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Clenching Jaw & Grinding Teeth when Stressed!?

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Old 06-01-2011, 09:12 AM   #1
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cmoore148 HB User
Unhappy Clenching Jaw & Grinding Teeth when Stressed!?

Hi Guys,

I am a newbie here on Healthboards, but am having serious problems clenching my jaw/grinding my teeth when I am sleeping. I really think it has to do with stress b/c it seems to happen more frequently when I am stressed. I end up waking up with a terrible headache from this every morning. Can anyone relate?? Any tips??

Thx in advance.

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Old 06-05-2011, 08:26 AM   #2
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Re: Clenching Jaw & Grinding Teeth when Stressed!?

I have a similar problem, bruxism. Grinding teeth while asleep, waking myself up afraid I had broken a tooth. After 40 plus years of it, I had finally worn down the enamel of some upper teeth to the dentin and was going to require false teeth or caps. A good dentist will provide a custom made 'bite' to wear while sleeping to prevent the wear on the teeth. The cause(s) vary with the individual.

Old 06-11-2011, 11:12 AM   #3
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Re: Clenching Jaw & Grinding Teeth when Stressed!?

Yes I am huge grinder and have been since I was a child. I've also become a clencher 24/7. I strongly urge you to get yourself a nightguard prepared by the dentist so that you don't ruin your teeth and need cosmetic work done.
Make sure it fits properly and and comfortably. I have had several that were not aligned properly and it messed up my bite. I wear mine usually 24/7 as I am so used to it and have been clenching in daytime.
It will be worth it I assure you!!

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