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I grind my teeth when i'm under a lot of pressure. Is this a sign of a mental illness?
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
29 doctors agree
In brief: Probably not
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is a fairly common sign of tension, and it can cause problems with one's teeth.
However, by itself, it is not suggestive of a mental illness, just that you are reaching your threshold of how much pressure you can handle. It's your body's signal for being overwhelmed.

In brief: Probably not
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is a fairly common sign of tension, and it can cause problems with one's teeth.
However, by itself, it is not suggestive of a mental illness, just that you are reaching your threshold of how much pressure you can handle. It's your body's signal for being overwhelmed.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Patrick Melder
Bruxism can occur without stress as well.. But not a sign of mental illness... Don't add o your stress :)
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Great collaboration. Wishing you'all the very best.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
7 doctors agree
In brief: Save $$$
See your dentist as soon as possible.
Bruxism can destroy your teeth and then it will be very expensive. My advice is "asap".

In brief: Save $$$
See your dentist as soon as possible.
Bruxism can destroy your teeth and then it will be very expensive. My advice is "asap".
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Dr. Bob Stewart
Biofeedback therapy can also help you learn not to grind your teeth. Professionals can be located through www.bcia.org and www.aapb.org.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
6 doctors agree
In brief: Your dentist
Get a plastic bridge.
Bruxism is bad for your teeth and your credit card.

In brief: Your dentist
Get a plastic bridge.
Bruxism is bad for your teeth and your credit card.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Use a tooth guard,mold your teeth at dentist and wear it evwry night as you grind teeth more when you sleep and it causins thinning of enamel
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Grind teeth
No, but it may be a sign of too much stress.
See your doctor for help.

In brief: Grind teeth
No, but it may be a sign of too much stress.
See your doctor for help.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Other reasons
Along with stress, sleep apnea can cause grinding.
And then there are others who grind for an unknown reason.

In brief: Other reasons
Along with stress, sleep apnea can cause grinding.
And then there are others who grind for an unknown reason.
Dr. John Van der Werff
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Sleep problem?
Bruxism is sometimes related to sleep disorders.
A sleep study may be useful.

In brief: Sleep problem?
Bruxism is sometimes related to sleep disorders.
A sleep study may be useful.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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