Bruxism, or the habit of teeth grinding at night, is usually related to any type of forceful contact between the teeth, whether silent and clenching, or loud and grating. When teeth grinding occurs, the teeth can be damaged and other complications can arise.
Can bruxism be treated? Bruxism is usually related to stress, so some relaxation strategies, hypnosis or acupuncture may help. Also, there are some natural ways to help you with bruxism.
Dentist will probably diagnose bruxism if a patient tells him that he grinds his teeth. Due to that, dentist will suggest that a patient should wear a mouth guard at night. The best choice is to see a holistic practitioner or an alternative medical doctor. They can help you with some advice, or suggest that you need vitamins and minerals. That is because the deficiency in vitamins and minerals can provoke bruxism as well. This condition is not only present with adult people. Children can have bruxism as well. Frequency of bruxism in children is from 15 to 33 percent. Even though it seems that children are grinding their teeth more often, some children outgrow bruxism.
A mouth guard is one of the most recommended remedies for bruxism, but these guards cost a lot. Besides that, there are other ways to put an end to this condition and those are natural ways. Stress and anger are often the cause of bruxism. The best way to deal with teeth grinding is to reduce the level of stress and anger. There are some natural techniques that are helpful like biofeedback and vitamins in a combination with relaxation strategies.
Vitamin C, calcium and magnesium are connected with bruxism. If we don’t take enough of these nutrients it can lead to teeth grinding. Vitamin C is most important because it helps in reducing stress level. Chromium, L-Tryosine, melatonin, SAMe and zinc are minerals that could help too. Vitamin B5 and B complex vitamins are very good for our nerves and can help in stress reduction. Also you should examine level of sugar in your blood, because hypoglycemia can sometimes be the reason for bruxism.
The best way to stop grinding your teeth is to change your eating habits. Anything that has caffeine is not recommended. Alcohol is increasing the intensity of bruxism so it should be excluded. Also, chewing pencils, pens or even chewing gums can increase grinding habit. Another advice in resolving this problem is to relax jaw muscles and to try to stop with grinding by putting your tongue between your teeth. You should do that every time you notice that you are clenching.