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I am the Queen of Clenching and Grinding. My dentist referred me to an specialist to make my custom mouthguards and even HE is amazed at the amount of damage I am able to do. I'm in my late 30s and my front bottom teeth are about half the size they should be, with lots of exposed enamel, even though I have an assortment of guards I wear religiously, based on whether I need to be able to talk or not.
So two things:
1) If you do clench &/or grind, please protect your teeth even if you are trying other approaches. A mouthguard (I have no experience with the store-bought ones) is a small price to pay for saving your teeth. I'm sure within ten years I'll need crowns or something on many of my poor damaged teeth.
2) I would LOVE to hear from others with SEVERE bruxism about what natural approaches may help, other than "just try to relax," because that ain't happening.
And I just found this board so if it's been discussed before, I apologize.
And I just noticed the OP is a clencher, not a grinder, so my major concern there would be headaches and pain, rather than loss of tooth surface.
Trying to be a joyful Catholic wife and mama, and taking it one day at a time!