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    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. Read more →

    Hi, I'm 15 and recently my dentist has been baffled as to why I still have my baby teeth. I recently had to go there because if two teeth chipping, they were both baby teeth, molars and both on the side of the mouth I eat with normally. The dentist a say it was caused by the pressure of the adult teeth growing and excessive grinding, probably while in bed.My teeth are in good condition, I brush two-three times a day with Clinomin toothpaste as it prevents staining from tea and coffee. I was wondering if there is anything I could do about getting my baby teeth out and stopping grinding, as my dentist hasn't offered me any treatment. Please help, I love my teeth lots, thanks.





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    Hi, I suffed from grinding teeth in the past and now my teeth are starting to crumble away. I have already had my lower two back teeth taking out at great expense, and now after eating a piece of pear I noticed that a bit of another tooth has falling away from the tooth and is starting to annoy me. What shall I do and what would the best option be, as I don't want my teeth all to fall out.





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    Can adults have orthodontist treatment on NHS? I have an overbite and my bottom teeth sometimes cut into the roof of my mouth, usually when I have been grinding my teeth.





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    My daughter is 3 years old she grindes her teeth alot during the night, her front teeth are damaged, been dentist they she may have had a fall, we thinks its due to her grinding?!?





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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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    Over the years I have been grinding my teeth on a regular basis. During my visits to the dentists over the years altough they have commented that I grind my teeth they have not given me as how I could avoid this habit. Now my teeth are so bad that my jaws have droppen to such an extent that the dentists have found it impossible to make dentures. With the result I now have to make use of my gums whilst eating. This causes pai in the gums. Even a consultant at Hospital has said that my teeth have reached a critivcal stage but have not recommended a cure. I am a pensioner and not able to afford implants. Any suggestions and recommendations you would have would be greatly appreciated.





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    Is there a known phobia that relates to grinding teeth?! I do not do it myself but I am very aware of other people doing it.. and it terrifies me! It makes me want to cry, It is so bad I can no longer eat with my 2 year old niece as she grinds her teeth all the time whilst eating and its really getting me down.. I dont want to get to the point I can no longer be in an environment with people in which there is a chance I will hear the bone chilling sound.. I need help! :'(





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    I've got several tics/twitches,from sharps nods of the head,twitching the eyebrows,grinding the teeth and curling the top lip. I'm very aware when I'm doing it and its very embarrassing. I've just became a dad and now the thing I fear most is embarrassing her when she's older. Is there anything I can do to control it?





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    Hi Darren. There are many things that can help you control your tics. You may find a combination of medication and talking/behavioral therapies will be helpful in controlling it. Also taking up a hobby such as playing an instrument/singing or a sport may be helpful. Personally I have full-blown tourettes and my first tics started when I was three. I'm now 21 and although I have no children my partner has a little sister. I've found that its best to just be yourself. If you tic, you tic. If they ask questions then answer them honestly whenever they ask. Children will always be inquisitive, its part of growing up but if you are open and honest with your child, and other children, when they ask questions you will find that they will grow up into accepting people with great moral values. Please just be yourself. Lastly: congratulations! (sorry it's a year late: only just found this!)

    My teeth are in pretty poor shape after my childhood and my reluctance to clean my teeth. I'm living with the consequences now, but thankfully I am brushing my teeth twice a day currently. However, my top 2 teeth have began to rot at the top of the tooth where it meets the gum, and I have had numerous fillings. Is there anything I can do to make the appearance of my teeth better, make the teeth whiter and look more healthy. And also, disguise or fix the rotted area between my top two teeth and my gum.





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    The most suitable solution is to have 'composite' restorations placed which are white - this must be done by a dentist and is available on the NHS for anterior teeth. Keep on top of your brushing etc., stop smoking and avoid foods that stain teeth including wine/curry etc.

    the rot at the top of your teeth is because you are not cleaning your teeth properly. i would advise a trip to the dentist to have the rot removed and filling placed, and thena trip to the hygienist for a very strict oral hygiene regime

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    I have been grinding my teeth now for two years also due to this have suffered constantly with cronic tention headaches. Both these I'm sure were sparked off from a break down I had two years ago. I'm taking Sertraline for depression and also amptripline for the constant headaches.The headaches most days on a scale of 1 to 10 are usually around the 7 to 10 mark. I wear a mouth guard every night. I am at my wits end





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    Hiya Sarah. I could have written your comment myself only I have been suffering for 4 years since my sister emigrated. Amitriptiline had no affect on me even after taking 50mg doses. I went back to my docs this week and he told me he couldn't do anything else to help me and to go for a walk in the park or do a dance class to relax! I have tried everything.Even paid out £500 for a chiropractor but with no luck.I am still searching for a cure for my headaches. It has a massive affect on my family and I hate that. It's very hard for people to realise how disabling this type of headache can be for the sufferer.I am at my wits end too. I can't imagine living the rest of my life with this. I hope you find relief soon.

    hi i suffer from quite a lot of headaches at the moment and i am on amitripilin and also migraleve and also a nasal spray called sumatripan i think. i was taken into hospital last september they figured it out was to do with the nerves at the back of my eye as the pressure was so high and they where swollen because the hole where the nerves go through is very tight. they also wanted to try a lumbar puncture to see whether or not there was pressure in my brain as this could be the case as your doctor to refer you to a nurologist and to get a puncture if poss as could help

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    Hi, I've been grinding my teeth pretty much since I had teeth! My bottom teeth especially are very bad and have been worn down to the gum. I have been told that if i have new teeth fitted my grinding is so severe that i might damage the dental work. I don't know what to do? I don't have the money to pay for all of the treatment necessary. Will it be possible to get it done on the NHS?





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    Hi I'm 23 and have been grinding my teeth for a ~4-5years. It was only recently that I would wake up with a locked jaw and headaches. I went to see my dentist who recommended not a mouth guard but a specially made device, similar to a removable brace, that stops you grinding your teeth, a behavioural device, as metal prongs cause an uncomfortable sensation that stops the grinding in its tracks. It doesn't hurt though. I also had constant jaw ache and pain when eating and chewing, which my dentist said my muscle injury and recommended a soft diet for a couple of weeks. I do recommend that you try to find the cause of the teeth grinding. I seem to grind my teeth more when I'm more stressed. Coping with stress better has meant I'm not grinding as much if at all. The device cost ~£200 but you can wear it in the day as you can't tell I'm wearing it, particularly if you find you're clenching your jaw in the day.





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    it´s only been the last yr and a half i have been grinding my teeth in my sleep obviously i didn´t realise i was grinding my teeth till my boyfriend told me, i have been with him for 5 yrs and he said he never noticed till a year and half ago! Also my parents noticed it when i popped back to england for a weeks holiday and apparently it´s very loud! any solutions apart from the mouth guard, i have also had treatment for gum disease and scared if i keep grinding my teeth they will fall out ahhhhhhhh please help





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    I suffer from bruxism (grinding my teeth). My dentist has suggested a gum guard but I can't keep anything in my mouth for very long as it makes me vomit. Is there anything else I can do as I'm breaking all my teeth at night from constant grinding?





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    There are other treatment options available, visit your dentist again.

    I have visited my dentist again, last week in fact, and he said there isn't any other treatment for Bruxism! So, still don't know what to do. I'll have no teeeth left at this rate - so maybe that's the cure - LOL!

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    Hi, I have been grinding my teeth for over 15 years now and I am now losing my teeth, I have had mouth guards made for the top teeth and eaten them within a couple of weeks, since losing another back tooth I had a mouth guard made for my bottom teeth and again i eat it in a couple of weeks, I was referred to a maxifacial clinic who took some X-rays , I then saw the consultant who said this is a mouth of a smoker, if I didn't stop smoking and find out why I was stressed or what i was worring about I would lose all my teeth in the next couple of years as you can imagine I went away very distressed by the comments made . I have been on zolodex for two 6 months periods in the last ten years for endo and also in the last month just had a hystectomy for adenosmysis . I am gutted about the thought if losing my teeth as I am 43 years old and never had a filling in my life as my teeth have always been healthy. I wake up every day with jaw ache and breakfast is always pain killers for a headache. I need some advice on how to stop grinding my teeth as my jaw is very sore now everyday from grinding and clenching them whilst asleep . The last couple of teeth lost has happened whilst on medication could this of added to my condition.





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    My daughter has a big problem with her teeth her Jaw is out of line she is at her wits end and been told by her dentists she will eventually grind her teeth away please can you help her

    Hi I saw on this weeks programme about grinding teeth which I have been doing for a few years ( dont know why) Ive been to my dentist and he gave me a mouth guard which did not help as I am grinding that too, getting back to your programme with the guy that you sent to the dentist and had his teeth capped and his back teeth capped with gold and also lifted the height of his back teeth correcting his bit and helping him not to grind his teeth now when I told this to my dentist he said its not possible if you grind your teeth then you will grind the caps off so whats the point, is he correct we are talking nhs here but if I went private there would be no problem which is not fair is the procedure available on the NHS please help as I am so much pain, also if I could find a dentist to do this work at what cost thanks





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    I've been suffering for a number of years with grinding my teeth. I agree it always seems worse when I'm stressed out. However, there seems times when I'm not and I still grind my teeth. Why??? I have chronic problems with the left side of my face/head with severe headaches being the worst symptom. Would the teeth grinding be a direct link to this. To add to this I'm aware that my left nostril has collapsed and again, will this be an other factor to these headaches. I've one of those headaches right at this moment and no painkillers help.





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    hey i collapse on 10/08/2011 and was in hospital for 2 nights it was due to my headaches that i collapsed plus the fact that my blood pressure dropped to low. Sometimes when i get theses headaches my head feels like it is twitching from the inside and then shoots down my spine causeing really sore back pain i now have been referred to a neurologist for this and i am really scared. Iam really scared because i have done some research on my symptoms and all i got back was that they were linked to MS now i am not one of those people who think that if they pinpoint a symptom to one condition that thats what the've got but honestly i am really scared now please help

    I have been grinding my teeth and clenching while sleeping since I was little. I had tiny baby teeth because of it and I have a slight overbite now in my 20s. I wake other people up in the house, not just my boyfriend. I have had a splint and haven't looked at getting braces or sleep aid. What should I do first? I know not many general doctors treat teeth grinding, but I suffer major migraines(could be unrelated) and jaw pain. I see a lot of people suffer the same. I also see that a lot of different things could make it worse, stress, alcohol, jaw bone alignment? Where should I start?





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    ive been grinding my teeth for yrs at one stage all my bottom teeth were that shakey from grinding that before i got my bite gaurd i had to use a dummy.....but i never wake up with the bite gaurd in my mouth...is there anything else i could u





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    I often grind my teeth at night, sometimes to the point where I wake my wife up! I also catch the inside's of my mouth cheeks whilst eating, and have scars along each side of my cheeks. My dentist which I visit every year says that there is nothing wrong with my teeth. He has given me a gum shield which initially helped with the grinding, but I normally chew through these in just over a month. The last one they gave me fitted so badly I almost swollowed it in my sleep. Is there anything I can do to reduce the grinding of my teeth, and catching the inside's of my mouth whillst eating?





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    hi xx my mum says i grind my teeth all night long when i am asleep. i have seen people with hardly any teeth left through grinding there teth so any advice would be very helpfull i am only 14 and dont want grow up with no teeth please help . is this making my teeth round because my front 4 teeth are round ??????





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    Hi there I'm 26 years old and have been grinding my teeth for over a year now it happens at night and my partner occasionally wakes me up to tell me but as soon as get back to sleep I start grinding again. I am really about my teeth wearing down and not comfortable wearing a retainer through the night. It's really affecting my sleep and my partners. Any suggestions.





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    hi i'm 46yrs old i have'nt seen a dentist in over 10yrs or so at the moment i have really bad teeth grinding alot to get rid of pain taking pain killers like sweets as well for the pain i have a fear of dentists i am epileptic as well i had a fit the last time i saw a dentist so that put me off i cannot smile it looks like my teeth are bleeding some of them parts are missing as well i really need to see a dentist now but having trouble getting one and because of my epilepsy i'm having trouble i just sit at home grinding my teeth or take pain killers to ease the pain but its always there i would be gratefull if you could help me fillings have fallen out as well another problem i have thank you





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    im 39yrs old i have been grinding my teeth in my sleep for years, ive not been stressed or suffer from depression,i had small milk like teeth to start with, 2 teeth have crumbled already next to my front ones they had to be removed and the enamel has gone from my 2 front teeth and is going from my lower teeth from the bottem upwards,my dad had all hes teeth out due to looseing his enamel, i use pronamel tooth paste twice a day my dentist has told me in five years he"ll give me new ones but by then my teeth will be tinyer than they naturally are what do you think i should do next





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    WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT TEETH GRINDING? I DON'T WANT TO DAMAGE MY 'ABSOLUTELY PERFECT' TEETH BECAUSE I CLENCH MY TEETH WHEN I'M IN BED.





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    My problem is similar to many of yours put together. I too grind my teeth. ive only really noticed it this past year but my mum and sister said ive ben grinding my teeth for years. Ive noticed that my back teeth dont meet when my front teeth do and to make my front teeth meet i have to push my bottom jaw forward. i often wake up with jaw ache and when i eat my jaw locks and clicks. I cant eat chewy meat, or open my mouth wide without forcing my jaw forward first. It can be extremely painful and i dont like to eat in front of people other than family and close friends. I take longer to eat my food then feek uncomfortable eating when everyone else has finished. I went to my nhs dentist who is still training. he said i may need a splint and something to relax my jaw. after watching an episode about dental problems i found out that grinding teeth can cause jaw issues so i think that it my problem. The annoying thing is that my dentist wont do anything until he has had the lesson at his study place because he doesnt fully undertand what needs to be done.





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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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    Hi there. I have been grinding my teeth at night for probably the last 2-3 years however for the last 6-9 months it has really started getting to my partner keeping her awake and also it's started to wake up my 9 month old daughter who sleeps in our bedroom. I have read that it could be down to stress or psychological problems. I feel brilliant in myself but I served 12 years in the army and done a number of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and am worried it could be a sign of p.t.s.d. Any help with ways to stop me grinding my teeth so my partner and daughter can get a decent nights kip would be greatly appreciated





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    I have been grinding my teeth for i don't know how long, i have been to my dentist and he has given me a mouthguared that goes on my bottem teeth. I mostly grind my teeth at night and sometimes in the daytime when stressed, in can be very painful. It can be so painful sometimes that i hurts for me to eat, in some situations i have to suck my food. What can i do?





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    I was diagnosed with TMJ last year after being referred to an oral surgeon with suspected wisdom teeth problems. He arranged for my dentist to fit me with a flexible plastic mouth guard (it cost around £30). It fits over my bottom teeth, it doesn't prevent me grinding but it reduces damage to my teeth and my jaw is less sore in the morning. His other suggestions were to try and keep my jaw relaxed, avoid chewy foods and not open my mouth wide - this would allow inflammation in my jaw muscles to reduce. I occassionally take a 2 week course of ibuprofen to reduce inflammation when my jaw feels sore. I also get a lot of tension headaches and neck pain from grinding, I would recommend Syndol (get it over the counter from a chemists) - it contains a mild muscle relaxant which helps :)





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