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Old 05-07-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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Clenching/Gridning/TMJ and Gum Recession

Does anyone have gum recession due to clenching, grinding, or TMJ? If so, does it affect the upper and lower gums equally or one more than the other? I have quite a bit of recession on my lower gums (more so in the front) and have great oral hygiene, so I'm exploring possible non-hygiene causes. I often have jaw pain although I'm not aware of any clenching or grinding, but my hygienest often asks me if I clench. I am aware that I tense my jaw a lot but my teeth don't touch when I do this. Thank you for any input.

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Old 05-12-2010, 01:16 PM   #2
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Re: Clenching/Gridning/TMJ and Gum Recession

I have gum recession and have been told it is due to all the nerve damage in my face from so many TMJ surgeries. I brush two - three times a days and floss more times than I can count in a day. I was a grinder and I still catch myself clenching at times of stress. If you can train yourself to place your tounge on the roof of your mouth while you are not talking, eating ect. you should get relief. Practice saying the word NO slowly and pay attention to where your tounge is placed on the roof of your mouth while pronouncing the N and try placing your tounge there and keeping your tounge there and see if you feel like weight has been taken off of your jaw joints. Hope this helps!
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Re: Clenching/Gridning/TMJ and Gum Recession

The first flag for me that I had some serious dental / TMJ problem was that I used to wake up with the taste of blood in my mouth. Went to Dentist who x-rayed and showed me how the gums were receeding and not sitting tightly against the base of the teeth, they were kind of pulled back, and he told me this was caused by the constant back and forth movement of grinding / clenching.

Do you have exposed dentene along the tops of your incisors? This is a sign and means you would be well advised to consult with a TMJ specialist

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