Anyone grind their teeth at night?

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   Posted 1/27/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been doing this for years. So much so that my doctor noticed when looking back at my throat once, guess I'm doing a lot of wear and tear to them. I was just reading that it can be related to stress and anxiety. Imagine that!
So I went and bought a dental gaurd at the store. Not exactly the most comfortable thing to wear at night. But for the last two weeks I've woken up with a different tooth here and there hurting from the grinding. I figure wearing one is better then a root canal, and ruining all my teeth!
Not sure how else I can stop doing this, the Lexapro has helped me so much. I feel like a new person. Of course I still have my moments, but I'm able to cope finally. I'm able to talk myself out of the health anxiety issues now. Which is something I was never able to do before. But this is one thing I can't seem to stop, if it is anxiety related!
Just wondering if anyone else does this?
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   Posted 1/27/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jen,

I do not have a problem with this but I am wondering if you could get a special guard at the dentist that is more comfortable for you to us.  I would guess they may have a better product then a regular store.

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   Posted 1/27/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I also do this from stress. . . I clench my jaw and when I realize it, I stop for the moment. I have to agree with Kitt that a guard made by the dentist for your own teeth would be more comfortable :)

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   Posted 1/27/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   

i grind, been doing it since i was a young child. your dentist can make you a tailor made guard called a 'splint'. it is much more comfortable than a mouth guard as its made especially for you and they dont cost too much. helps me alot.


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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   


I just had a discussion about a month ago with my dentist about grinding my teeth.  I went in to see him because I had two teeth, one right above the other, that were hurting.  First he suggested I get my wisdom teeth pulled, which I did a few weeks ago and then he suggested that I come in to his office and have a mold made of my mouth for a guard to wear at night to keep me from grinding. 

He told me about the newest one they have been ordering and it is just a small piece that fits over just your bottom front teeth.  His patients who use it say it is very comfortable and works really well.  May want to ask your dentist about it.  I can't get mine until my gums heal from the extractions, but will be going in hopefully end of Feb. or early Mar.  Hope this helps.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband told me I grind my teeth in my sleep. So much so, that he could hear it. My teeth are pretty much flat now. This was when we first got together as a couple. I guess the years of abuse from an exboyfriend caused me to grind my teeth. A guard sounds like a good idea.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Dentists are part of my anxiety! LOL I have to force myself to go see him, but I wil for sure ask him about making one. The one I bought you boil and it makes it real soft, then you bite down on it and it makes an impression of your teeth. I wore it last night, and did better with getting used to it. But would still like something more comfortable. My husband said I was grinding around 5 am this morning, so hopefully I saved myself some pain today!

It's an odd thing! What do you to stop it when your asleep!

Had a minor set back last night. Started worrying that there was something wrong with my eyes again. Same old health anxiety over something that is completely normal (nothing but an after image that went away quickly, and I keep thinking it's some kind of blind spot). Ugh, even though I'm so much better it's still a battle!
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   Posted 1/28/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to, but I don't think I do anymore. At least my dh hasn't complained about it. My teeth did get worn down quite a bit. It hasn't caused me any problems though and I was told by my dentist that I grind my teeth when I was in high school, about 20+ years ago. I think it was stress at the time.

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   Posted 1/29/2009 3:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to grind my teeth terribily...The doctors said it was tension and stress! Luckily I have stopped! x


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