What Is Bruxism?
The term Bruxism refers to the grinding of the teeth that so many people do, either out of habit or reflex. You will notice it when you see someone clenching their bottom and upper jaw together and you hear the constant grinding of the lower set of teeth along with the upper set. Although more commonly, Bruxism happens at night when someone is sleeping, it can be done during the day. Unfortunately not many people are aware that they are grinding their teeth until someone points it out to them.
Although this isn’t necessarily a serious medical problem, it can cause great damage to your teeth. It can affect anyone, and over the years if someone continues to grind their teeth on a regular basis, it can cause the teeth to loosen and become painful after time. You can even break your teeth or grind them into little stubs. From here, it can lead to jaw pain, headaches, abrasions in the mouth, and even earaches.
For someone who feels the jaw pain and the teeth pain, they might not know for sure if they are grinding their teeth. That is why you need to look for symptoms such as oversensitive teeth, tongue indentations, damage to the tooth enamel, and facial pain. The best way to make sure that you are or are not grinding your teeth is to make an appointment with the dentist. They can usually tell right away if you are a nighttime teeth grinder. You could also ask a person to spend the night and listen to see if you grind your teeth at any point in time. If you are feeling the pain in your teeth and jaw on a regular basis then it is important to get to the bottom of it, so that you can start on the right track to getting your teeth fixed.
People tend to have Bruxism because of stress, frustration, anger, anxiety, and tension, but it can also be because your teeth are not aligned properly, you could have bad posture, and even poor diet and your sleeping habits can cause Bruxism. You obviously want to catch Bruxism at its earliest before it gets so bad that you are in constant pain. There are actually a few different ways to treat Bruxism but your main goal in the beginning is to alleviate the pain and stop the teeth clenching.
You can start by getting a mouth guard to wear while you are sleeping or even away, to help stop the teeth grinding that you do when you aren’t aware of it. They may recommend surgery as well, but before you go that route, you may want to consider a more natural alternative for treating Bruxism. Stress management, and relaxation therapy are excellent for getting to the root of Bruxism, while there are certain herbal medicines that can help with the pain.
Herbal remedies also relieve tension and help you work on the emotional aspect of Bruxism. These natural remedies include St. John’s Wort, Passiflora Incarnata, and Lavender. You can also add Zinc, Arsenicum, and Phytolacca to your diet as well, which help with some of the pain you feel. The best way to combat Bruxism though is to work on the inner problem causing it so that you can stop grinding your teeth and feel much better about yourself.