Is my anxiety making me grind my teeth?

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Hi, over the last few weeks I have noticed I seem to be clenching my jaw and grinding my teeth. Is this just my anxiety? Or have I always been doing it and only noticed now? My jaw used to always crack whenever I opened it, and is starting to crack again. Is it TMJ? I haven't been to the doctor about it, also, my mother has the same problem so could it be hereditary?

Thanks, Jack

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    Maybe best to go and see a dentist or a maxillary surgeon and get a tmj exam. Before you go and be sure they are tmj knowledgable. Way easier then guessing. Tmj can and does cause many strange and uncomfortable symptoms.
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    Hello Jack,

    I have actually just been to see a dentist about this. It sounds like anxiety, but when stressed you tend to grind or clench your teeth in sleep, often you won't notice. I was waking up with horrible tension headaches because of it!.

    Whenever I yawn as well, I was getting that cracking and popping noise, It's tension apparently and TMJ although it's nothing to worry about, it's worse when stressed! I have broken a toohth beause of it rolleyes

    My dentist has reccomended a night time guard to prevent further damage. It should ease the tension as well and stop the headaches / jaw ache all day!


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    If you are stressed people can clasp and grinde their teeth, this of course can cause damage to the enamel  o the tooth and somtimes loosen fillings, It also keeps people awake at nights.

    Talk to your dentist, there are ways I understand to protect the teeth it is an appliance that fits over the top of the teeth

    I do not thing grinding teeth is genetic.

    Good Luck


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    grinding the teeth is one of many symptoms to anxiety do it myself when i'm asleep have bitten my lip a couple of times aswell how do I know what I do when i'm asleep I hear you ask lol the wife kindly tells mecheesygrin   

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