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A 41-year-old member asked:

what can help relieve teeth-grinding?

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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. David Stall
Dentistry 38 years experience
Depends on the cause: Stress is a main cause of grinding, but so is a bad bite (how the teeth meet), and sometimes dental or gum problems. Immediate relief can be achieved with an appliance from your dentist which will help control it, but the source of the problem needs to be found.

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Does smokeless tobacco carry a high risk of mouth cancer?

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Yes: Any use of tobacco increases the risk of cancer, at multiple sites in the body.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What causes tongue swelling a year after it was pierced?

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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Possible infection: It may or may not be related to the piercing since it is now one year down the line. If it is related then it could be an infection which you should have checked out.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Where can I purchase mouth guards for grinding teeth?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Mouth guards: Almost every dentist can make you a custom mouth guard. You shouldn't buy a mouth guard that is not made for you specifically or it can cause problems. Just like one size fits all shoes aren't a good idea.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Does a bad taste or smell in my mouth mean infection?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Possibly: It is not a for sure thing that you would have an infection but those symptoms common for an infection that is draining such as an abcess. You may want to have a dentist take a look for you.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What's the role of saliva in cleansing teeth?

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Dr. Richard Charmoy
Dentistry 36 years experience
Fluid: Saliva doesn't necessarily have a role in cleaning your teeth. It would matter if you didn't have saliva while cleaning your teeth.

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