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Minky asked in HealthDental · 1 decade ago

Teeth grinding...why? Any cure?

I grind my teeth badly in my sleep. I know it's not stress which is the usual excuse. Any ideas on a cure because I'll have no teeth left before long!

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    A lot of dentists will swear and argue with you that you can't make yourself stop, but my husband did. He used to grind his teeth in his sleep pretty bad. He stopped chewing gum through the day and consistently focused on not grinding or clenching his teeth. It took a couple months, but he's pretty much stopped grinding. His dentist still doesn't believe him. You just have to pick up and notice when you grind through the day. Your mind focusing on that and actively trying to stop the reflex will help trigger your mind to stop yourself while you sleep.

    The night guards that dentists give you (around $500 if you have insurance) only prevent damage to your teeth from grinding, it does NOT prevent you from doing it. The grinding action can still lead to TMJ even with a guard.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Deal with the stress and especially anger in your life. Also you should have your dentist/doctor give you an TMJ screening to make sure that there isn't a larger issue.

    I have been a lifelong teeth grinder (bruxist). The only thing that seemed to help me with it was happiness and joy finally eroded whatever made me grind.

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  • 1 decade ago

    my husband grinds his teeth,its like running ya fingers down a chalk board,it goes through me,

    he seems to do it worse...the week before his pay day,(i have no idea why)LOL.no honest,think it the idea of me spending money,heheh,

    but he says hes done it since he was a kid,

    so yes i agree with the answers on here,its stress,there is a medical term for it,

    good luck with the teeth

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    go to the dentist and talk to him/her about it. They have these retainers or whatever you call them you can put in your mouth when you go to sleep so you don't grind your teeth. you could probably ask some store associate where they are in the store and theyll tell u

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  • 1 decade ago

    They actually make mouth guards you can purchase to wear at night that will keep your teeth aligned.

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  • Honey
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    You will have to see your dentist. My other half and young son do it and it sounds terrible. You will be able to get a mouth guard. Good Luck.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The only reason I know is stress. You might not think you are stressed but something deep down might be bothering you.

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  • Talk to your dentist. There are inserts you can wear at night to help.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    speak to your dentist you can get a guard you wear at night to stop it

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  • 1 decade ago

    wear a gum shield to bed!

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