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Clenching and Grinding Teeth?

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Posted by: ADAMosman  (7 years ago)
hi there everyone! my jaw hurts.. it has been a year since i started grinding and clenching my teeth, i have no idea why i started grinding and clenching my teeth even when i am awake. finding it hard smiling cause my teeth are uneven and cracked. i cant afford to visit a dentist cause i am out of budget. is it mannerism? am i stressed out? how can i prevent this humility?
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hi there everyone! my jaw hurts.. it has been a year since i started grinding and clenching my teeth, i have no idea why i started grinding and clenching my teeth even when i am awake. finding it hard smiling cause my teeth are uneven and cracked. i cant afford to visit a dentist cause i am out of budget. is it mannerism? am i stressed out? how can i prevent this humility?

No one knows why some people grind and cleach their teeth. No one has been able to figure that one out.

Applying hot compresses and combining it with massage will help somewhat. A dentist could prescribe muscle relaxants. For really severe cases, I refer to a physical therapist. When the muscles are more relaxed, I fabricate a plastic splint to wear at night.
Posted 7 years ago
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Brusxims, is a very old and commun pathology, due to the lack of capacity for people to manage or avoid the daily stress. Subconsciously the facial muscles contract so strongly, that create abnormal movements of the jaws and therefore these extra forces produce a great abrasion on the enamel of the teeth. It's such a serious modern condition that not only affects adults but also children as well, creating all kind of dysfunctional situations in the facial structures, as well as neck, heat, and back.
The fact that you aware of the situation is already a good point, now the deal is to find the way to controle it...! weather with meditation, prayers, sports, praying or what ever works for you to calm down. Herbal Teas aslo are a great help and also organic essencial oils. To start, YOGA, is the best choice. Make life change before is too late, simple life, establish priorities, make right choices, and of course LOVE. Keep in mind: EVERYTHING COMES FROM WITHIN, so do not waste time finding the "magic pill", believe... does not existe.
In health, harmony, prosperity and happiness. Dr. A
Posted 7 years ago
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Posted by: mitchellcooley  (7 years ago)
I realize this is an old post. I don't know where the op lives but most pharmacy stores and big box stores sell a do-it-yourself kit for making a bruxism splint. I currently use one because I couldn't afford what the lab wanted to fabricate one for me (not covered by insurance)
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Posted by: dphob2  (7 years ago)
Be very careful with anything DIY, you can do more harm than good. I found hypnosis really helpful for my bruxing
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The main reason of grinding and clenching is stress.
Clenching may do more harm than grinding because clenching can cause degeneration in the joint.
There are some tips to stop grinding and clenching.

* Take a warm bath before bedtime. It can relax your jaw temporarily.

* Do exercise or a walk. They may help to relieve your tension and stress. As i said the main reason of grindong and clenching is stress.

* Remind yourself not to clench. Do anyhting which will remind you to keep your jaw relax. for example any dot on your cell phone or watch, sticky note etc.

Hope these tips will help you.
:)
the simpletooth
family dentistry with purpose
CA
Posted 7 years ago
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