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How do I prevent dental problems caused by grinding?

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Your dentist may suggest wearing a mouth guard for teeth grinding at night. Custom models made by your dentist cost more than over-the-counter ones, but they generally fit better and work better, too. Sometimes, it helps simply to be aware that you are grinding your teeth. If it is caused by stress, consider an exercise program or counseling.

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Richard Price, DMD, spokesperson, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums (Oral Hygiene)."

"Dental Products for Home Use."

WebMD: "Sipping Soda Through a Straw May Cut Cavities."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Richard Price, DMD, spokesperson, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums (Oral Hygiene)."

"Dental Products for Home Use."

WebMD: "Sipping Soda Through a Straw May Cut Cavities."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

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