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What are alternatives to mouth guard for teeth bruxism?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Relax!

Have your dentist evaluate you occlusion (bite) to make sure your bite is in balance and there are not prematurities when you bite which may induce clenching or grinding as your jaw seeks to find the right bite unconsciously.
Stress often causes bruxism. Reduction of stress can sometimes be reduced with relaxing techniques such as yoga, exercise, a walk outside in the fresh air, deep breathing e.

In brief: Relax!

Have your dentist evaluate you occlusion (bite) to make sure your bite is in balance and there are not prematurities when you bite which may induce clenching or grinding as your jaw seeks to find the right bite unconsciously.
Stress often causes bruxism. Reduction of stress can sometimes be reduced with relaxing techniques such as yoga, exercise, a walk outside in the fresh air, deep breathing e.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Edmund Lipskis
It is interesting to think that when teeth are apart (which for an average person is 23 hours and 40 minutes per day - studies demonstrate that, including eating teeth only touch each other for a total of 20 minutes of time in contact), something happens neurologically that makes a person clench nor grind because once they are actually in contact, somethings not even. prematurities certainly will make teeth get sore and even shift over time, the inflammation and pain from the prematurity is actually more likely to cause a person to clench than the fact that there is a prematurity. 3 things that the research has shown to cause clenching / grinding are 1) airway issues that reduce bloodstream oxygenation levels, such as in Sleep Apnea. 2) pain and inflammation signals to the brain, especially while asllep cause a reflexive clench / brux, and 3) anxiety or stress. Most patients have a combination of the three. When it's only stress, the episodes are transiant and periodic, not a regular occurence. The best way to reduce or eliminate bruxing is to have a doctor who knows how to evaluate these issues figure out what the problems are and then treat those issues. As Dr. Sandler said Stress reduction techniques are helpful when appropriate.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Lipskis- Thanks for the excellent answer and the additional information. I am in full agreement with everything you stated. My answer was very limited and only addressed one factor. It's unfortunate that our answers are limited to 400 characters.
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Teeth grinding

There are some medications that have been shown to be effective at reducing teeth grinding during sleep.
Also, if a person has a sleep related breathing disorder and it is treated, sleep grinding is reduced. Research has shoown that the bite relationship has little to no influence on sleep bruxism so treatments to adjust the bite for this purpose are never indicated.

In brief: Teeth grinding

There are some medications that have been shown to be effective at reducing teeth grinding during sleep.
Also, if a person has a sleep related breathing disorder and it is treated, sleep grinding is reduced. Research has shoown that the bite relationship has little to no influence on sleep bruxism so treatments to adjust the bite for this purpose are never indicated.
Dr. Steven Bender
Dr. Steven Bender
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Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Talk to your dentist

There are many varieties of appliances available to protect you from the dental, muscular, and systemic effects of bruxism. If you are having an issue with your current appliance, speak to your dentist about alternatives.
The appliance is only a way to prevent damage to the system from grinding. True "alternatives" (meaning to stop bruxism) depend on the cause.

In brief: Talk to your dentist

There are many varieties of appliances available to protect you from the dental, muscular, and systemic effects of bruxism. If you are having an issue with your current appliance, speak to your dentist about alternatives.
The appliance is only a way to prevent damage to the system from grinding. True "alternatives" (meaning to stop bruxism) depend on the cause.
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
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