Medications that Cause Teeth Grinding

Have you ever heard of medications causing an individual to grind their teeth?

– Pamela in Nevada

Pamela,

No one really knows the exact reason people grind or clench their teeth, however research suggest that the most common reasons are anger, stress, and anxiety. Over the years it has been discovered that certain medications can cause one to grind their teeth as well. Parkinsons Disease medications like Sinement CR Oral, Atapryl, Carbex, and Selegiline have been associated with teeth grinding. Another medication called Prolintane for patients with dementia and certain types of anti-depressant medications are also known to cause grinding or clenching. Stimulants like amphetamines which has some features found in Ecstasy, an illicit drug, can also cause one to grind. If you are taking these medications and are concerned that you may be grinding or clenching ask your dentist if he/she sees any signs of teeth wear. Your dental provider may recommend a night guard to prevent you from causing damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw joints.

Symptoms of Grinding or Clenching

  • Jaw Pain
  • Breaking or Cracking Teeth
  • Teeth Wear
  • Gum Recession
  • Headaches
  • Ear Aches

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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