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A 32-year-old member asked:

can grinding teeth make them disappear?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: I've seen it happen. Consult with a dentist if you grind to see what steps can be taken to protect your teeth.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry 43 years experience
Absolutely !: Stress resulting in clenching and grinding of your teeth. Eating a very coarse food diet, harmful habits (such as chewing on pens & pencils) chewing gum for hours (try to spit out as soon as the flavor is gone - about 5 minute) all can lead to worn down teeth. Talk to your dentist for answers and solutions.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
See a specialist: Bruxism, or grinding of the teeth at night can be devastating to the teeth, muscles, the jaw joints and your overall health. It can wear down the teeth, affecting a domino effect of gum disease, loose teeth, shifting and moving of the teeth, headaches, on and on. It is not something that should be ignored or put off. See a dentist asap to avoid problems later.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Are there any medications that help with teeth grinding, I hate using the guard?

8 doctor answers20 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 17 years experience
Not really: Teeth grinding or clenching, called bruxism can cause painful aches in the upper jaw, wear and tear on the teeth and sometimes poor sleep. The guard is the first line for bruxism. Medications are only helpful in some cases and are prescribed a by a physician. Sometimes, bruxism may be associated with increased levels of stress and addressing that may be helpful.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the consequences of teeth grinding?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brittany Chan
Dr. Brittany Chananswered
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Many: Grinding your teeth can result in headaches, earaches, damage to your teeth and enamel causing erosion of the teeth and sensitivity, increased risk of cavities, and loose teeth. If you grind your teeth, see your dentist to get fitted for a mouth guard.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is there any oral medicine that one can take before bedtime to stop or decrease teeth grinding?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
None Known: I am not aware of any medication that stops nighttime bruxism or tooth grinding.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
A mouth guard may help to prevent dental erosion from bruxism.
Mar 19, 2012
A 45-year-old member asked:

How do you stop grinding teeth?

17 doctor answers37 doctors weighed in
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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of grinding teeth while asleep?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 48 years experience
Many things: Grinding or bruxism as it is called is caused by many things including overbite, sleep problems, and uneven wear of teeth or new fillings.

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