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Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding

Teeth grinding (otherwise known as bruxism) is caused by the pressing, clenching or physical grinding of teeth against each other, often at night. It is normal for people to grind their teeth a little when their teeth are growing, as it is the body’s way of developing a perfect bite. However, tooth grinding can also be brought on by stress and psychological problems, but luckily there are a number of effective treatments. These can include muscle relaxants to loosen the muscles in the jaw, as well as corrections to the bite achieved by crowns or onlays. A splint can also be created to prevent damage to the teeth and to eliminate headaches and pain associated with the condition.

If you would like to know more about looking after your child’s teeth, then read our guide especially for parents on the Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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I can't stop grinding my canine teeth and it's got to the point now that it's causing my teeth to feel loose and my whole jaw to hurt and shooting pain to go up to my temple but the problem is I can't afford to go to the dentists because of having a low wage. So my question is where and how can I get help? Can I go to the gp for help or shall I just go the dentists and not eat well for a month?





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please help me get my small back





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Hi, I have missing teeth, I live in London. I am actually looking for a dentist which I can trust and doing a good job. Someone you can relay and trust. It's true there are a lot of dentist around London but only few know what they do. I am here to ask you a good dentist address. I work as waiter in a restaurant in mayfairf and believe me it's very difficult for me feeling normal, because I can not smile and even when I talk they can see there is something wrong with my teeth But the most of it it's that I have a bad breath , which very often I take mint to cover my bad breath. I am asking you kindly an address for a good dentist. Warm regard. S





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Hi I hate my teeth they don't join together got a gap. Which make me hate my teeth I can't smile in any of my pic. Got no confedance. Every one says your to old what's the point. But just to see it once in my life my teeth perfect would be nice. Even my sons is embarrassed about them. I so need help. It feel like no one wants to help.





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My lower front teeth are very very short. I don't want to lose them, and I don't want the high expense of crowns and the shaping that that entails. Is there some kind of false-teeth type thing that can sit on existing teeth instead of a flat gum? held in place the same way instead of being permanent... thereby protecting the teeth underneath. I know there are comedy teeth and such, but based on that so you can keep and protect your own teeth. Think a kind of 'dressing' for your existing teeth, to be used when necessary, and matched to your bite. I tried asking my dentist but he seems pushed for time and just ushered me away so the next patient could come in.





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I have bad weak teeth due to fear of dentist plus grinding my teeth. I am a very anxious person and tend to unknowingly grind my teeth day and night resulting in numerous headaches and migraines. Have had a mouth guard in the past but felt suffocated and felt it would pull my teeth out. Problem is that as im getting older my teeth are starting to break and crack but i cant afford all nhs charges or dental implants!





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Hello, I suffer with teeth grinding and clenching. I recently visited the dentist and said I was getting pain on my left side and he checked and said he can't see anything but it might be because of clenching. When I have visited before in the past he asked me if I grind my teeth but I assumed I do. Also i have a uneven bite wear all my top teeth rest on my right side bottom back tooth. I'm just unsure what to do as I get Alot of pain and just wish there was a way of correcting it so I had straight in line teeth :-)





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I suffer daily from dental pain. My dentist has tried everything. I've had removals, filling and root canals and yet I have to keep on painkillers. On top of all this my teeth are so mishapen and I have the worst smile that I can't even look in the mirror. Given the choice I'd have implants but at a £1000 a tooth that will never happen. can get a boob job on the nhs but not dental. Is there any options I can look into?





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Hello I am a 40 year old male I only have 15 heath left and that are all on a bad way some of them are wobbly and I just don't no what to do any more





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Thank you very much to the person that mentioned the Botox injections, I already have a mouth guard and take amitriptyline as I now also have nerve damage, my pain is in my neck, jaw, teeth, temples,ear, and head on one side that radiates across to my whole head, I am lucky that I have a good dentist and doctor and even I'm struggling The dental hospital seems like the only alternative if I can manage the very long waiting list and I am now also wondering if a physio can help





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