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What causes you to clinch yor teeth while sleeping?

What causes you to clinch yor teeth while sleeping?

Bruxism: Clenching or griiding of teeth during sleep is called bruxism. It is actually a clenching of the jaw muscles. It can cause abnormal wear of the teeth, and a dentist can make an oral device to separate the upper and lower teeth during sleep. ...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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What can cause pain in teeth after sleep?

What can cause pain in teeth after sleep?

Grinding: If you are grining during sleep you can over stress the ligaments that hold the teeth into the bone and will make them sore. The muscles may spasm which can cause some refeered pain to the teeth and stffness in the jaw. ...Read more

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Can grinding your teeth when you sleep cause a tooth to be loose?

Can grinding your teeth when you sleep cause a tooth to be loose?

Yes: Grinding your teeth can cause loose teeth. It can also cause excessive wear of the enamel, tooth sensitivity, and cracks/breaks in your teeth. ...Read more

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My 7 year old son grinds his teeth in sleep during night. What could be the cause?

My 7 year old son grinds his teeth in sleep during night. What could be the cause?

Stress: Believe it or not, small children experience stress in their lives just as we do. The most common reason to grind the teeth is stress related. However, another cause is due to eruption of teeth. This could be a normal body response to dealing with the change in the bite as they lose baby teeth and get adult teeth. Take him to an orthodontist for an exam to know for sure. Check out www.Braces.Org. ...Read more

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What causes me to grind my teeth during sleep?

What causes me to grind my teeth during sleep?

Tooth interferences: If teeth are mal-aligned they can crate collisions at night that stimulate excess muscle tension in the jaw muscles. This typically results in tooth grinding due to hyperactive muscles. ...Read more

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What is the cause of teeth gnashing while you are sleeping?

What is the cause of teeth gnashing while you are sleeping?

Bruxism: Bruxism is a general term for clenching, gnashing, grinding generally caused by stress. Bite discrepencies can also exacerbate this. A nightguard can help prevent damage from bruxism, but will not stop it. ...Read more

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I grind my teeth in my sleep every night. Can this cause any issues?

I grind my teeth in my sleep every night. Can this cause any issues?

Yes: It can cause a number of issues from simple wear on your teeth to jaw pain and headaches. A custom fitted nightgaurd may be agood option for you. ...Read more

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What are the causes of teeth clenching while sleeping?

What are the causes of teeth clenching while sleeping?

Abnormal bite: Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a 5 yr old child to grind her teeth during sleep?

What is the cause of a 5 yr old child to grind her teeth during sleep?

2 reasons: Very common. 1. Jaws grow slightly unevenly. As they do, kids tend to "grind in" their occlusion so teeth mesh better. 2. Kids back up the "computer" @ nite. They learn so much during the day, they tend to process it when they sleep. Grinding should disappear as permanent teeth start to erupt. By the way, 1st orthodontic cm-up age 7. ...Read more

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What is the cause of teeth grinding during sleep? How can it be stopped?

What is the cause of teeth grinding during sleep? How can it be stopped?

Stress. Custom guard: The most commonly accepted theory of why people grind their teeth is stress. Other contributing factors could be malocclusion (misaligned teeth) or missing teeth. Your best option to stop grinding, or at least prevent damage to your teeth and TMJ is to have your dentist make a custom fitted "night guard" which is comfortable to wear when you sleep. It can also be worn during the day ...Read more

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What are the causes and remedies of snoring and grinding of teeth while sleeping?

What are the causes and remedies of snoring and grinding of teeth while sleeping?

Individuality: There is no one "best" dental appliance for sleep apnea or grinding. I make different types of mouthpieces based upon my history and examination. Some patients just need a soft, thin mouthguard to wear at night, while others may need a hard acrylic one that they wear 24/7. Some come into my office with a handful of old appliances. Need to figure out what works and what did not. ...Read more

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What causes teeth grinding while sleeping?

What causes teeth grinding while sleeping?

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

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Will having teeth removed while sedated cause restless sleep?

Teeth: Depends on extent of procedure and level of discomfort afterwards. ...Read more

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I grind my teeth while sleeping, so much so that fillings have been dislodged. What causes this, and how can I stop it from happening?

Bruxism: The cause of bruxism is not well understood. Some possible contributing factors are daily stress, occlusal (bite) interferences or disharmony, and sleep disorders. In many cases, you can't stop it, although you can prevent damage to your teeth by wearing an night guard. Start by consulting with your own dentist on this subject. ...Read more

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What causes a child to grind their teeth while sleeping? Baby teeth were ground down. I worry now about adult teeth. The child is 8.

What causes a child to grind their teeth while sleeping? Baby teeth were ground down. I worry now about adult teeth. The child is 8.

Sleep bruxism: The cause (s) of bruxism are not fully understood. Causes include stress and anxiety, sleep disorder, misalignment of teeth, aggressive or hyperactive personality. Give that baby teeth were ground down, I would recommend you see a pediatric dentist to evaluate the integrity of your 8 yr olds permanent teeth and strategies to keep your childs adult teeth intact. ...Read more

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What could cause mouth opening and breathing noise like Darth Vader (not snoring), with teeth clamping shut (not grinding) a few times while sleeping?

What could cause mouth opening and breathing noise like Darth Vader (not snoring), with teeth clamping shut (not grinding) a few times while sleeping?

Test: You may have airway insufficiency resulting in sleep apnea. See a Pulmonologist. A sleep study may be in order. If you are grinding or clenching, or if you have a narrow upper jaw and/or retrusive lower jaw, an Orthodontic examination should be performed. ...Read more

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Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

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 more

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Im18 and still suck my thumb, its embarassing. Cant sleep if I don't cause then I clench and grind my teeth, it hurts. Should I see a dentist about it?

Im18 and still suck my thumb, its embarassing. Cant sleep if I don't cause then I clench and grind my teeth, it hurts. Should I see a dentist about it?

Yes: Using a dental guard might be a safer substitute for your thumb. Many people clench or grind their teeth in their sleep or as a nervous habit. You might also try relaxation techniques or counseling if you are unusually anxious. ...Read more

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