tooth grinding and jaw clenching a common problem

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   Posted 6/22/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
anxiety sufferers often grind their teeth when asleep, this can be heard by a bed partner but may not be realised if sleeping alone
its a common cause of tooth damage and frequent replacement of fillings, one veteran dentist told me most of his dental repair work is from it
a football mouthguard (cheap) helps the teeth to slide over each other
a splint from dentist (expensive) can be worn to keep the teeth slightly apart
jaw clenching can cause severe pain in the jaw muscles, there are several of these on each side of the face and the pain can happen when awake later, can also cause noises in the ear
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   Posted 6/22/2007 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for sharing
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   Posted 6/22/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I clench my teeth, and have teeth issues because of it! My molars are worn down, and I have had to get severeal teeth fixed because of it. It sucks!

Just wanted to add my 2 cents!
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   Posted 6/22/2007 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My youngest  (6) already has had heaps of work done to her teeth from grinding them. sad   I hope that's as far as any anxiety will ever hit her.

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   Posted 6/22/2007 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Harry,

Good info, my youngest son used to grind his teeth at night.  I would have to ask his wife now if he still does.  yeah

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   Posted 6/23/2007 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Harry for yet another informative post

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   Posted 6/25/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried the football mouth guards and spit them out in my sleep. I never could keep it in my mouth all night. I have painful TMD from time to time.

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   Posted 6/26/2007 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I tend to grind my teeth a lot. I often catch myself doing it while I'm awake. I've never been told I do this at night and I have never suffered any tooth damage because of it. Nonetheless this is great to know. I will try to be more cognitive of it. Thanks for the info.

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   Posted 6/26/2007 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I clench my teeth a lot, sometimes giving myself a headache.  Especially when I wake up in the morning, even with an expensive night guard (because of TMJ which acts out once in a while).  It pretty habit forming.

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   Posted 6/27/2007 2:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. I don't know if this is something anyone is interested in, but I'll just throw it out there. I have read a lot of natural health materials, and a common symptoms listed for parasites is 'grinding teeth at night.' Parasites can also cause heightened anxiety. You can read about parasites and herbs/natural solutions by doing a search on google.

all the best, manyembers

PS - I have found doing a parasite cleanse helps with lowered anxiety levels. It's because it deals with some of the toxicity issues that can worsen anxiety. Most people have some level of parasites simply because they are so prevelent (in meat, improperly washed veggies etc.). It's just not like folks in North America get them as severely as in 3rd world countries.
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