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what can i do to stop night time teeth grinding?

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Dr. Russell Lieblick
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Nothing, but...: You can't really stop grinding or clenching your teeth at night, but you can prevent or treat the problems that it causes. Myofascial pain, tmd and tooth damage can be prevented by wearing a properly adjusted custom night splint. Symptoms related to tmd or myofascial pain can sometimes resolve by wearing your splint. Treatment takes 2 weeks to 6 months to see improvement. Some wear it indefinitely.
Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Night guard: Getting a well constructed night guard may or may not help break the habit. The importance of the night guard is that it will minimize the damage that is being done when you do grind your teeth.

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Brush, rinse, floss: Brush and keep them clean, floss them gently and try rinsing with warm salt water in that area specifically. Rinse for a minute or so or as long as you can. This should help it go away. If the swelling is not going away you need to see your dentist to have it checked out. Good luck.
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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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