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Doctor insights on: Involuntary Grinding Or Clenching Of The Teeth

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What are some reasons for teeth grinding at night? Does being overweight contribute somehow? Any natural way to stop the involuntary habit?

What are some reasons for teeth grinding at night? Does being overweight contribute somehow? Any natural way to stop the involuntary habit?

Maybe: Some studies relate grinding to airway issues and being overweight puts you at increased risk for airway issues. So yes being overweight may contribute to nighttime grinding. See a dentist trained in dealing with breathing issues to address your concerns. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of involuntary teeth chattering?

What could be the cause of involuntary teeth chattering?

Neurological problem: You may have a neurological problem and I would suggest seeing a neurologist to determine the cause. Unless it is from cold air... ...Read more

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I have involuntary jaw movement, nerves popping, and pain in teeth. What should I do?

I have involuntary jaw movement, nerves popping, and pain in teeth. What should I do?

I don't know: There is no way of knowing with this type of abbreviated question. You will want to consult with your dentist to get a good answer. ...Read more

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I am experiencing constant, repetitive, involuntary movements and twitches in my mouth, stomach, abdomen, and legs. Have anxiety & depress. Take med?

I am experiencing constant, repetitive, involuntary movements and twitches in my mouth, stomach, abdomen, and legs. Have anxiety & depress. Take med?

MOVEMENT DISORDER: This needs careful evaluation and diagnosis. You may be experiencing a reaction from prior medications, such as tardive dyskinesia, but you may be developing a new problem such as myoclonus, or choreoathetotic issues. See a neurologist and get this pin-pointed. ...Read more

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For two years I have been experiencing constant involuntary movements of my body: head, mouth, jaw, stomach, abdomen, and legs. They are accompanied by restlessness and agitation.?

For two years I have been experiencing constant involuntary movements of my body: head, mouth, jaw, stomach, abdomen, and legs. They are accompanied by restlessness and agitation.?

See Neurologist: Could be onset of a neurologic problem or side effects of medications or potentially a sleep problem albeit less likely. Were you ever on anti-psychotic medications? Usually these sort of side effects occur only if still taking certain types of meds, not if they have been stopped. However, a few rare cases have been reported to occur years later. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of involuntary muscle twitching of the face? Particularly the mouth? No previous history.

What are possible causes of involuntary muscle twitching of the face? Particularly the mouth? No previous history.

Hemifacial spasm: Hemifacial spasm is an involuntary twitching of the facial muscles. Usually around the eye and corner of the mouth. It is thought to be caused by an artery that compresses the seventh cranial nerve. Treatment begins with medications to calm the nerve irritation. Botoxin injections is the next option and surgical microvascular decompression of the seventh nerve is performed for intractable spasms. ...Read more

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Grandma (88) has developed involuntary mouth movements - (tongue pushes out lower lip) from taking antipsychotics. Discontinue or lower dose?

Grandma (88) has developed involuntary mouth movements - (tongue pushes out lower lip) from taking antipsychotics. Discontinue or lower dose?

Tardive dyskinesia: These movements in your grandma's mouth may be tardive dyskinesia, which is common in elderly women on antipsychotics like risperidone. It's very unfortunate, but reducing the dose may increase the movements at least temporarily. Please talk with her psychiatrist about this; assessing her psychotic symptoms is important in making therapeutic changes. I'm so sorry she's experiencing this. ...Read more

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Are some mild involuntary head and mouth movements normal in elderly, (89) or are they only caused by medications like Seroquel (quetiapine)?

Are some mild involuntary head and mouth movements normal in elderly, (89) or are they only caused by medications like Seroquel (quetiapine)?

Involuntary movement: Are likely extrapyramidal symptoms from effects anti psychotic medications. Have psychiatric / movement disorder specialist evaluation as other CNs conditions can lead to involuntary movement ...Read more

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My uncle recently began to have involuntary movements of the arms, legs, feet and mouth (like a breathing fish) with movements of tongue inside mouth?

My uncle recently began to have involuntary movements of the arms, legs, feet and mouth (like a breathing fish) with movements of tongue inside mouth?

Chorea: Chorea is dance like movement of the arms and trunk. Many movement disorders can be associated with this symptom. Certain medications can also cause these symptoms, especially the ones you are describing in the tongue, which may represent tardive dyskinesia. ...Read more

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How do I really know if I grind or clench my teeth at night?

How do I really know if I grind or clench my teeth at night?

Bruxing: You may not know if you grind your teeth during the night but your dentist can tell by the wear, recesion, sensitive teeth and muscles. Your partner may hear you grind your teeth. You may also have sleep apnea if you grind your teeth during the night. Are you tired alot, have high blood pressure, acid reflux, overwieght, snore? These are some of the symptoms of sleep apnea. Ger evaluated. ...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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How do I stop clenching and grinding teeth?

How do I stop clenching and grinding teeth?

May not happen...: I highly recommend a night guard during sleep. This will not stop the clenching and grinding; however, it will stop the harmful effects of clenching and grinding. Please see your dentist about getting a night guard. ...Read more

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Need help. I've got a problem with grinding and clenching my teeth in my sleep.?

Need help. I've got a problem with grinding and clenching my teeth in my sleep.?

Depends on severity: There are many types of mouthguards for grinding and clenching. Over the counter ones actually may be too thick and throw the muscles into more spasms. Dentists can make custom made, well fitting mouthguards, either upper or lower (i like the lower ones.) the guards can be made of soft plastic or hard acrylic...Depends on severity of grinding. For daytime clenching, other types are indicated. ...Read more

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I was wondering, do dentists tell you if you're grinding/clenching your teeth at night?

I was wondering, do dentists tell you if you're grinding/clenching your teeth at night?

Most: Like in any medical field, many dentists have something they emphasize in their practice. Unlike medicine however, there are not as many specialities in dentistry--only 6 and some sub-specialities. Some general dentists study treatment of grinding/clenching, while others study other treatment / condition. Most dentist can tell, but how soon a dentist catches the "signs" depends on their training. ...Read more

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Is anyone familiar with daytime teeth clenching/ grinding?

Is anyone familiar with daytime teeth clenching/ grinding?

Stress: Teeth grinding may be due to tmj, stress or habit.
A night-guard may be necessary to alleviate the stress on the joint and re- train the facial muscles. Contact your dentist or TMJ specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Are there any natural ways to stop teeth clenching/grinding?

Are there any natural ways to stop teeth clenching/grinding?

Nothing: Nightime teeth clenching/grinding is called nocturnal parafunctional bruxism and is considered one of many sleep disturbances called parasomnias. Everyone does this at night during normal partial arousals from sleep or during transitions between wakefulness and sleep. The best way to manage the negative effects of bruxism is with a nightime devise or nightguard. ...Read more

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My dentist told me I possibly grind or clench my teeth. How do I tell?

My dentist told me I possibly grind or clench my teeth. How do I tell?

You cannot: Teeth grinding or brutism is a central neurologic phenomenon. The only thing we can do is to manage its effects by nighttime bite devises. You can tell by its damaging effects on the surfaces and edges of your teeth and often by the deep notches and receding of your gums. ...Read more

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Most people clench and/or grind their teeth, it seems. So, I suppose that there is a lot of gum recession issues out there?

Most people clench and/or grind their teeth, it seems. So, I suppose that there is a lot of gum recession issues out there?

Wrong assumptions: I'm not convinced that most people clench and grind, and even if they do, these habits can contribute to gingival recession but do not necessarily guarantee damage. There are people who grind and do not have recession, and those that don't and do have recession. ...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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Are there any natural or home remedies for grinding / clenching teeth?

Are there any natural or home remedies for grinding / clenching teeth?

Yes: Supposed magnesium vitamins (not too much), relaxation, and hypnosis can help. Check out www. Wendi. Com for hypnosis help. ...Read more

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Could dentists tell you if you're grinding/clenching your teeth?

Could dentists tell you if you're grinding/clenching your teeth?

Wear facet: Grinding/clenching of the teeth will eventually wearing out the opposing enamel and creating the wear facet. The increasing of the size of the wear facet, as observed by the patient and by the dentist will definitely dictate the mandatory treatment of the malocclusion. This is the case where it should or must be treated to preserve the dentition. ...Read more

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Bruxism, or teeth clenching/ grinding that occur only one night, can cause any issues? I had once 1 month back. No issues after that.

Bruxism, or teeth clenching/ grinding that occur only one night, can cause any issues? I had once 1 month back. No issues after that.

See a Dentist: Since bruxism happens while you are sleeping (deep sleep or REM), many people may be unaware of it. Dentists can usually tell if you are grinding your teeth just by visual oral exam and treatment options. ...Read more

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Can your enamel wear thin on teeth due to grinding on a invisalign type of retainer. I already have thin tooth enamel due to severe grinding&clenching?

Can your enamel wear thin on teeth due to grinding on a invisalign type of retainer. I already have thin tooth enamel due to severe grinding&clenching?

Essix Retainers: I routinely recommend essix retainers for patients that have a habit of grinding at night or clenching at night. The thin layer of plastic between your teeth can serve to gauge how bad you are grinding and to protect your enamel! ...Read more

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Don't grind teeth @ night. No pain or issues but bottom front tooth pushing out a bit. Did the few times I clenched teeth while under stress cause it?

Don't grind teeth @ night. No pain or issues but bottom front tooth pushing out a bit. Did the few times I clenched teeth while under stress cause it?

No: A short lived clenching habit will not cause problems. However, most patients are unaware of these habits and often have them longer or to a greater degree than they are aware of. Other dental issues (such as periodontal disease), tongue thrust, etc. Can also play a contributory role. ...Read more

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How to tell why I clench my jaw, grind my teeth, and bite my cheek while I sleep?

How to tell why I clench my jaw, grind my teeth, and bite my cheek while I sleep?

Clench jaw: Why you clench and grind is not always obvious. However, Bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching) is very often a stress-related habit, but can also, be related to a bad bite. In addition, many people who brux at night also grind and/or clench during the day.
You should discuss this with your dentist, or a dentist who treats bruxism, to discover why and to suggest treatment options. ...Read more

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What are ways to alleviate bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding)?

What are ways to alleviate bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding)?

Bruxism: Bruxism is often a stress-related habit. It is also often caused by a bad bite, and it is common with sleep disorders.
Treatment is dependent on the cause of the bruxism. See your dentist, or a dentist who specializes in bruxism, for an examination, diagnosis and treatment recommendation. ...Read more

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Grinding teeth and cleching jaw all the time, what to do?

See your dentist: For evaluation and habit control. A dentist can also customize a teeth night guard to protect your teeth. Good luck! ...Read more

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What the effect of clenching and grinding teeth while sleeping?

What the effect of clenching and grinding teeth while sleeping?

Grinding teeth: Clenching and grinding teeth is called bruxism. It is often done during sleep. The effects of bruxism include chronic headaches and migraines, poor sleep, sore jaws, worn and fractured teeth.
Bruxism is a habit that is often caused by stress.
A common, non-invasive treatment is a nightguard, made by your dentist. ...Read more