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What causes grinding teeth and twitching while asleep?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Bruxism: Teeth grinding (bruxism) is common. Twitching is not uncommon either. Causes vary from sleep disorders, lifestyle and psychological factors; certain digestive issues, and/or underlying anxiety which accounts for about 70% cases. A night time teeth grinding mouth guard is a worthy investment and can be found at most pharmacies or on line. Good luck.
Dr. Jatin Shah
Dr. Jatin Shah commented
Dentistry 39 years experience
See the dentist , he could find the cause and solution . Dentist make custom night guard better
Mar 24, 2013
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Stress: Possibly it's related to stress in your life. You manage it while awake, but when you sleep, your subconscious takes over and away your jaws / muscles go- grinding.. Another theory is that you might have constricted breathing airways and it's a way your body compensates to try to get more air.

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