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Teeth Grinding and ME/CFS

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:29pm
For some time now I have thought that my upper and lower set of front teeth were becoming loose. On my last visit to the dentist I mentioned it to him. He said they didn't feel unduly 'wobbly' and that teeth are meant to move slightly, so I shouldn't worry. Still I was concerned as they often move when I chew - to the point that I have to chew more on one side - the less 'wobbly' side.

I have always worried about losing my teeth. From an early age I've had vivid dreams where they would loosen, crumble in my mouth and fall into thousands of tiny pieces on the floor. Apparently these type of dreams are associated with stress, so I'm told. When I visited the dentist a few weeks ago I mentioned again that I was concerned about them as my teeth grinding had worsened. Low and behold, my dear dentist said "Oh, this one is loose!" I wanted to say 'I told you so!' but thought better of it.

He took x-rays of the tooth in question and said that the bone was undamaged but the pocket had 'stretched' somewhat because of the tooth grinding. He said he had never seen anything like it except in text books. I must be kicking quite a punch with my grinding. Fortunately, if I wear a nightguard to protect my teeth during sleep, the pocket should shrink back to its normal size and tighten up again. So I am having one fitted next week.

I have posted a poll on this very subject (which you will find in the introductory section at the top of the blog) please take the time to complete it as it will be very interesting to see just how many of us are having to deal with tooth damage as a result of grinding, something that is very rarely mentioned in the medical books.
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