Stress all day, gnash all night

Stress all day, gnash all night

There are 63 comments on the News Observer story from Jan 18, 2006, titled Stress all day, gnash all night. In it, News Observer reports that:

Daily life tells in our clenching jaws and grinding teeth Julie Davidow , Seattle Post-Intelligencer Ken Foote clenches his jaw so hard while sleeping, he has cracked two teeth.

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Jason

Victor, NY

#41 Nov 7, 2008
I too am interested in hearing what polypus has to say. I am new to grinding but have been fitted for a nightguard that protect my teeth but doesn't stop the grinding. I am going to try the nose plug thing...
sad_bruxer

Singapore, Singapore

#42 Nov 8, 2008
Guys, ive been trying something out and it seems to be working.
Apparantly there have been reports that magnesium in your diet might help in relaxing the muscles.
Im taking food grade epsom salts stirred with hot water. It will have a laxative effect on you as the salts ultimately end up 'relaxing' the muscles at your rear. lol. If you get diarrorea, reduce the amount of salts for the next day. Perhaps in 2-3 weeks you can put on your guards and see if any marks are formed from grinding.
sad_bruxer

Singapore, Singapore

#43 Nov 8, 2008
You guys can do your own research first by googling magnesium, grinding, bruxsim, etc.

Epsom salts are cheap and can be bought from your pharmacists with no prescription.

Its primary purpose is for foot baths to help relax the muscles in your body as it seeps into the soles of your feet ala plant osmosis.

Good luck guys and I hope Im not fooling myself cause it seems to be working for me.:D
Tess

Downers Grove, IL

#47 Aug 13, 2009
I used NTI for about a year and not only did it mess up my jaw more, but it totally threw off my bite and now my front teeth don't touch anymore. Dangerous little piece of plastic.
Nose plug works, it just dries out my mouth and I keep waking up to drink water and then have to go to the bathroom.
What's up with Charles Harrison?
Rene

Tucson, AZ

#48 Oct 16, 2009
Hello, I have been researching the bruxism a lot, seems like this forum is one of the best.. I have been grinding my teeth for 30 years and now my gum is all screwed up (since I use a mouth guard). My 5 year old daughter is doing it too, so now I need to find a cure.

I am tempted to buy Charles Harrison book for $37. Any recommendations?
Zhakallo

Tucson, AZ

#49 Oct 21, 2009
Polypus where are you???

Keywords:
Bruxism, bruxismo, mouthguard, mouth guard, grinding, grind, teeth, TMJ
anne

Skövde, Sweden

#50 Mar 22, 2010
hi!
I also have big problem with bruxism. At the moment i use a splint. I also eat inositol, and enzymes that helpis breaking down the foods. Bi pollen is also good. At the end of the week I´m going to try b6 and niacin. calcium and magnesium doesen´t help me.
cindy dumas

Mountain Home, ID

#51 Aug 5, 2010
I responded to someone else with this issue about what helped me. After trying everything suggested by doctors or anyone who purported to know about grinding; I started to use bile salts for a different issue I was having and after years of day and night grinding, I no longer have the issue. I tested the product for 6 months, on and off to see if this was what stopped the grinding and after a few days off of the bile salts, the grinding came back. This may not be your problem solver but if you're like me then you will try anything. I happened to find out by accident. Biles salts are enzymes produced by the body but I needed an oral supplement. It's over the counter and I did discuss it with my doctor to make sure it was safe. Talk to your doctor about it and see if it can help. Good Luck!
Mike

Minneapolis, MN

#52 Sep 29, 2010
I been using a NTI on an off for a few months. I too think it may make it worse. My back molars can still reach each other so need an adjustment. Week after I started using NTI I developed burning mouth syndrome. Coincidence I don't know, but I wish that on no one. Will try nose plug. Thanks
Jacki61

UK

#53 Nov 1, 2010
Hi, this looks like an American site. Not much info on English sites. I have major sleep issues since childhood. I walk, talk, grind, have horrific nightmares, lash out if someone tries to wake me. Takes me hours to get to sleep and then of course Im tired in the morning and cant get up.
I have had a hard plastic night-guard, which I chewed to pieces within a week. I then had a rubber guard which I would hide during my sleep without waking, until I hid it so well I never found it again! In recent years I have tried the rubber guard again, only to find I was removing it in my sleep and placing on my nightstand. Today I went to the dentist and he wants me to have gold-plating and a titanuim guard at a cost of in excess of £3000. Out of the question as I only earn £600 pcm! I like the idea of the swimming plug. Iwill buy one tomorrow. Does anyone know if that actually works? Any other hints would be much appreciated. Thanks
Effective Biofeedback

Melbourne, Australia

#54 Apr 16, 2011
Hi Everyone,

I suffer from extreme bruxism. I've used alot of treatments.

Recently I've obtained relief from a biofeedback device. http://www.grindcare.com/en/

It measures and detects bruxism from you temporalis muscle.

Every time you brux, it releases an electric pulse and this causes the muscle to relax. you stop grinding. This doesn't wake you up so you can sleep well. In the morning you ought to wake up from a good nights sleep and with less pain

It keeps count of the number of times a night this happens, the treatment should over time cause you to "unlearn the habit". And the data the device generates should eventually show your bruxism trending downwards.

I've been in pain for so many years and this has been the only thing that has consistently helped (by about 30-40% pain reduction). I've only used it for 3 months.

The problem is that the device is expensive, around $1000US. It only has European distribution, so getting it from overseas is tough. I live in Melbourne so it can be done.

When I first started I was cautious and skeptical, but the evidence backed it up and I took a risk. It worked. I hope to spread the good news so that more people can get relief. If the product is successful, and it deserves to be, there will finally be a reliable treatment for bruxism.
toothless

UK

#56 Dec 15, 2011
The comments on here have been very helpful, I have cracked a back tooth so badly from grinding it has to be removed which is pretty devastating. I have tried mouth guards but they are annoying and apparently have not saved my tooth. I am interested in the botox and have recently tried tai chi which I loved so will give that a go. I'm an opera singer so blocking my nose I think would be very drying on my vocal cords! Anyone who has tried the botox please give feedback.
elen

Athens, Greece

#57 Feb 3, 2012
cmcancelli wrote:
While I found your article informative, it wasn't big on alternatives to a mouth guard. I too, have been through several expensive ones, and the pain in my jaw and teeth are now threatening my ability to function normally - eating, sleeping, etc.
Any other suggestions besides botox, and anti-depressents (which can actually cause bruxism)?
Sincerely,
Christine Szolkowski
Hello,
I ve been grinding and clenching my teeth like a maniac for 5 years now during the nights and even during the day when i m stressed. i ve destroyed over 4 (!) mouth guards. The sudden death of my dad probably triggered that. I ve been living with horrible headaches for the last 5 years, i ve seen more than 10 dentists and specialists and spent a fortune, yet no one was able to help me. I wasnt able to live my life anymore because of that horrible pain, it affected my personal life, my health (abuse of painkillers) and my career as well. One month ago my most recent mouth guard cracked and i went to a dentist recommended to me by a friend to get a new one. After examining me carefully and diagnosing a jaw misallignment (the only teeth that actually have contact which each other in my mouth are my wisdom teeth!! so when grinding my teeth ALL the ''force'' instead of being equally distributed to all teeth applies to the joint causing me 3time the pain and trouble) The dentist said that a traditional mouth guard wont help in my case, as i will continue grinding my teeth and straining my jaw joint. He reccomended a mouth guard that covers the 2 front teeth only, it looks like rabbit teeth. This way i wont be able to clench my back teeth when i sleep and the brain will get the signal that is it bad for the back teeth to have contact, so hopefully i will stop tighening my jaw muscles during the day also.
It s been 2 weeks since i m wearing the new mouth guard now and i ve already seen impovement, 15 days without painkillers, it looks like a miracle to me.
I highly reccomend anyone who suffers from bruxism and tjm to consider this method.
And the most important of all, which i didnt do early enough, get behind the reason WHY you re clenching your teeth, cure your problem from the root.
Monica

Vancouver, Canada

#58 Mar 19, 2012
Did have you crown(s) that were too big put on your tooth shortly before the symptoms began? Also a filling that is too high will cause problems too.It doesn't take much for your jaw to go out of alignment and for you to start grinding your teeth becasue the jaw is trying to find a comfortable resting postion.
Charlie B

Barrie, Canada

#59 Apr 11, 2012
Courtney wrote:
I have been using the NTI nightguard for a week now, and have been experiencing worse pain than before (only now the pain is in my front teeth... not back) I have an appt to have it readjusted to see if that helps, but I was wondering if anyone else is having the same problem? I can't find any negative remarks for the NTI.. I'm hoping it's just a "fit" issue... even if it seems to "fit" just fine. I feel that I may just be clenching too hard...
NTI was awful. Pain moved to front of my face. I just started clenching front teeth with horrible pain up sides of my nose and into my eyes. No solution, my next move is a nose plug.
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New Delhi, India

#60 May 24, 2012
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Mary

Pahoa, HI

#61 Jun 26, 2012
My son also suffers from bruxism and we can't seem to get a handle on it. You should see his teeth. He must be so stressed of intensly grinding his teeth at night. They literally are all the same length and have no jagged edge on them at all. He never wears his mouth guard. We have him put it in his mouth when he goes to sleep but he seems to take it out in his sleep. I read a few articles about this on a site called www.teethcenter.com but I wanted to get some insight on here too. Help!
Terry Tibbs

Birmingham, UK

#62 Dec 11, 2012
I've been suffering from bruxism for a few years and have not found a cure...yet. My excessive grinding caused one of my jaw muscles to become bigger than the other, as my jaw was not correctly aligned. I've used several soft mouth guards- which I chewed holes through in a matter of weeks! The NTI, which as mentioned before, shifted the pressure onto my front teeth = ineffective. Six Botox injections - the most effective in terms of reducing my facial abnormality, but not a cure, as teeth grinding returned my muscular imbalance in a matter of months. I've now been fitted with a specialized hard mouth guard to prevent my bite from changing position, and to also protect my teeth. However, this does not completely stop me from clenching my teeth, and therefore my muscular imbalance has returned.

Whilst sleeping, I have noticed that I am sucking all the air out of my mouth- like an airtight vacuum- resulting in me only breathing out of my nose. So, like polypus, I thought about altering this by wearing a swimming clip on my nose to make me breath through my mouth. I've yet to try this method though, as I have a niggling feeling that I may not wake up- maybe like Polypus. Regardless, I'm going to attempt it, and if I don't post on this forum again... then you can be sure I've perished trying to find a cure for this terrible condition.
One small step for man... one giant leap for a decent nights sleep.
Jason

Naperville, IL

#63 Apr 5, 2013
Terry Tibbs wrote:
I've been suffering from bruxism for a few years and have not found a cure...yet. My excessive grinding caused one of my jaw muscles to become bigger than the other, as my jaw was not correctly aligned. I've used several soft mouth guards- which I chewed holes through in a matter of weeks! The NTI, which as mentioned before, shifted the pressure onto my front teeth = ineffective. Six Botox injections - the most effective in terms of reducing my facial abnormality, but not a cure, as teeth grinding returned my muscular imbalance in a matter of months. I've now been fitted with a specialized hard mouth guard to prevent my bite from changing position, and to also protect my teeth. However, this does not completely stop me from clenching my teeth, and therefore my muscular imbalance has returned.
Whilst sleeping, I have noticed that I am sucking all the air out of my mouth- like an airtight vacuum- resulting in me only breathing out of my nose. So, like polypus, I thought about altering this by wearing a swimming clip on my nose to make me breath through my mouth. I've yet to try this method though, as I have a niggling feeling that I may not wake up- maybe like Polypus. Regardless, I'm going to attempt it, and if I don't post on this forum again... then you can be sure I've perished trying to find a cure for this terrible condition.
One small step for man... one giant leap for a decent nights sleep.
Did he died?? Just kidding and I sincerely hope not. Are you OK Terry? Did it help? I was thinking of trying this recently but had the similar concerns, at the very least afraid of killing any more brain cells by holding breath for extended periods before I finally (hopefully) wake up. Bite guards are making my teeth and jaw and facial structure incredibly sore and I have worn out and broken NTIs.
don74

UK

#64 Apr 20, 2013
HI polypus,

I see you posted this many years ago but i have siffered with bruxism for 10-15 years ! And tried everything(from yoga,hypnotherapy , anti anxiety medication, NTI and other mouth guards, GRindcare (quite helpful but not perfect. I have tried the nose plug and while it definitely cut down the physically clenching , I was feeling tired and it was really disturbing my sleep (I was waking up a lot)). Did you say this passes after a period of time?(I tried it for about 5 nights but some nights would wake up constantly . I'm willing to perservere if its worth it. If you read this 5 years on , are you still using the nose plug, does it work long term? I would relaly appreciate any advice

Thanks

Don74
Polypus wrote:
hi bruxer at your wits end,
when i had it really bad like you years ago, i elimnated my symptoms completely by
a) seeing a shrink
b) doing intensive tai-chi, i.e for hours every day (yoga might have similar effect)
c) cutting out ALL stimulants from diet, coffee, sugar, alchohol, smoking, etc., and generally eating very healthy home made foods
since i've stopped doing all of the above it has come back, but not quite as badly. the nose plug works pretty well for me, but tai-chi was the best.
good luck

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