My boyfriend tells me that I grind my teeth in the night. What could be the reason for this and is it going to damage my teeth forever?
Grinding the teeth (bruxism) usually occurs at night but may be done unconsciously when awake. Often the cause is stress-related, so remove as much stress in your life as possible. If this continues it will abrade and wear down the teeth, any dental crowns and cause headaches and jaw stiffness. Wearing a plastic mouthpiece or biteplate at night will reduce the damage, but not cure the problem.
I have had an early menopause and I'm taking HRT, yet I still have hot flushes. Should I try a different dosage of HRT?
You could continue on your present HRT if it's suiting you, and then ask your GP about clonidine, a prescription drug that specifically addresses menopausal flushing. Clonidine is taken twice daily every day and has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of hot flushes, which as you know are terribly embarrassing!
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