Teeth Grinding - Cause

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Who is at risk for teeth grinding?

Anyone that has teeth can potentially grind their teeth. Anyone from small toddlers to the elderly and everyone in between can grind their teeth.

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Comment from: J, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 03

If you want to greatly reduce your teeth clenching and grinding make it a habit of sleeping on your back. If you are a side-sleeper (like I almost always was) or a stomach sleeper you will grind and clench your teeth. Why? Sleeping in such positions puts pressure on your jaw and misaligns it, whereas sleeping on your back your jaw will remain in a relaxed position. Daytime bruxism is the results of night bruxism because you are attempting to align your bite. Sleep on your back, and the consequences of bruxism will fade and likely vanish altogether. It works for me.

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Comment from: Stuart, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 03

As a practicing dentist for 30 years I have observed and studied the effects of bruxism daily. Only recently has the true cause of sleep bruxism been revealed. All the causes mentioned in many websites are merely precipitating factors. The cause is imbalance in oxygen exchange during sleep, causing a natural response. This results in the facial muscles going into spasm or cramp. The teeth bear the brunt of this severe muscle contraction. Attending controlled breathing therapy sessions and wearing a soft night guard are the best ways to manage this. Continually attributing bruxism to stress is scientifically incorrect. Gritting teeth when awake by determination is not the same and will never produce the severe forces that occur during sleep. I believe these are two different conditions, not the same.

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