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What can you do to help stop teeth grinding caused by stress?

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Your dentist may recommend a night guard, worn as you sleep, or another appliance to help you stop or curb your grinding. During the day, try to keep your teeth slightly apart when you're not eating.

SOURCES:

Carol Gomez Summerhays, DDS, San Diego dentist.

David Cochran, past president, American Academy of Periodontology; professor and chairman, department of periodontics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

American Dental Association: "Common Mouth Sores."

Hugo, F.   June 2006. Journal of Periodontology,

Rosania, A.   February 2009. Journal of Periodontology,

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)."

Elter, J.   April 2002. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Carol Gomez Summerhays, DDS, San Diego dentist.

David Cochran, past president, American Academy of Periodontology; professor and chairman, department of periodontics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

American Dental Association: "Common Mouth Sores."

Hugo, F.   June 2006. Journal of Periodontology,

Rosania, A.   February 2009. Journal of Periodontology,

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)."

Elter, J.   April 2002. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 7, 2019

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