10% of the adult population suffers from bruxism - some are mild and some are from severe symtoms. Many people does not even know that they have bruxism because they may have mild teeth grinding during sleep and they do it unconciously. Mouth guards are popular choices in treating bruxism, but there are effective home remedies that are more natural way of therapies to cure bruxism. Lets explore!
Common causes of bruxism
Research on bruxism is not very conclusive, but generally below are often cited as causes of bruxism:
- stress levels
- suppressed anger or frustration
- misaligned teeth
- growth of the teeth and jaws
- complications from diseases like Parkinson’s or Huntington’s
- certain type of parasitic infestation
- side effect of certain medications
Home remedies for bruxism
Continuous form of teeth grinding damages the teeth completely. This condition is very common among children but it is not only restricted to them. Therefore, it is best to treat then in early stages to avoid many painful days.
1. Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc supplements
Mineral deficiency, especially calcium and magnesium are one of the causes of bruxism. These minerals support and strengthen teeth strength. Calcium, magnesium and zinc are also staple supplements in every basic biomedical protocol for autism.
Teeth grinding can also be reduced or stopped by taking calcium and magnesium supplements every day. Both calcium and magnesium are necessary for muscle function and nervous system health.
2. Vitamin C intake
Vitamin C deficiency has shown to affect the production of adrenaline and noradrenaline, which in turn affects the nervous system and even causes stress. This will aid bruxism.
Foods such as bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwis, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas are rich in vitamin C. Also, you can take vitamin C supplements.
3. Himalayan rock salt
Idea behind consuming Himalayan rock salt is to increase your mineral intake. Himalayan rock salt, pink-coloured salt, is mined from the Himalayan mountains and contains 84 minerals.
Sole (pronounced so-lay) is well known traditional drink prepared by dissolving Himalayan rock salt in water, to the point of saturation.
4. Herbal tea before bed
Green tea and chamomile tea are the best herbal tea options for bruxism.
Warm herbal tea will have a relaxing effect on your body. So, drink a cup of herbal tea before going to bed. When you are relaxed from within, there is less chance that you will grind your teeth in your sleep. Plus, a warm cup of herbal tea promotes deep sleep and relaxes the facial muscles.
5. Consume mineral rich foods
As bruxism is linked to mineral deficiency, you should lookout for foods that are rich in minerals.
Milk and other dairy products — such as yogurt, cheese, and cottage cheese — are good sources of calcium. However, broccoli and dark green, leafy vegetables are also well known sources of mineral if you do not like dairy products.
6. Take valerian oil
Valerian herb is a perennial flowering plant and it is often used as an alternative medicine to cure insomnia. Valerian has muscle-relaxing properties that help you relax and enjoy deep sleep. When you sleep better, there is less chance of grinding your teeth.
You can either consume more of valerian essential oil or valerian tea.
7. Take lavendar tea
Lavendar can calm you, it has a relaxing effect on the body and therefore helps to sleep better. Lavendar tea can give calming and soothing effect on the nervous system due to its bioactive constituents.
You can drink lavendar tea once a day and also before going to bed.
8. Check for parasites
If your attempt to increase mineral rich food for a while has not yielded success in treating bruxism, then you many need to check for presence of parasites in your body. Anal itching, nightmares, mood swings, behavioural issues especially during full-moon periods, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea are some of the common symptoms of having parasites.
There are over-the-counter medicines to treat parasites and you can also go for herbal solution such as swallowing combination of black walnut and clove.
9. Use warm compress
Warm condition can sooth your jaws. Warmness can relax the jaw and the muscles of the mouth. You can apply a moist heat on the jaw area to prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
You can soak a washcloth in hot water and wring out the excess water. Then hold the moist washcloth around the jaw area for a while to get maximum relaxation.
10. Give a nice massage
Massage is one of the well known traditional therapy to calm and relax body as well as mind. Before going to bed you can give gentle massage the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and face in circular motion for a few minutes. That will relieve tension in the masticatory muscles.
11. Regular exercise
There is nothing like proper exercise regimen which can help to boost your health. Exercising will improve immune system and circulatory system functioning, which strengthen your ability to cope with stressful situations.
There is no one-best-exercise for treating your stress level and bruxism health condition. You can even take a walk in the garden or engage in some other mild exercise to help relieve some of the tension and stress that may cause teeth grinding.
12. Try pranayama (deep breathing)
Pranayama is one of the deep breathing exercise you can try for reducing stress.
Such breathing exercises will help you relax before going to bed. Deep breathing also eases tired muscles. The more relaxed you are, the less likely you are going to suffer from bruxism in your sleep.
13. Vitamin B5 supplement
Vitamin B5 is an important nutritional support for curing the bruxism condition. The nutrient in vitamin B5 helps treat a number of the common symptoms associated with bruxism and may even help reduce stress and hyperactivity.
You should take vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid as a dietary supplement each day. A common dose is 5-10mg.
14. Consume bone broth
Bone broths are extraordinarily rich in protein, and can be a source of minerals as well. Glycine supports the bodies detoxification process and is used in the synthesis of hemoglobin, bile salts and other naturally-occurring chemicals within the body.
There are many recipes available online to prepare delicious bone broths at home. So, just treat yourself!
15. Take Cell Salts
Homeopathy is known to treat many of the diseases if not all. Schuessler’s Cell Salts (also known as biochemic or tissue salts) are potentised micro-doses of 12 essential minerals.
Cell - meaning used on the cellular level
Salts - meaning mineral or minerals salts
Biochemistry is a science developed by Dr. Schussler to show how Cell Salts are utilized in the body. Also, Cell Salts are said to be safe for those with digestive problems. There are 12 different Cell Salts. Calc Phos, Calc Fluor and Nat Phos are 3 of the most commonly used cell salts for teeth and dental problems.