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Defining the cause

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 18, 2006
  • 10:11 AM

Hello. My wife grinds her teeth at night almost constantly.

I've read that this can be caused by either stress or missaligned teeth/jaw. In our situation she has both of these problems (overbite and a very high stress job). What I want to know is if someone knows of a way to find out which of these issues is causing the teeth grinding.

I've always tried to reduce her stress as much as possible and am wondering if we should be seeking external stress-relief help or if the problem can simply be narrowed down to her overbite. Any thoughts on tests to determine what the causes are would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Hi friend, My name is amar and iam a dentist by profession but not allowed to practice now coz i have to clear my qualifying exam. As far i know the main eitiological factor contributing to teeth grinding is emotional stress and mal alignment of teeth plays a very minor role. This also comes in a nuerological disorder category by classification but need not worry as it is not a severe form or life threatning condition. Due to the hectic and busy life styles this condition is getting common these days and i have seen afew in last couple of months. I think a night guard is a treatment option for ur wife which can be fabricated by any dentist and taking some anti anxiety drugs after consultation of a GP would help her gradually to get rid of the problem eventually in a couple of months. I am really sorry to say that iam not a good presenter of this article but thought to provide some little information that may be handy for u. kind regards Amar B.D.S
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 19, 2006
    • 10:06 AM
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  • Hi Amar,I appreciate the advice, you have definitely given me something to start with. As a note; she has tried a night guard before but ended up chewing through it in about a month. If we would have to buy another one each month, this option wouldn't really be economically viable.James
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 19, 2006
    • 02:05 PM
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