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  • Anybody have tmj?

    Does anybody here have tmj or grind their teeth at night? If so, what do you do to help deal with it?
    Littlegirllost

  • I grind my teeth at night and have since I was about 4 years old. It has shown serious enamel damage and chipping on the bottom part of my teeth. I've never really taken care of it, but my dentist said you can either get a prescription night mouth guard molded to your mouth, or just go buy a cheaper one at Walgreens or any drug store. They are still about 20 bucks. It will help you with preventing further damage.

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    • if you are worried about any problem solve it.don't be tensed.keep your mind cool.see a psychiatrist.they will solve your problem because they occur due to some psychological problems.

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      • I have TMJ. I clench my teeth together when I am stressed and out of habit. I went to a E.N.T and he said the rule of thumb is to never let your teeth touch! NEVER!!! He said that he used to clench his teeth to out of habit and he had to train himself not to do it. NEVER TOUCH YOUR TEETH TOGETHER!! Keep that in mind every day.

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        • Hello, everyone. Several friends who have TMD have recently asked me how I've been successfully solving my terrible TMJ problem -- not 100 percent,but at least 90 percent solved. Also, my number one resolution for the new year is to give back more, and I've been thinking about starting a thread on this topic for while now. I hope it is helpful to at least someone out there.

          Anyway, here's my situation: For the past 15 years or so, I've been grinding my teeth every night, and now most of the facets are ground down. And I had really loud clicking in my jaws, and sore jaw muscles in the morning. Then I started trying the best suggestions that I could find in dozens of books, Internet postings, and also trying just about every product available. I even went to a fancy TMJ specialist, and spent almost $4000 for a year and a half of splint therapy, which just made me worse (and a lot poorer...).

          Some things worked really well, some were useless, and some seem to last a little while, and then fade out. During the past six months or so, I've been following a treatment plan that I think combines the best of everything that I've learned, and I feel like I'm on the right path, with a lot less pain and clicking than years ago. Here's what I've been doing, and I hope it works for the rest of you:

          1) I did everything I could to reduce the stress in my life. I used to work super long hours at an unappreciative company, and now I work from home. I make less than before, but it's worth it. I've also weeded out the "toxic people" in my life, and then made a big difference, especially for just one individual.
          2) I exercise every single day, and do a full stretching routine. Even when I don't feel like exercising, I force myself to do it anyway, and I'm glad I did, by the time I'm finished.
          3) To try to stop the grinding at night, I tried a bunch of regular splints, but all I did was grind the splints. Then I tried a product called Grind-alert (or something like that), but it wasn't any good because it kept slipping off my forehead. I'm now using something called an Oralsensor, which attaches to my ear (instead of wrapping around the forehead), and it works a lot better. I've only had a couple mornings where I wake up and find that the device has fallen off, but I plan on keeping trying it. It costs about $200, so unless you're grinding at night, don't bother.
          4) I don't eat hard candy or peanut butter anymore, and I soak all nuts and seeds before eating them. Do it in your fridge, else some seeds can go weird or start sprouting -- sunflower seeds especially. Of course, some people may want to try sprouting. In that case I recommend alfalfa or black beans.
          5) I do everything I can now to have a more positive attitude about life. Spending more time with family and friends, seems to help. But the biggest thing of all is not taking the good things in life for granted, and being grateful for what I have. I'm not sure how much this is help the TMJ, but it sure makes a difference during the day, when I used to be miserable.

          That's the gist of it. There are some other things I've tried, such as massage and acupuncture, but those didn't help much, and the cost really added up.


          If anyone out there tries this program for at least a few months, please post your results here -- positive or negative -- so we can all learn and perhaps refine this into something that will work for a lot of people. I used to think that a doctor or dentist would be able to give me a quick fix, but I've learned that it's more a long-term management problem, not something that can be fixed overnight.

          Anyway, best of luck everyone, and happy holidays!

          -Nancy

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          • Nancy2008, thank you for the information. I am trying to purchase the oralsensor but can't find it anywhere. Do you know where I can buy one or a simiar product? If you happen to know of any similar products could you post the names? Tx

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            • I actually just went to the Dentist today and found out about some more about how to take care of my TMJ.
              1. Don't ever chew gum, it makes the jaw ache terribly afterwards, even if the pain is not immediate.
              2. Get a mouth guard at the drugstore, b/c there is no reason to get an expensive one. The $20 one is pliable and after you soak it in hot water, you put it in your mouth to shape it to fit.
              3. No BJ's---May not be applicable for everyone, but for those girls w/TMJ that have bf's who want them, just say no! It is terrible for your mouth because you have to keep it wide open for so long.
              4. The best thing you can do is try to remain stress free. Tell yourself that regardless of what is going on, there is no need to worry. Stop worrying and start planning ahead to prevent problems from happening. Not all problems are preventable, but still, don't worry; change your focus to problem-solving and you'll be much better off.
              5. Try to avoid really crunchy foods and especially gooey candies like sugar daddies. Those of us w/TMJ have weakened jaw muscles and joints, so it is like punishing yourself when you eat these things.

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