teeth-clenching, teeth grinding and bruxism

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    Oct 16, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I'm getting a little worried because in the last month since I moved to Los Angeles, I've been catching myself clenching my teeth a lot on the freeway (stress, of course), and also while I am at work (which is strange, because I love my job and don't consider it very stressful). I've also been waking up with sore temples... meaning I've probably been clenching or even grinding in my sleep. Am I looking down the barrel of bruxism here?

    Any suggestions about what to do?
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    Oct 25, 2010 12:09 AM GMT
    If you've been clenching or grinding your teeth, you probably already have bruxism... Go see a dentist for a night guard... But on a pinch you can also get the non-prescription type in the oral care isle of your local drug store. They may not work as well as a custom fit guard from the doctor; but it's better than wearing down your teeth or in my case, turning the sides of my tongue into hamburger...

    I've also had to learn to consciously relax my jaw by making an exaggerated yawn to loosen the muscles in my lower face. These are just treating the symptoms, of course; if you can identifying the underlying cause of your stress, even better.

    Hope this helps.
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    Oct 26, 2010 3:14 AM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidHey guys,

    I'm getting a little worried because in the last month since I moved to Los Angeles, I've been catching myself clenching my teeth a lot on the freeway (stress, of course), and also while I am at work (which is strange, because I love my job and don't consider it very stressful). I've also been waking up with sore temples... meaning I've probably been clenching or even grinding in my sleep. Am I looking down the barrel of bruxism here?

    Any suggestions about what to do?


    Get a mouth guard. Your job might not be stressful, however, you tend to think about stressful situations when you are at ease.
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    Oct 26, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    lips together, teeth apart...... and Buspar if you need it :-)

    seriously, get a mouthguard for sleeping or your TMJs and teeth will hate you forever.
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    Nov 15, 2010 10:10 AM GMT
    Try the mouthguard. I had a slight problem with bruxism taking some BS medications for a month a short while ago and when I finally stopped the bruxism stopped also. I did have some rough area's on my teeth but they've since smoothed back out.

    This may be a bit personal, but are you taking any medications where bruxism is a side-effect? And it's been said already but stay away if at all possible from the anti-anxiety/anti-depressant medications that are used to treat it. They tend to cause more problems that solve them.
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    Nov 22, 2010 7:34 PM GMT
    take a few minutes every hour or so to consciously exhale fully, and then ask yourself what you were holding on to with that extra air and what you might be stressing about but not consciously. Also, mouthguard.
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    Nov 22, 2010 7:43 PM GMT
    I know - I tend to do this as well from time to time, but my biggest problem is when I am asleep. I do grind my teeth and clinch my jaw as a sleep, and I think part of it is due to stress and dreams. I haven't yet found a way to stop or mitigate my teeth grinding though icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 22, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidHey guys,

    I'm getting a little worried because in the last month since I moved to Los Angeles, I've been catching myself clenching my teeth a lot on the freeway (stress, of course), and also while I am at work (which is strange, because I love my job and don't consider it very stressful). I've also been waking up with sore temples... meaning I've probably been clenching or even grinding in my sleep. Am I looking down the barrel of bruxism here?

    Any suggestions about what to do?
    Your problem lies in your first sentence..

    I left LA (where I grew up) and never looked back.. ahhhh the sway of coconut palms in the breeze........................