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GRINDING MY TEETH
January 16, 2003
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I AM GRINDING MY TEETH WHEN I SLEEP WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

January 16, 2003
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It means you have stress. I do it too. I also clinch mine so much that my jaws ache in the morning.

I've read that you need to relax before going to bed. Take some time to unwind, light a candle, meditate, read a book....something to slow you down and get your mind off of things.

It helps a little with me but usually it's just situational and I stop doing it. It comes and goes along with the craziness of my life.

I've heard that if it's really bad you can get a mouth guard. No thanks, I stick with meditating.

You are going thru some really trying times. Try to do some special things for yourself to relax. Take time for you, unwind and try to focus on what good in your life when things are getting so crazy.

Be well.

January 16, 2003
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thanks that is what i thought it was i am working through this it is a slow process though if he would just leave me alone i would be fine i think once the divorce is final i will be okay

January 16, 2003
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That's why I started grinding mine. When did you file? How is it going? I filed over a year ago....it's been long and trying, he wouldn't agree to anything...I've tried to "keep the peace" by not fighting it out but I think it will come to that to get it over with.

I think the finalization of it being over is a mental thing but I do it too. I just keep saying I'll be fine once it's over....

Hang in there, the good days are ahead!!!!!

January 16, 2003
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Hey guys,

I got a retainer from my dentist made to fit my teeth and I wear it at night. I habitually grind my teeth so it's not altogether a stress issue. If you start to hear clicking when you chew or move your jaw, or if you start to get frequent headaches, you should see your dentist. I actually snapped one of the ligaments on the right side of my jaw! Ouuuuuch.

January 16, 2003
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thanks all

January 16, 2003
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Cici!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How are you doing???

So your grinding isn't stress related??? Just something you do?

January 16, 2003
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OK. I admit it -- I'm a grinder.

And I have the TMJ thing, dislocated the little thing that cushions the ball and socket of the jaw connection. And have been in a retainer/night guard for 8 years. I can tell it's getting bad when my muscles spontaneous spasm and the jaw slams shut.

But stress makes it worse. For sure. You can buy a sports guard at a sports supply store if you can't afford the expensive one from the dentist for now. You can custom mold them to fit.

Pam, pull out all your relaxation techniques and try to make your mind and body chill out. This is a tough time for you and it's very important to take care of yourself.

When I put my guard in tonight I'll think of you...

((((((Pam))))))

January 16, 2003
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Oh yeah, another thing my dentist told me was to be aware of where I place my tongue in my mouth when I relax (weird, huh?). I tend to rest my tongue on the top of my mouth, pressed up behind the top teeth. I'm supposed to let my tongue lie on the bottom of my mouth. It's so bizarre to realize I'm pushing at the roof of my mouth with my tongue unconcsiously.

I've got the TMJD as well, augh it hurts like hell sometimes, thus the retainer. But I even ground my baby teeth when I was a tot, so it's just habitual now!

January 16, 2003
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Add my name to the teeth grinding list. I can usually tell when it gets worse. First of all it wakes my husband up and then my jaws are kind of sore first thing when I wake up. Mine tends to get worse when I am under more stress than usual. I need to talk to my dentist about it but haven't yet.

January 16, 2003
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ME TOO ME TOO 🙂 My jaw has started the popping and locking thing too, guess it's off to the dentist, eh? Oh I hate going though!!! I am *such* a chicken.

January 16, 2003
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i think i read it somewhere that a large percentage of people DO grind their teeth in sleep.. ask ur dentist, maybe its just normal

January 16, 2003
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Okay, one more grinder here, and the tmj is so bad that some times when I'm chewing my jaw actually LOCKS UP!! For years it started with just the clicking, now it's full blown messed up...had the retainer and got real bored with it, but I should have stuck with it. Sometimes it sounds like I'm tap dancing when I'm eating.....ugh

I think it may have started out as stress, and yep, cici, my tongue also rests on the top of my mouth, pushing my teeth. How weird..

January 17, 2003
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I think the tongue thing tenses up your jaw muscles. I have to consciously push my tongue down and let it lay on the bottom of my mouth. The retainer is such a pain in the a$$, too, but if i go even a day without it I get the migrane action. Most mornings I pop my jaw out of its locked position right when I wake up so I can open my mouth to yawn. e-gads.

January 17, 2003
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Sometimes I'll yawn and not expect it and it feels like my jaw just broke, heck, you can hear it across the room, and it HURTS!!

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