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chenching of teeth and grinding during the day

By Anonymous December 27, 2014 - 6:58am
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i clench my teeth continuosly during the day, and this has taken away my peace of mind
I have tried everything pls advise what to do
now i hv startd taking acupuncture - today is my 3rd day but no any changes
can somebody tell me if acupuncture can help and how many sessions will it take to really see some results

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Dear Geraldo,

Yes, anxiety can definitely be a cause for grinding your teeth! Much like how people bite their nails when they are under stress or experiencing anxiety.

You could try herbal supplements to help curb the anxiety or talk to your physician about medication options.

Anxiety and depression is not something that should be taken lightly...look at Robin Williams for example.

The clenching of your teeth can cause permanent damage to your jaw and other dental problems down the road. 

It sounds like you are trying to fix your condition and so I wouldn't give up on Acupuncture and also talk to your doctor-you shouldn't have to live with anxiety and depression when there are ways to curb the symptoms and manage it in a healthy way.

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December 30, 2014 - 12:34pm
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Anonymous (reply to kristincaliendo)

Hello Kristen

Thank for your mail

Today is the 7th day of acupuncture, but still i have no relief, my jaw keeps on grinding all the time during the day, its difficult for me even to speak since the teeths are pressed against each other, I just dont know where i can get relief or any medication that can just stop this grinding of the teeeth, i use a mouth guard all the time and just try to chew some chewing gum to support the action of the grinding, here the doctors seems of very little help, or dont seems to understand te suffering that one goes thru. I have got some cut on the inside of my mouth, due to the grinding which makes it even worse

Do you know if anybody suffers this sickness, will it go.?. or is this sickness related to some other sickness which is not being treated.

Pls advise



December 31, 2014 - 1:45am

Dear Anon,

I am glad that you have taken action to try and relieve your teeth clenching symptoms (otherwise known as Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um) A condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth.)

I can't tell you exactly how many acupuncture treatments will resolve your condition- although some people will respond well to only one treatment, more are often necessary. The frequency of treatment and number of treatments needed is related to the patient's condition.

Generally, the longer the patient has had the condition the longer the course of treatment will be before showing substantial and lasting results. Acupuncture can be scheduled as often as five times a week or as little as once a month.

Typically, in China, patients are treated two to five times a week. Although some patients respond favorably after only one or two treatments, others may not respond even until the ninth visit. As symptoms improve fewer visits are required.

A client should discuss his or her treatment program with the Acupuncturist, as each individual case is unique.

Anon, stick with it and don't give up! Be sure to ask your Acupuncturist for a detailed treatment program so you know what to expect. The alternative is to see your dentist who can make you  teeth guard, but that is costly and I am not sure you'd want to wear it during the day? Again, it is an alternative, but don't give up on trying Acupuncture.

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Best of luck,


December 27, 2014 - 9:14pm
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Anonymous (reply to kristincaliendo)

Hello Kristin

thank you for your advise much appreciated.

I have been suffering from severe anxiety streess depression for many years, i am not taking any medication. could this be one of the reason for my illness,

Thanks for your advse

Geraldo Fernandes

December 28, 2014 - 2:13am
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