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Picking At Gums Anxiety
52 YO female. Teeth clenching, compulsive rubbing tongue on front of mouth/teeth, anxiety. Tried fluoxetine 20 then 40 mg, not helping. Suggestions?
Keep trying: Keep working with your doctor to increase the dose of your current medication or potentially add a new one. Also, studies show that patients that seek cognitive behavioral therapy from a trained therapist in addition to taking medications have a much better outcome than those just taking medications. ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
Bruxism: Anxiety itself can cause bruxism (teeth grinding at night) -- but so can some medications used to treat anxiety disorder, such as duloxetine and other ssri's. Buspar (buspirone) has been used with some success in these cases. Dental appliances may be needed at times also. You haven't said whether you're getting treatment for your anxiety, but seeing a psychiatrist for this would be a good place to start. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Flossing cannot hurt your gums unless you are too vigorous and you "snap" the floss towards the gums. Then you can get a small cut that will heal. Flossing is beneficial to remove the plaque between the teeth. Be gentle as you get the floss past the contacts where the teeth meet and know you are helping your over all health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Numerous: Numerous possibilities including, but not limited to, infected sinus, infected upper back teeth, malocclusion, anxiety/depression, TMJ, etc. Possibly need both medical and dental services concurrently. See BOTH your Dentist and your Physician. Ask them to consult with each other. Specialty referrals may be in order. ...Read more
Hi and thanks in advance. Is excessive sleep, sleep attacks, grinding teeth, and itchy face and scalp caused by my ocd, depression and anxiety?
Most likely: All the symptoms you are referring to are anxiety related, certainly the teeth grinding , unspecified dermatitis.. the sleep excess or sleep attacks would require further evaluation though questioning and history taking for them to be properly diagnosed. I recommend you to do a formal psychiatric consult. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have dermatillomania. Is it possible to ruin your tooth enamel or tooth structure, noticed crack, from aggressively/repeatedly biting at your skin?
Not likely : Uncommon disorder. There are meds that help. ...Read more
What do thoughts of suicide, scratching over old self harm cuts, unreasonable sadness and thinking of school as a stress and anxiety place lead to?
Needs evaluation: Thoughts of suicide and self harm need immediate evaluation. If suicidal thoughts are present, immediate help is needed and the patient needs to report it to a parent and seek help immediately. Also unreasonable sadness and stress could be signs of depression and anxiety needs evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist as soon as possible. ...Read more
Unlikely: The effects of weed can be unpredictable -- and may include anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations not to mention memory dysfunction, impaired coordination, mood disturbance, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and disrupted learning and memory. These effects may outlast actual use fo the drug. http://tinyurl.com/7fxu9px it's not a reliable treatment. ...Read more
New rec gums 2 lower teeth. h/o healthy teeth but always aggressive/hard when brushing. No bleed/other symp. Gingivitis, gum disease or from brushing?
All of the above: While periodontal or gum disease is the main cause of gum recession, aggressive tooth brushing can contribute. As I understand it, gingivitis is a milder form of gum disease, but the more severe periodontitis is a serious gum infection damaging the soft tissue & destroying the bone that supports your teeth. Receding gums are symptoms of both. Follow your dentist's guidelines for prevention. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would antidepressants stop aggressive sleep behaviors. Like waking up with bruises and Scratch's?
They might: but risperdol might be betterGet a more detailed answer ›
Right side of face, jaw, teeth, gums hurt horribly. Plus, Coughing, sinus pain/pressure and headaches. Is this sinusitis? Happens 2 weeks at a time.
Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?
Bonding: And other dental work can sometimes create a slight malocclusion, which can lead to TMJ symptoms in predisposed individuals. All of the other symptoms you mentioned have absolutely no cause & effect relationship with dental bonding and enamaloplasty of teeth - outside of an acute allergic reaction to something used during treatment. Have those other issues worked up by internist & sleep med doc. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Reducing clonopin to 0, 5 mg after panic disorder.Feeling lot of anxiety, tense in the face and jaw, with headaches/insomnia. Wot 2 do?Cant use antdep.
Psychological measur: Various psychological interventions ranging from learning relaxations techniques to psychodynamic understanding of the causes of the panic have been demonstrated to be effective. A psychiatrist or psychologist expert in these techniques would very likely be of help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When brushing teeth I do circular motions on the gumline and gums for 10 seconds then brush a few strokes down on the tooth. Today read that brushing gums above the gumline is bad???
I have dental phobia and a anxiety condition can u use diazapam before dental visit.? Loads of broken teeth due to not going through fear of dentist.
Dental Phobia: Before taking any medication for anxiety for dental procedures you should consult with your dentist about your fears. Diazepam may or may not be the best choice for you and so your consultation may also involve your medical doctor as well. You should also find a dentist with whom you "connect" and in whom you can have confidence and this may involve visiting more than one office. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
What symptoms of wisdom teeth coming in. Can they hurt when you sleep at night. Can wisdom teeth make you get a sore throat at night sometimes. bye ??
Wisdom teeth: Vague pain, sore gums, swollen gums, earache, sore throat, pain in jaw, irritated cheek are some symptoms. What's important is that you see a dentist for a clinical exam and x-rays to determine the position of all your wisdom teeth and whether or not they are likely to come in naturally, straight, and without potential harm to your other teeth. Better to prepare than wait for emergency at 3 am. ...Read more
I'm being bullied at work in a very stressful job Management wont stop it what strategies can I use on commute, to prevent stress/anger at home?
Bully at work: Please go up the chain of command until satisfaction. Everyone has a boss, inside the organization or in law enforcement. Life can be unjust and maybe you will have to move on but at least you will have done these acts of self-respect. Please do not stoop to their level. Peace and good health. ...Read more