Grinding Your Teeth

@kathy77 (7488)
Australia
April 24, 2007 12:09pm CST
If untreated, tooth grinding can lead to worn-down teeth, headaches, and many other symptoms. If you are unsure if you grind, tape-record yourself while sleeping. If you do grind, see your dentist as he or she might prescribe a mouth guard. One way to reduce your chance of grinding your teeth is by reducing your stress level. To accomplish this, try taking a warm bath or meditating before going to sleep.
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@Darkwing (21588)
26 Apr 07
I do grind my teeth in my sleep on occasions and I know when I do because it wakes me up. Not the sound, you'll understand but the actual feeling of grinding. I hate it!!! I seem to have largely outgrown it now though, because I sleep much better. I do meditate quite often to get to sleep, or I do the breathing exercised done prior to meditation, and it does seem to work. Thank you for this discussion Kathy, and brightest blessings.
@Bizziebod (3526)
26 Apr 07
Hi Kathy, I'm always grinding my teeth, especially when working, well it's not actually my teeth as such but I bite on the labret that I have on my lip! It's not really stress as I don't feel stressed at all, I think I do mine through concentration moreso! Thanks for your advice!
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• Malaysia
26 Apr 07
erm.. forgive me for my poor vocabulary.. what is grinding? is it something like biting our teeth? is it important to know whether we're grinding our teeth or not while sleeping? i am not sure whether i grind my teeth or not when i sleep.. but i think i didn't grind my teeth... my teeth is still healthy.. and i don't see any worn down teeth.. the only thing bad about my teeth is that it's not straight.. and that really make me hard to smile at times.. haha =P... thanks for the information kathy.. i will tape record myself some day.. i think i don't have any of the symptom yet..
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• Lincoln, Nebraska
26 Apr 07
Some people grind their teeth while they are asleep. I have heard that this is a symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea results in breathing distress for those who suffer from it. Many people don't realize they have this condition unless someone who is aware of their sleep habits tells them they are snoring a lot, grinding their teeth or whatever.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Sorry, I also meant to comment on the stress. It is very important to reduce the stress because this will reduce the tooth grinding also. I agree that a warm bath, meditating and yoga can greatly reduce your stress level and thus reduce damage to your teeth.
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• United States
24 Apr 07
I grind my teeth a lot. I had to buy a guard to stop any future problems. Thanks for the tip though. Bless you sugar. Hugs, have a great day. M&M
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
24 Apr 07
I didn't know that until recently my hairdresser told me she had a ringing in her ears also and her doctor asked her if she grids her teeth in her sleep and Yes she does so they think there's a chance that's what it is. It's called tetinus. Hope I spelled that right, anyway it's ringing in your ears. I'd like to know more about meditating.