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Grindng Teeth Slepe
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Please, take it out: No, it prevents any shifting of teeth around a gap. However, removable partials (flipper) require proper care to keep them clean. It is best to soak the flipper in water with denture cleansing tablet overnight. ...Read more
My boyfriend says when I'm sleeping my teeth cling together what does this mean? Doesn't hurt in the morning never knew I did this.
Bruxism: This is likely night time bruxism. It is common and usually OKAY. It ranges in severity as many people grind their teeth at night without problems while others experience debilitating chronic pain. Bruxism may or may not have any serious side effects on your dentition and TMJ. To be safe, you can see a dentist to evaluate. Bruxism will also vary with life events, increasing in times of stress. ...Read more
Bruxism: You may be referring to bruxism during sleep, which is excessive grinding of the teeth ; clenching of the jaw leading to erosion of the dentition. It can be caused by many factors including but not limited to stress, emotional disturbances, certain sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, anxiety, ; even certain medications. It may be a good idea to consult a sleep specialist ; a dentist. ...Read more
Stop the damage: It is important to stop night grinding (bur ism) from causing damage to teeth and supporting structures. Your dentist can supply you with a night guard, a plastic appliance, to be worn while asleep, that will minimize any damage due to the extreme forces grinding can create. ...Read more
Many causes: Someone may grind their teeth for a number of reasons. Often, the problem occurs because the muscles of the face and jaw are trying to get the teeth in a comfortable position. The muscles may be in spasm, you may have a tmj/tmd problem, stress, infection. Best to see a dentist asap. Often thew cause is difficult to determine, so may have to treat the symptoms with a mouthpiece. ...Read more
See a dentist: This is called nocturnal bruxism. It may be due to stress or no reason at all. If your boyfriend is concerned with preserving the anatomy of his teeth he may benefit from wearing a night guard. A dentist can make a custom fitted one or he can simply go to any drug store and get a universal fitting night guard as a cheap option. I understand it can be a nuisance as with snoring. ...Read more
I bite on my teeth while sleeping and when I wake up I feel it & it hurts. How can I stop it? Why is this happening? I'd it harmful? Should I worry??
Bruxism: Grinding teeth during the night is called bruxism. See a dentist for initial evaluation and treatment. Or referral to a dentist who specializes in this problem. It is treatable so get seen soon, so you can feel better. ...Read more
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Grinding teeth: Teeth grinding is caused by involuntary contraction of the jaw (masseter) muscle during sleep. This in turn is usually caused by stress or chronic habits (like chewing on pencils). Since the individual is asleep, s/he is unable to control it. The best management is to have your dentist make a mouth guard to protect the teeth and reduce the friction. Ibuprofen will help for pain. ...Read more
Individuality: There is no one "best" dental appliance for sleep apnea or grinding. I make different types of mouthpieces based upon my history and examination. Some patients just need a soft, thin mouthguard to wear at night, while others may need a hard acrylic one that they wear 24/7. Some come into my office with a handful of old appliances. Need to figure out what works and what did not. ...Read more
Sometimes it can!:
The habit of grinding ones teeth at night is frequently associated with stress, and also with the brains dependance on endorphins. It can be predisposed by having misaligned teeth that do not fit together well. The teeth can be badly damaged by this process. Oddly enough some people wake up after a night of grinding and feel completely refreshed. The rest of the household are sleep deprived.
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Malocclusion, stress: Its not uncommon for young children to grind their teeth asleep. Most likely is caused as a reaction to the teeth erupting and accomodating. In adults we tend two see malocclusion or incorrect bite and stress. A mouth guard will help to protect the teeth and relieve muscle, joint tensions. However a dental examination is important to id causes and treatment options can result in pain, attrition. ...Read more
We're all different:
The two are not necessarily related. The causes of snoring can be sinus congestion from cold/allergies, enlarged tonsils or even by the soft posterior "skin" of the upper palate losing elasticity. These may or may not be accompanied by apnea (periods of not breathing).
Making noise with the teeth is caused by clenching or grinding (bruxism). This can be stress related and/or TMJ related. ...Read more
I clench my teeth while sleeping, and today my left front tooth hurts to touch. Should I be worried?
Yes: Did you have any dental work recently in the area you described? See a dentist to check if your bite is even and if you grind or clench your teeth. Your dentist may recommend a mouth guard. ...Read more
My 7yrs daughter keep chewy and grinding her teeth together while sleeping. Is this something to worry about?
Grinding: Normally this is not unusual for a young person to grind their teeth. They are loosing many primary (baby) teeth and as the permanent teeth erupt into the mouth the bite is constantly changing. The grinding is an attempt to even out the bite. To be sure this is the case, see your family dentist. ...Read more
Can sleeping positions effect the development of teeth and chin. My chin kind of changed and I don't know why.
Not likely: If you noticed a sudden change in your jaw, get it looked at ASAP to rule out any issue that may require immediate treatment. Sleep position isn't a likely cause but something else may be causing this. ...Read more
I have a habit of grinding my teeth at night while sleeping. Wy is tat? How can I control it? I'm not aware of it but my wife tells me this
Limit damage: Grinding at night (aka nocturnal bruxism) can be related to sleep disorders, medications, stress, infection and other conditions. Night guards do not "stop" grinding. Instead, they are used to limit the damage to the teeth and tm joints caused by the grinding. A properly fitted, well-made night guard will not interfere with breathing, swallowing, sleeping and, to some extent, speech. ...Read more
Do we have to brush our teeth twice a day? Sometimes I only brush my teeth before sleeping. So I just wonder is that necessary to brush in the morning
Yes at least: You should really brush after eating so maybe at least three times per day and also use floss once or twiice per day. ...Read more
My 3 yr daughter grinds her teeth a lot when she sleeps. Is that normal? She's totally fine and doesn't exhibit any discomfort while sleeping or awake
Not a big deal: It is not uncommon for little children to grind their teeth in sleep. You should not be worried about it at this time. As long as she does not have any discomfort, she is fine. As she gets older and if she continues with this habit, you may consult a pediatric dentist to see if a night guard would be helpful. It is not practical to make that at such early age as the children won't be compliant. ...Read more
See a dentist: Parafunctional habit like bruxism or grinding can be caused by uncoordinated masticatory muscles or ear problems. A dentist may recommend a mouthguard but if you already have ringing of the ears and headache, you need further assessment by a dentist who has a background in TMJ, orthopedic, and orthodontic. When the TMJ and bite is already balanced, that is the best time to have a cosmetic work. ...Read more
Life: Everyone, even babies, grind their teeth. It's when your grinding is severe enough to cause damage and pain that you need treatment. Profesionally made nightguards/splints are a great way to reduce your grinding (bruxsm) and protect your teeth. Increased stress levels only make matters worse. ...Read more