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Teeth Grinding Hypothyroidism
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
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...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
See a specialist: Bruxism, or grinding of the teeth at night can be devastating to the teeth, muscles, the jaw joints and your overall health. It can wear down the teeth, affecting a domino effect of gum disease, loose teeth, shifting and moving of the teeth, headaches, on and on. It is not something that should be ignored or put off. See a dentist asap to avoid problems later. ...Read more
Mouth guards: Almost every dentist can make you a custom mouth guard. You shouldn't buy a mouth guard that is not made for you specifically or it can cause problems. Just like one size fits all shoes aren't a good idea. ...Read more
Unlikely See dentist: Probably not. Nighttime grinding in children (or adults!) can be related to sleep disordered breathing. The child may not be getting enough oxygen during sleep, or may have actual episodes of apnea. Have a dentist check the size and shape of the jaws, tongue size and position and tonsils/adenoids. Does the child snore? You may need referral to a pediatric ENT for further evaluation. ...Read more
Grinding Teeth: I would see your dentist and ask about a few questions. Ask them to make you a nightguard or orthotic to help you protect your dentition. Also have them check your occlusion (your bite) and also have them check you for airway issues. These things may help you stop grinding your teeth or at least protect you from grinding your teeth away. ...Read more
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
Night Guards: There are so many types of night guard appliances which are designed to meet the individual and unique needs of the patient as well as a patient's tolerance. This is a question for you and your dentist to explore. Keep in mind that the time it takes to get used to an appliance, varies from person to person. ...Read more
Yes: The muscles of the jaw and face are incredibly powerful and it's not uncommon for someone who grinds their teeth to damage not only the fillings, but also the teeth themselves. Talk to your dentist about a nightguard. ...Read more
Differs: This really differs from person to person. The real issue comes down to resolving the bruxism, typically with an appliance and then treating the sensitivity. When it comes to the sensitivity, start with an otc product such as sensodyne. There are other things that can be done, but those are all things that require treatment in the dental office. ...Read more
Headaches due to "grinding"and TMJ problems are generally located in the temple region and the back of the head. There can also be referred pain to the ear.
A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in varying areas of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. ...Read more
Remove stressors: You may be having reactions to stress. Try relaxing before bed, glass of wine, warm bath, yoga, massage, exercise; clear your mind and your body will follow. You can seek the help of a counselor or psychiatric specialist. Reduce tension; a general medical consult may be helpful to rule out other systemic neurological problems. ...Read more
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