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teeth clenching

Postby stephanini » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:13 pm

hello,

i know this is mentioned a lot, but i wondered if there was any other helpful advice out there....i know a lot of you will say to get a gum guard from the dentist, but there is something about that idea i really dont like...i find it unhygienic (yes i know you clean and sterilise etc) and unsexy (id hate my hubby to roll over to kiss me and realise i had my gum guard in lol)

i find myself squeezing my teeth together, not grinding, just squeezing so hard that i cause pain in my temples, ears, jaws and neck
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Re: teeth clenching

Postby loubie » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:18 pm

i have this problem
but its in the day, i have to tell myself to stop doing it :roll:
at night :dunno: :dunno:

do it real bad in the morning getting out of bed :yikes:
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Re: teeth clenching

Postby stephanini » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:12 pm

im doing it 24/7... :(

i though that now im more aware of it, it would be more controlable...but its quite the opposite....Grrrr
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Re: teeth clenching

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:31 pm

I've had this problem, as well as the teeth grinding thing as well. I tried a guard thing to be worn at night, but kept grinding my way thru it, even tho it was strengthened :shock: :shock: Mine seems to ease off when things aren't too manic or stressed. Not sure what to suggest apart from the guard thing, maybe have a word with your dentist, see if they have any suggestions :?: :?: :dunno: :dunno: Alternatively, go for the guard and when hubby becomes a pain in the backside, make him think you're going to kiss him, then staple his lips together with it :wine: :wine: :wine: :wine: :wine:
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Re: teeth clenching

Postby stephanini » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:46 pm

haha thanks fluffy
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Re: teeth clenching

Postby nutty1 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:10 pm

yes i do it alot but thought it was with the dystonia :dunno: :clap: :clap: :clap: love your answer flup
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Re: teeth clenching

Postby sleepyrich » Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:07 am

I'm sure I posted something about this to you on another thread.

The good thing is you are aware that you are clenching, now you can do something about stopping it.

A gum shield is ok for a temporary solution if you are having an unusally stressfull period but they can also cause you other problems if they aren't well fitting and you use them too long. You are getting very close to developing a Temporomandibular joint disorder http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporomandibular_joint_disorder if you haven't allready.

Your best bet is to chillax, stop stressing and go and let off some steam :wine: use your awareness of your clenching to evaluate day to day situations, when you feel your face tightening up start breathing deeply and counting to 10 as you inhale through your nose and out through your mouth, try that for a few days and you will start to see stress before feeling it which is much more pro active. you will also notice the pain starts to subside. :goodluck1:

Also if you conciously apply a gradual firm pressure on your back teeth you can feel which muscles go tense first, if those muscles hurt then every time your back teeth touch those muscles will fire off and go tight, try and keep the tip of your tongue gently pressed between your top and bottom front teeth to help you keep your teeth apart, and your jaw in a relaxed position. I predict you will find this a bit of a challenge for the first few days but it does start to feel natural.
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Re: teeth clenching

Postby stephanini » Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:28 pm

Thank you sleepyrich...i think you have just diagnosed me!!!

ive complained of ear/jaw/neck ache to the doctor,but just quickly, i think i need to go and see if i can point her in the direction of TMJD and see what she thinks...

i get most of the symptoms, and have known for a while that something wasnt right
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Re: teeth clenching

Postby sleepyrich » Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:46 pm

You are probably better off speaking to a dentist about it too, its a dentist that would set you up with a splint but a good dentist will also tell you your better off dealing with the trigger of the stress which is causing your pain rather than dealing with the symptoms, but then thats back out of the hands of the dentist again.

Another way I found to help deal with my mental stress was to write a list of jobs to do, just little things that I kept putting off or completely forgetting about until I remembered again. Deal with the list as quickly as possible and you should notice the weight being lifted off your mind. My list consited of things like cancel a subscription, hang a picture, do work sheets... basically I think my list consisted of everything I couldn't be bothered to do when I should have done there and then when it started to become an issue.

A simple way I look at it is I imagine I have a clock spring in my face (face muscles) and I have a big wind up key in my back like a clock work toy, every wind up I get the clock spring gets tighter and tighter until the surrounding structure can no longer hold it in its correct place (jaw muscles and tendons). Thats when something gives and in my case the disc in my left side popped out and slid forward. Apparently the pain has been described as equal to giving birth just for much longer.
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Re: teeth clenching

Postby stephanini » Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:54 pm

its really weird because i feel a lot less stressed than i have felt in weeks...but im guessing it is deffo stress...it must be deep within me lol

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Re: teeth clenching

Postby Ellen Tracey » Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:26 pm

I do the teeth clenching thing all the time and dont realise im doing it, i went to dentist and she reffered me to hospital where i was given a mouth guard and some excercises to do!

I found the mouthguard quite uncomfortable and unless i was exhausted i just couldnt fall asleep with it in! but to be honest i think it is the only solution to the problem! Apart from de-stressing and relaxing (easier said than done with bad pain etc)

The specialist said my jaw joint wasn 't damaged and said the problem was muscular, then he saw me again and checked me again and said it was muscular and i didnt need to see him again..... :dunno:

So that was that.

Hope you feel better soon, im thinking of yoga classes mainly for the relaxation side of things, i just seem so tense all the time :facepalm:

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Re: teeth clenching

Postby sleepyrich » Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:26 am

From what I can make out, TMJd is as much as a mystery in the same way as fibromyalgia is.

However there are people that get TMJd from various other causes for example missing teeth so until the dentist concludes its muscles then its worth having the dentist investigate.
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