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how do you stop teeth grinding at night ?

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Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Stop the grind: To stop night time grinding, a night guard can be fabricated. There are several different kinds but they all basically keep the teeth apart so one cannot grind therefore relieving the stress on the teeth and jaw muscles.
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 29 years experience
Teeth Grinding: Teeth grinding can be caused by many different issues. One cause can be an airway issue. You may want to see someone who has been trained in sleep medicine. Another cause can be the side effect of certain medications. Many antidepressants can cause bruxism. Another cause could be an occlusal interference (a bite issue). You may want to get all of these areas evaluated to see if it will help.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
You cannot : It is a fact that nocturnal or sleep bruxism is not going to be cured by intervention. It is not a curable movement disorder. Occlusal splints are generally appreciated to prevent tooth wear and injury and perhaps reduce night time clenching or grinding behavior rather than altering a causative malocclusion. In addition, they are unlikely to significantly reducing nocturnal behavior.
Dr. Inaam Schneider
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Teeth grinding at night may lead to tension headaches , which can go on to become Migrains . Some times grinding of the teeth may lead to TMJ problems .
May 21, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin commented
Pain Management 36 years experience
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Great points. Thank you for sharing your knowladge and expertize, Dr. Inaam Schneider.
May 21, 2014

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How do I stop my teeth grinding without using a night guard?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Orthopedic Dentist: The cause of grinding is rarely correctly treated. Most dentist make a bite appliance for you to wear to keep from grinding away the teeth. This is only treating the symptom and not the cause. The usual cause is the roof of your mouth (palate) is too narrow in comparison to the lower jaw. The muscles not finding their home position keep searching = bruxism results.
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Wanted to know if i can use an opro gum shield to stop teeth grinding at night?

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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 25 years experience
See a dentist first: First, oral appliances--including a night guard--do not help you "stop grinding". They work to keep teeth from being further damaged from grinding: you are likely to grind just as much. Worn teeth do not necessarily mean grinding. Acid reflux or gerd makes teeth worn down rapidly even with only occasional clenching or grinding. Please see a dentist to learn more about your condition first.
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What can I do to stop grinding my teeth at night?

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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.
A 32-year-old member asked:

I'm curious as to what can I do to stop grinding my teeth at night?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Dental exam: See a dentist to evaluate your grinding. You may be damaging your teeth and causing TMJ pain. headaches and other problems
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A 44-year-old female asked:

My 5 year old son grinds his teeth at night.Do I have to be concern or it will stop.Its been more than a month now.

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not to worry: Perfectly normal, he should grow out of it as he ages.

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