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How Can I Prevent Teeth Grinding At Night
Dental guards: People who grind their teeth at night can wear down their teeth. A dentist can fit a person with dental guards (like a retainer) to prevent the teeth from grinding during sleep. In some cities, there are dental specialists who customize dental "appliances". There are also generic over-the-counter guards to prevent grinding, but one should ask his dentist if the otc guard is fitting well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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 the cause is difficult to determine, so may have to treat the symptoms with a mouthpiece. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Night guard: There are night guard kits that can be customized at home. Dentists can also make a custom one from a mold. Another approach is to write your stresses of the day down in a notebook in the evening to release tension and give yourself the suggestion "i will not grind my teeth tonite"; try that ten times before bed. Sometimes that makes a big difference. Stress can be the true cause of the grinding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Really can't easily: It is usually a subconcious thing and stopping is not easy. Reduce stress and protect your teeth. Get an occlusal night guard. It will not stop you from grinding but it will save your teeth from the damage. I rec a hard one if you grind heavy. You will chew through a soft one quickly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Relaxation or Botox: Practice some relaxation procedure as progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, self hypnosis, meditation. The"spilling over" of tension from the subconscious to the muscles may be reduced. Botox injections in masseter & temporalis muscles can reduce strength of the grinding without compromising speech write down a to-do list for tommorrow & any problems so rumination lessens & you can relax. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lifestyle changes: Make some changes: don't eat for at least 2 hours before you go to bed. Eat low fat, healthy, high fiber foods (see dash diet). Get regular exercise. Keep your waist line normal (< 40 in for men, < 35 in for women). If you've done all of the above and you still have night time symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more
NSAIDs or Tylenol (acetaminophen): Sometimes wisdom teeth are valuable asset when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil for temporary relief and see your dentist for evaluation and x-rays. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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