Post # 1
Does anyone have any tips on how to stop grinding your teeth?
My dentist made me a mouthguard but it really grosses me out. When I take it out in the morning I will vomit (I have a bad gag reflex and the spit it just nasty!) Also I don’t really want to sleep next to my husband with this big clear thing over my teeth. He gets home and in bed after I do so what if he tries to initiate anything I feel so unattractive I couldn’t possible have sex with him with the mouthguard in.
I am desperate for suggestions? Please help!
Post # 3
I wear a mouthguard and unfortunately it’s the only thing that works (I still grind, but at least I’m not destroying my teeth). Mine is very small and just covers the top teeth. I won’t generally put it in if I’m planning on initiating anything 😉 but I don’t find mine disgusting… it could just be my gag reflex but maybe there’s a different style you can try.
Or maybe some other bees have non-mouthguard suggestions… I haven’t heard any in the years I’ve been dealing with this though. 🙁
Post # 4
I wear a mouthguard. I used to feel like it was very unnatractive and discusting but I realized that when I wear it I don’t get the bad headaches that I normally got. If you decide to try it out, before you go to bed brush your teeth and use some mouthwash this should help with the nastyness in the morning. If you husband wants to get intimate just take it out and put it in a case on your nightstand. My SO doesn’t have a problem with this at all, he actually jokes around and says that I could get in a hockey fight in my sleep and my teeth would be protected. hahaha.
If you don’t want to use it, I have heard that sometimes a chiropractor can help with it, but I have never tried it myself.
Post # 5
I think the mouthguard is all that works. You need to protect your teeth because constant grinding can wear down and eventually break your teeth. You don’t want to have crowns and dentures!
I still wear retainers at night for grinding/braces and I make sure to rinse them out and brush them before I sleep so there isn’t that much gross about them.
Post # 6
If you find an answer, please let me know! I have been grinding my teeth for the past few years and I am definitely doing some damage. In the mornings my jaw will be sore from all of the grinding I’ve done all night. I also have a mouthguard made by my dentist, which is good–it’s pretty small, hard plastic. I know it’s not sexy, but neither is cracking a tooth! Other than that I haven’t found any treatments.
I have thought about how relaxation techniques might help–like doing yoga, meditation, or deep breathing before bed. It was worse when I was in grad school and planning my wedding, so stress does seem to affect it.
Post # 7
The mouthguard is the only thing that is helping me. I have horrible TMJ from grinding my teeth, and my jaw still isn’t the same. My dentist told me that the main cause is stress. I’m apparently very stressed out since I’ve been grinding probably since about my wedding (over 3 years ago). But…the mouthguard really helps you not damage your teeth any longer. I know it’s unflattering, but it saves me from constant headaches and helps the sensitivity I have with my teeth.
Post # 8
@roxy821: How thick is your mouthgaurd? Does it fit on the top? Bottom? or Both?
My mouthgaurd is the only thing that helps with my TMJ. My first one was rather thick and fit on my top teeth. It would push my lip out really far, I couldn’t talk with it in, and was uncomfortable. After my dog ate it (if you have dogs, keep it in it’s case. They love these things) I had a new one made at a different office. It is super thin! Similar to those invisalign braces in thickness. It also fits on the bottom and when it is in you can’t even tell. I could actually wear it to work if I wanted to and no one would know.
If your gaurd is bothering you I’d suggest talking to your dentist and seeing if they could make you one differently or check around. I know there is more than one type of mouthguard out there and not every model is going to work for everyone.
Post # 9
I’m a grinder too. I refuse to wear a mouth guard because I can’t sleep with it in. It distracts me too much. I have noticed that my grinding is stress induced so I just find ways to destress before bed. I will take a hot bath or do something equally as relaxing and it usually takes care of the grinding.