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Doctor insights on: Clenching Teeth While Awake

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During the day when I am awake, I grind/clench my teeth. This is what I think makes my jaw ache. Is this a bad thing and how do I stop?

During the day when I am awake, I grind/clench my teeth. This is what I think makes my jaw ache. Is this a bad thing and how do I stop?

Being aware: Is the first step. When you feel like clenching substitute another activity like squeezing your hand. It is silent and won't bother antony. Talk to your counselor to find out if you can determine what the stress is that causes you to clench so maybe it can be lessened. That is the best thing you can do. Maybe your parents can help too. ...Read more

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Why do I snap my teeth together while sleeping? I frequently clench my jaw subconsciously while awake and while sleeping. (every day) thanks!

Why do I snap my teeth together while sleeping? I frequently clench my jaw subconsciously while awake and while sleeping. (every day) thanks!

Sleep bruxism: Bruxism during sleep may be part of a sleep disorder. Many people do this a dare to aware of it. It can also be related to stress, a bad bite and during the daytime, habit. Talk to your dentist about this. If you are tired all of the time talk to primary care about sleep disorder, like apnea. ...Read more

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Why does my jaw and teeth clench? Always feel jolted awake during day naps. Feel blood pulsing in face and jaw comes together in naps. Teeth grinded

Why does my jaw and teeth clench? Always feel jolted awake during day naps. Feel blood pulsing in face and jaw comes together in naps. Teeth grinded

Multiple factos: Bruxism (grinding/clenching) is a very complicated symptom that a lot of people deal with. The most common excuse for bruxing is stress related, however recent studies have linked clenching and grinding with sleep apnea.
You could be clenching because you are not getting enough air while sleeping.
You can have different splints made to help with the grinding and pain while sleeping. See a specialis. ...Read more

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Very dry mouth last two days keeping me awake, I sleep with mouth open always have, had sleep test before all went well I clench my jaw that's it.

Very dry mouth last two days keeping me awake, I sleep with mouth open always have, had sleep test before all went well I clench my jaw that's it.

That's enough: If you sleep with your mouth open, if the room is low humidity. You are a set up for dry mouth. Make sure you are hydrated and that you have a good humidifier. If all else fails see a good ENT ...Read more

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Why do I teeth clench?

Why do I teeth clench?

Stress: Often teeth clenching is caused by stress. Consider stress reducing methods or activities. Consult with your dentist for a night guard to help with clenching. ...Read more

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How can you stop clenching teeth?

How can you stop clenching teeth?

Nightguard is best: If you are doing it during the daytime, like when you are driving, then you can break this habit by becoming aware of when you are doing it.
Decreasing stress in your life will decrease clenching.
You can't stop nighttime clenching but you will protect your teeth and TMJ by wearing a night guard. This is very important to wear. See a dentist about this. ...Read more

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How can I stop clenching my teeth?

How can I stop clenching my teeth?

Reducing Stress: Can help. If you are awake, put your tongue between your teeth. When sleeping, protect yourself from parafunctional habit by wearing the right splint. ...Read more

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How can you stop clenching my teeth?

How can you stop clenching my teeth?

See dentist: You should see a dentist. During the daytime, you can make a conscious effort to stop. For night time clenching, a dentist can make an appliance that can help. An appliance called nti can reduce the strength of the clench and help prevent headaches. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat clenching teeth?

What can I do to treat clenching teeth?

Visit your dentist: Your dentist may not be able to get you to stop clenching, but they can fabricate and occlusal guard that will help protect your teeth from one another. ...Read more

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How do you know if you clench teeth at night?

How do you know if you clench teeth at night?

Morning symptoms: Almost always, you will have stiffness and soreness of the jaws and jaw muscles upon awakening. See a TMJ expert to help with this problem. ...Read more

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Clenching teeth a lot - how can I stop grinding?

Clenching teeth a lot - how can I stop grinding?

Appliance therapy: Your dentist can make you an appliance that will sometimes assist in breaking the habit of grinding. The other benefit of the appliance is to prevent damage to your teeth as you attempt to clench and grind. Reducing the stress in your life can sometimes be a factor if you find your grinding and clenching has escalated. ...Read more

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Why do I involuntarily clench my teeth at night?

Many reasons: Everyone does some form of grinding at night. Some worse than others. Stress levels, and your bite are 2 common reasons for this, but there are other unknown factors that can cause your brain to signal yor jaw muscles. If you know you are grinding, talk to a dentist about a nightguard to protect your teeth from wearing down. Sometimes they even help you stop the habit! ...Read more

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What causes a person to clench their teeth often?

What causes a person to clench their teeth often?

Several: Stress, habit, bad bite are the main causes of clenching. You can control some of this but not all the causes. It is best to see a dentist and have a night guard made. This will protect you teeth and TMJ and decrease pain and headaches. ...Read more

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Should I be worried that I am unable to clench teeth?

Should I be worried that I am unable to clench teeth?

Why unable?: Teeth actually touch only 20 minutes out of a 24 hr day. The rest of the time your jaws are apart. You should be able to bring all of your teeth together comfortably if you wish, but clenching can be a problematic habit. Ask your dentist to check your occlusion, and to refer you to an orthodontist if you have "bite" problems. ...Read more

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Can't stop clenching my teeth. How do I break this habit?

Teeth clenching: This is usually involuntary and often done during sleep when it can do a lot of damage to the teeth and jaw. The solution is a professionally fabricated night guard appliance which prevents clenching and grinding. If you find yourself doing it during the day, you need to become aware of things that are causing you to be stress and clench and try and avoid those situations. ...Read more

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Can clenching teeth too much lead to future loss of teeth?

Can clenching teeth too much lead to future loss of teeth?

Yes...: Excessive grinding can cause premature wear of the tooth structure and/or may cause periodontal breakdown of the bone support. Obviously excessive clenching can also cause vertical fracture rendering the affected teeth hopeless. ...Read more

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I sometimes find myself clenching my teeth. Why do I do this?

I sometimes find myself clenching my teeth. Why do I do this?

Stress: This is an unconscious response to stress. In stressful situations, people will clench their teeth. The signals for this comes from your brain. Such clenching is usually harmless, unless you continue it over a long time. In such situations, you may place undue stress on your jaw joints, leading to TMJ syndrome. If you start getting symptoms, see you dentist who will recommend treatment. ...Read more

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What can be done about grinding and clenching teeth at night?

What can be done about grinding and clenching teeth at night?

Structural damage: Sleep bruxism is a parafunctional activity that occurs in nearly all people. It is simply night-time clenching or grinding of the teeth. Bruxism can cause significant damage to the teeth and tmj. It can be reponsible for tension type headache pain. It is best managed with a custom fitted nightime splint that if designed well can minimize or eliminate all of these effects. ...Read more

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What are reasons why my teeth are clenching even why I try not to?

What are reasons why my teeth are clenching even why I try not to?

In a word: Stress. It can also be an unconscious habit. I clench when focused on a difficult surgery and have to stop for a second and relax. See your dentist to get treatment so as not to damage your teeth. ...Read more