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How do I stop teeth-grinding and tension headaches?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Gary Kilgo
Neurology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Many options

One treatment is an oral splint from your dentist.
The dentist can also make sure that there is no damage from this problem. Grinding your teeth damages the enamel. This problem also causes muscle spasm in the jaw muscles that extends to the head and causes pain. Cognitive behavior therapy teaches techniques to deal with stress in a healthy way. Muscle relaxants help but may cause sedation/dizzy.

In brief: Many options

One treatment is an oral splint from your dentist.
The dentist can also make sure that there is no damage from this problem. Grinding your teeth damages the enamel. This problem also causes muscle spasm in the jaw muscles that extends to the head and causes pain. Cognitive behavior therapy teaches techniques to deal with stress in a healthy way. Muscle relaxants help but may cause sedation/dizzy.
Dr. Gary Kilgo
Dr. Gary Kilgo
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Many options

1. Muscle relaxer 2.
Botox 3. Cognitive behavior therapy 4. A splint designed to stop bruxing, not all of them do.. Each has it's advantages and disadvantages. You can find a dentist who specializes in jaw pain through www.Aaop.Org or www.Aacfp.Org.

In brief: Many options

1. Muscle relaxer 2.
Botox 3. Cognitive behavior therapy 4. A splint designed to stop bruxing, not all of them do.. Each has it's advantages and disadvantages. You can find a dentist who specializes in jaw pain through www.Aaop.Org or www.Aacfp.Org.
Dr. John Van der Werff
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