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Teeth Grinding / Clenching

Can I please have some advice about how to aleviate the issues I have with sore neck and shoulder muscles and facial muscles, earake etc?

All advice would be greatly appreciated.
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replied August 10th, 2011
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You should first speak with your dentists about the problem. There are some dental appliances that one can wear at night to decrease the teeth grinding.

Otherwise, you need to evaluate the stress in your life, what is making you clench your teeth and grind them? It can also be a learned behavior, that something in the past make you do it, and you have just continued.

Good luck.
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replied August 11th, 2011
Ok thanks
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replied August 11th, 2011
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Bruxism, or grinding of the teeth, can cause dysfunction of the tempromandibular joints (TMJ), that will cause your earaches. The TMJs are just anterior to the external ear canal.

It can also cause tension in the neck and shoulder muscles. When patients do this, they tend to bend the neck back just a little and hunch the shoulders just a little, but hold them there for long periods of time.

Over time, this causes soreness in the neck, back, shoulder muscles, dental problems, and headaches.

So, the initial treatment of this is to have a dental evaluation. The dentist can fashion a dental appliance to keep you from grinding your teeth in your sleep. This often takes care of the problem.


However, if you feel that this is not a problem stemming from bruxism, then it is going to be a little more difficult to get to the bottom of it.

You can try a good deep massage to see it that take care of the problem, as you describe it as soreness. Other things that help with this are physical therapy, hot tub, relaxation techniques, biofeedback, stress reduction.


If it seems to be more in the joints, rather than the muscles, then you need to be evaluated by a physician, for evaluation of an inflammatory disorder.

Good luck.
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