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 Do you always brush your teeth twice a day?
I sometimes go to bed without brushing my teeth. Is it bad?...

 How to make your teeth white?
I heard many people say by brushing everyday will eventually make your teeth white, but I don't get to see the results...

Are there any ways that can help?
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 REALLY bad toothache - please help?
I've got a really bad toothache, it started this morning and it's got worse through the day. It's there all the time and it's really really sore. I've already taken ibuprofen ...

 Mouthwash first or brush teeth first?
Should you use mouthwash then brush, or vice versa? Professionals?...

 I brush for about 15 minutes on an average.is this bad for my teeth?
everyone keeps telling me to do something about ...

 Do you clean your teeth before going to the Dentists?
I take my toothbrush and toothpaste with me and clean them before I go in....

 Do you have a beautiful smile?
Just a simple yes or no please and if no why not....

 I think my molar tooth needs to get pulled out. would it hurt?
My right molar tooth has cracked open alittle and now anytime my tounge touches it it hurts... it hurts and its throbbing which keeps me awake at night =( there is a cavity on top of the tooth to. A...

 Ive just been told I have to pay £700 for a brace for my 10 year old daughter. whats happening to dentists!?

 Can you actually die from tooth absess?
My friend said u could die if your tooth abcess leaks out poison. Is this true? I think I have a tooth abcess, so could i drop at any moment or is there a warning sign or something?...

 How can I get my 2 year old to let me brush his teeth?
Everytime I try to brush my sons teeth we go through a battle. He cries and pushes me away etc. I have to literaly hold him down everyday. What do I do?...

 I hav bulimia. would the denists say anything about my teeth?
im 16. i got braces on a few months ago and do monthy checks. i just went in for one today - i drive. the tops of my bottom front teeth seem to be wearing down a bit and they arent in the greatest ...

 Abscessed tooth! Face is swollen! Has anyone ever died from this because the pain is killing me?
I'm on antibiotics and Vicodins and as many Advils, Aleves and aspirins I can swallow. Can't get into dentist until Tuesday! What can I do to get through this? Any suggestions? Please ...

 What r some of the things u can't eat w/ braces?
I have to get them soon and I'd kinda like to know exactly what I won't be able to enjoy in life anymore:(...

 Getting Braces?
My two front teeth are uneven and i have an overbite and i have a tooth so far in my gum that i have a bump in my gum. Do I ahve to have braces?
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 Well answer me now plese?
hey people tommorow march 15 2005 im gonna go to the dentist and their gonna take 1 or 2 teeth out will it hurt????????????...

 Does anyone remember those little red tablets you got when you were little?
I remember when I was a little kid, we got these little red tablets from the dentist that you could chew up and spit out to see if you were brushing good or not. I loved those things! I would chew ...

 I'm so scared..Wisdom teeth removal?
I'm getting my wisdom teeth out this friday and I am FREAKING out.

I'm probably going to have a huge panic attack right when I get in the little operating room..(i'm having ...

 How do you pull teeth out without going to see a dentist?

 Bad Breath Cures serious answers only please?
I constantly have bad breath, I brush 2 times a day, floss, use mouth wash, I use a tongue scrapper and everything, I've even taken pills that claim bad breath is caused by something in your ...

How can I stop grinding my teeth? I do it without thinking and even in my sleep.?

The dentist tolled me its because you are nerves or depress!!!

Amy lynn
Wear a mouth guard. It helps you to not grind your teeth at night. You can go to a sport outlet store i'm pretty sure.

talk to your dentist

if you go to the dentist then they can give you something to put over your teeth

Vellie J
Go to your dentist and have him fit you for a nightguard. It looks like invisalign but it creates a barrier between your two sets of molars and stops you from grinding... It usually comes from stress or anxiety!!!

Wear a night guard for your teeth while you are asleep, and focus on your grinding when you are awake. Determine if you grind out of habit, or because you are stressed, nervous, etc. Try to identify the cause and then focus on stopping. I would also suggest checking your temporomandibular joint with a dentist, perhaps some adjustment is needed.

girl i wonder the same thing cuz i do it too

♥Yasie♥ <3
i used to do that all the time there;s no easy way to stop u just stop when u stop

Put those nightgaurds on... .... ... ...

Teethgrinding is related to other things ---anger, gallbladder issues, and one of them could be parasites.


my doctor recommend a mouth piece for my mother and it really works

Violet Pearl
try 50-100mg of 5HTP a night (if you're not on any antidepressants)

i do the same thing i do not notice when i do it

Mizz SJG
My brother wears a football mouth guard at night...dentist recommended.

Your dentist can give you a shield to wear at night.

durring the day you will just have to be more concious of it. I bite my nails sometimes without thinking so I know where you are comming from. The best thing for night time is to get a sleep guard from your dentist.

You can go to the dentist and they will make you a splint. This doesn't stop you but it helps protect your teeth. I didn't want to pay for one so I just got a sport mouth peice molded it to my mouth and cut it to make it a bit shorter so it would only cover my front 8 teeth about.

Problems Caused by Bruxism
Bruxism can either directly or indirectly cause many problems. Grinding can cause teeth to become painful or loose. Patients can literally grind away parts of their teeth, leaving them with worn surfaces or fractured enamel.

1. Wearing of teeth.
Wear occurs from the movement of the teeth harshly against one another. Although all teeth may show this type wear, it is especially noticeable when a person has front teeth that appear having the same length - as if they were filed down.
2. Breaking of teeth.
As teeth wear, the edges of front teeth and the cusps or corners of back teeth will begin to show microfractures or cracks. These cracks can not be seen on x-rays. It takes magnified vision and/or an intraoral magnified image to diagnose them. Where this becomes especially important, is that teeth with these type of fractures will either eventually chip, break a corner, or yet require root canal therapy. The reason for root canal therapy is that the fracture begins on the surface of the tooth and eventually deepens until the crack enters the area of the nerve.
3. Sensitive teeth.
Usually a generalized soreness and/or a cold sensitivity..
4. Receeding gums and/or teeth with gum line “notches”.
Most people have been told or assume that receeding gums occur because of age, using a hard bristle brush or the occurence of gum (periodontal) disease. In fact none of these reasons are correct in a majority of the cases. These are referred to as abrasion areas. When teeth grind hard against each other year after year, they flex at the gum line and the enamel (which ends thinly at the gum line) microfractures away. The end result is an area at the gum line that you can catch your fingernail in and may get extremely sensitive to touch and/or cold.

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Exposed root surface and advanced abrasion areas.
5. Loose teeth
Teeth Loosen because of the "rocking" back forth that occurs. The best analogy is the example of getting a fence post out of the ground by rocking it back and forth.
6. Periodontal pockets (loss of supporting bone around the teeth).
Sometimes instead of the tooth getting loose, there may be a generalized horizontal loss of supporting bone and/or localized areas of bone loss.
7. Bony ridges (tori)
Instead of losing bone support - some people actually form "extra" bone to support the teeth (this appears as bony ridges that can be seen and felt on the jaw bones as a smooth raised area about at the level of the roots.
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Lower jaw showing extra bone in the "floor" of the mouth by the tongue.
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Cheeks pulled back and the ridge along
and above the upper back teeth.

Cheek irritation - A ridge or line of fibrosed (toughened) tissue on the inside of the cheek that corresponds to where the teeth come together. Sometimes a person will actually bite themselves along this line (especially in the most posterior molar area).
9. Sore muscles (especially in the cheek and temple area) When these two muscles are overused. They may get sore - just like when you over exercise, your other muscles get sore.

10. Headaches (especially upon waking in the same muscle areas mentioned above).
Instead of soreness, the muscle aches will appear as a headache.
11. TMJ problems (jaw joint pain / soreness / etc
The jaw joint may be over loaded and resulting problems occur.

These signs take time (usually decades of years) to show themselves.

Does everyone show every problem? No they don't, we are all very different. Some of us will exhibit none of these problems (thank your genetic code for that), some of us will exhibit severe problems (curse your genetic code for that). So any combination, or NO problems may exist for any one person.

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Treatment of Bruxism
There are a number of ways to treat bruxism. Your dentist will determine which single treatment or combination of treatments is right for you. When stress is the major cause of bruxism, people need to find ways to relax. People who have difficulty handling stress may need to seek counseling or the dentist may prescribe muscle relaxants to relax jaw muscles. To help alleviate muscle pain, physical therapy may be needed.

It would be logical to think that an acrylic nightguard is simply a piece of plastic used to cover and prevent the teeth from coming together while sleeping at night. This is true - BUT - most importantly, when in place it provides a correct bite so that muscles will relax and problems in a persons bite will not trigger the bruxing action. Making and delivering nightguards correctly is very important. A point needs to be made that tooth wear still slowly occurs when using a nightguard. The reason for this is that a person (especially severe bruxers) will clench and very slightly grind during the day time when their guard is not being worn.

A nightguard is NOT a solution, rather a method of greatly decreasing the damage caused by bruxing. It is possible to alter a bite so that a guard may not be needed - the method varies from case to case.

The following tips can be helpful to prevent grinding:
bullet To help break the habit, place reminders around the house, or try repeating phrases that help you relax.
bullet To help relax clenching muscles, apply a warm wash cloth to the side of your face.
bullet To relieve stress, cut down on caffeine, take warm baths and ease up on yourself.

Because it is thought that an abnormal bite may predispose a person to grinding, treatment may involve removing the "high spots" of a tooth. Another treatment involves wearing a plastic mouth guard at night to prevent tooth grinding. A bite plate is a removable plastic device which prevents teeth from coming together. In some cases , such as with an overbite, it may eventually improve the bite. A method used to treat the damage caused by more serious cases of grinding involves reshaping or reconstruction of the biting surfaces with crowns or inlays.

Grinding is a common occurrence among many people at some time or another. If you develop facial pain, fatigue or other problems, treatment may be needed. Talk with your dentist if you suspect that you are grinding your teeth. We will help relieve you from the daily grind of bruxism.

Uthman B
If you do it in your sleep, try mouth guards. Otherwise, i don't know what to say.

I don't believe you can stop. Even when I'm not stressed I still gnash and grind. You need a nightguard from your dentist/orthodontist pronto. The longer you wait the more damage your teeth will have done to each other. I didn't even realize I was doing it until my dentist noticed the wear and asked me about it. And then I started getting headaches and I couldn't eat cold food without getting toothaches. Just need to get a nightguard made. Smaller than a retainer and they just fit on the top teeth and don't even cover the tooth. I've been wearing mine for the past two years, hoping one day the gnahsing would go away. Stress triggers it. Good Luck! Also don't buy the cheap mold to your mouth ones. They are way too large and bulky. Waste of money. Go have a proffessional one made!

i went to my dentist and got a mouth shield i wear at night not attractive but it really helps wear on my teeth and jaw being sore....

well i don't about during the day but you can go almost anywhere like walmart and such and buy a night(mouth)gaurd so that you dont do it when you sleep.

dorkus maximus
Many ppl grind their teeth at night, it's normal and occurs in people and other animals. Occurence varies with stress level and depth of sleep, but there's no reliable way to stop it. Would not recommend medical options unless it is giving you physical problems (like TM joint problems, chewing problems, or pain).

Probably the easiest thing you can do is to get yourself a mouth/teeth guard for sleeping. You can get one from a dentist/orthodonist or a generic one from a pharmacy store. It will seem uncomfortable for a little bit, but once you are used to it, it'll make that teeth grinding much less of a problem.

I grind my teeth at night and constantly clench my jaw during the day. I have found that wearing a NightGuard while I sleep is extremely helpful. This device is a plastic piece that fits around your upper teeth and is actually quite comfortable if you are careful to form it correctly. It relieves the pain and pressure from grinding. They are about 18 dollars a piece and last for about 3-6 months. You can find them in the toothpaste isle at Target or any department store. Teeth grinding can be very harmful to your teeth enamel and jaw, so it is also a good idea to talk to your dentist about any concerns you have. Hope this helps!

Josh B
If you go to the dentist he will tell you the best way to keep from grindig your teeth at night is to wear a mouth gaurd before you go to sleep.

Mary O
You can go to the dentist and talk to him about it and get a mouthgaurd and i think drug stores carry something for it.

They actually make a mouth guard type thing designed for people who grind your teeth. I was having jaw problems a few years ago and my dentist told me it was because I was grinding my teeth in my sleep and gave me one, which I wore for a couple of months and now I don't do it. When you're awake you just have to be concious of you're doing it and make yourself stop. But really the mouth guard is great it retrains your mouth not to do it.

you can go to your dentist and get a nightguard. I think they have cheap ones at some drug stores.

You go to your dentist and let him know this. You could wear a night gaurd during the day and night and when you eat you can take it out. Griding causes discomfort. You don't want any discomfort. It really hurts.

Hannah C
There are little things you can buy that you out over your teeth to prevent you from grinding them.

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