's a movement disorder. If you grind your teeth while you're asleep, you may need to wear a mouth splint at night to protect your teeth and TMJ.
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Stay calm.: People don't stop grinding. They grind due to the stresses of life...Work, family, school, relationships and perhaps sinus troubles what your dentist is trying to do is to protect your teeth from the effects of grinding or bruxing. That would be your teeth wearing down, cracking or breaking. So you have a soft or hard bite guard fabricated. This can be worn day or nite or both depending on you.
Dr. Michael Skidmore
Dentistry 14 years experience
Botox, splint: Most people grind due to stress. The goal is to reduce stress, practice relaxation techniques and stretch the muscles. Otherwise there are 2 basic options: a splint which seperates the teeth and doesn't allow the muscles to contract which is usally worn at night. Or botox. I also grind my teeth and i get great results from botox, i rarely grind or clench now.
Dr. Gary Alder
Dr. Gary Alder commented
Dentistry 47 years experience
Bruxism or grind the teeth involuntarily has been reclassified to an "involuntary Movement Disorder." Bruxim is often attributed to stress. The wailing and gnashing of teeth is a time honored mechanism of dealing with or anxieties and frustrations. Take a look at what causes stress in your life and try to manage it. Stress affects our body in many detrimental ways and if your bruxism is a manifestation of this then by all means seek to cure the root cause of your disease. Superficial management with dental devices or medications will mitigate the detrimental effects of wearing away the teeth, damaging the Temporal Mandibular Joint and excessive use of the muscles but seldom do they treat the underlieing cause of this malady.
Aug 7, 2012
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Nite guard : You may not ever stop grinding your teeth. It can be genetic and unavoidable. It may also be stress related. There may be other causes as well. What you can do is minimize stress and wear a nite guard. You should visit a dentist with extra training in occlusion like pankey or dawson, who will make you a custom therapeutic appliance, much different from a generic night guard.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry 30 years experience
Get a Nightguard: Daytime teeth grinding is a habit which can be broken, like any other. But it's not easy. You have to constantly remind yourself to keep your teeth slightly apart. Night-time grinding cannot be stopped, but its destructive effects can be minimized with a nightguard. Otc appliances rarely work & often cause more pain. Have your dentist recommend the proper nightguard, & have it professionally made.
Dr. Diane Stacey
Dentistry 45 years experience
Bruxism: You can't. Grinding your teeth is a mechanism to react to stress in your life. There is family history of grinding (genetic codes) as well as environmental factors that contribute. All you can do is have a bite coverage appliance made to stop further damage to your teeth. Even a complete lifestyle change to remove stresses from your life may not stop the grinding habit.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Nothing: Nightime teeth clenching/grinding is called nocturnal parafunctional bruxism and is considered one of many sleep disturbances called parasomnias. Everyone does this at night during normal partial arousals from sleep or during transitions between wakefulness and sleep. The best way to manage the negative effects of bruxism is with a nightime devise or nightguard.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Difficult: Difficult problem. You have likely done it for years. Can cause tooth and TMJ problems. See your dentist for nightguard. If already have TMJ problems. See TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Very hard: It sometimes occurs in your sleep, so you don't know you are doing it. But your dentist can fabricate you a bruxism appliance.. That will help minimize the wear and tear on your teeth.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry 43 years experience
Try: Try stress reduction techniques. If you grind at night, try not to watch the news or do anything work-related before going to sleep. Sometimes daily exercise can be helpful. Also, see your dentist to see if a night guard would be beneficial.
Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
Relax, reduce stress: Many people grind their teeth during times of great emotional stress. If there is much going on in your life right now, take a step back and try and relax. Clear your mind of daily disturbances. Meditate, whatever it takes to reduce the stress is your first step. Next see a dentist to make sure the grinding hasn't caused any damage and have a mouth guard made. Muscle relaxers can help temporarily.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Bruxism: Habit control with oral appliance, self physical therapy and breathing exercise during the day. The occurrence of bruxism especially daytime bruxism, appears to be related to periods of emotional or physical stress as well as the anticipation of stress. During the night intraoral appliances, medications and behavioral interventions.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Teeth grinding: You cannot stop grinding your teeth during the night. You do not have any control over this. You can treat it and prevent damage. Some of the things that cause grinding are stress, a bad bite, sleep apnea. See a well trained dentist for an evaluation. You can do serious damage to your teeth by grinding and to your health if you have sleep apnea.
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 25 years experience
Visit a dentist: If grinding occurs during daytime, this may be psychological. Seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist may lead to helpful treatment or referral to other professionals such as hypnotherapist or physical therapist. If it occurs during sleep, it is not likely you can stop; this is a common problem among adults. A trained dentist can help you arrest the damage to the joints and teeth. Call dentists!

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