| | Grinding & Receeding
I went back to my dentist last tuesday due to swollen top lip & gums. Also pain, maybe TMJ. So my doc said he thinks it's from grinding and I needed a night guard, but not just any night guard but a special $400 night guard. This is not a soft one, but hard and fits to both my uppers & lowers.
Over the past few year my gums have receeded. From what my dentist says it is from brush to hard as a kid. I think my grinding might be making it worse. Anyway, I can notstop looking or thinking about my teeth. I have to go to a mirror every hour and look and play with my mouth. I can not stop thinking about them. I feel like I am an idoit for destroying my own teeth. To me my gum line looks bad and it scares me a lot. I am 30 and I am scared by 40 I will have no teeth.
I also have a problem with anxiety & self-esteem, which is just making it worse. Anyway, I'm not sure getting this $400 night guard is the right thing to do. I think my gums and teeth are a lost cause and i should just give up on them all together. I am tired of worrying all the time!!!!!!