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What can I do for teeth grinding at night?

What can I do for teeth grinding at night?

Bruxism: Common in children and adults, if baby teeth, no worries, if adult, consider a sports tooth guard worn at night, availiable at your local sporting goods outlet. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

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


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How do you stop teeth grinding at night ?

How do you stop teeth grinding at night ?

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 more

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How can I prevent teeth grinding at night?

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 more

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Wanted to know if i can use an opro gum shield to stop teeth grinding at night?

Wanted to know if i can use an opro gum shield to stop teeth grinding at night?

See a dentist first: First, oral appliances--including a night guard--do not help you "stop grinding". They work to keep teeth from being further damaged from grinding: you are likely to grind just as much. Worn teeth do not necessarily mean grinding. Acid reflux or gerd makes teeth worn down rapidly even with only occasional clenching or grinding. Please see a dentist to learn more about your condition first. ...Read more

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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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Is there a way to stop teeth grinding at night without a mouth guard?

Is there a way to stop teeth grinding at night without a mouth guard?

Not really: 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

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Will invisalign retainers work the same as a mouth guard for teeth grinding at night?

Will invisalign retainers work the same as a mouth guard for teeth grinding at night?

No: A properly fitted mouth guard for clenching/grinding purposes will be fitted to your bite and problem associated with your teeth grinding habit. Invisalign retainers are much thinner and do not take into consideration the way your teeth come together when they are in so could actually make a person who suffers from clenching/grinding, clench/grind more when wearing at night and grind through them. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop night time teeth grinding?

Night guard: Getting a well constructed night guard may or may not help break the habit. The importance of the night guard is that it will minimize the damage that is being done when you do grind your teeth. ...Read more

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How do I know if i'm grinding teeth at night and how can I stop it?

How do I know if i'm grinding teeth at night and how can I stop it?

TMJ: Do you have any TMJ symptoms? Check with your dentist. A night guard will prevent damage to your teeth if you are grinding. Most people grind because of stress so do your best to control your stress(exercise, meditate or?). ...Read more

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What can I do about broken brackets caused by grinding teeth at night?

What can I do about broken brackets caused by grinding teeth at night?

Tough situation...: I would find out from your orthodontist. In some cases a band can be used that has a bracket soldered onto it. ...Read more

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Help to stop grinding teeth at night - can biofeedback or something similar effective?

Help to stop grinding teeth at night - can biofeedback or something similar effective?

Yes, electromyogram: Biofeedback is effective for bruxism. In addition to in-office training, there are simple, portable EMG units that can be used at night to interrupt the habit of clenching and grinding. Find a certified biofeedback professional at www.Bcia.Org or www.Aapb.Org. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop grinding my teeth at night?

What can I do to stop grinding my teeth at night?

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 more

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Can a child wear an adult night guard for teeth grinding?

Can a child wear an adult night guard for teeth grinding?

NO: Bruxism is the term for this and it indicates as surely as anything can that the limbic system of the brain is in a marginal metabolic state.The easiest way to cause this is through a diet that is filles with "empty calories" partularly sweets. Look at my blog entitled "oxygen the spark of life" which you can google. ...Read more

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How do I stop my teeth grinding without using a night guard?

How do I stop my teeth grinding without using a night guard?

Make sure you: Have been check and rule out you do not have sleep apnea, second try to reduce stress in your life with some meditation and exercise. ...Read more

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What is a good night guard for grinding teeth? Upper or lower?

What is a good night guard for grinding teeth? Upper or lower?

Dentist made: The best brux guard is fabricated by a dentist and either on the top or bottom jaws are equally effective. However, if you have pain during the day from clenching, then a bottom brux guard can be worn with minimal speech impediments. ...Read more

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What can I do to refit/reshape a night brace for grinding teeth?

Better to remake: If you are referring to a generic night guard, throw it away as they have little value and may even do harm. For a dentist fabricated one, the time and money to try to re-adapt it is a bad idea. Have your dentist mae you a new one. ...Read more

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How do dentists look for symptoms of teeth grinding in the night?

How do dentists look for symptoms of teeth grinding in the night?

Signs of wear: Night grinding or bruxism can be seen in the wear patterns on the back teeth (molars). The dentist will observe flat areas on the teeth that normally are ridges. Patients usually report sore jaws or muscles in the morning and their partners note noisy grinding during sleep. ...Read more

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