Bruxism / Teeth Grinding / Teeth Clenching
Before delving into homeopathic treatment let us first discuss the conventional or allopathic treatment available.
In modern medicine bruxism is treated by placing a removable custom fitted plastic appliance called a night guard between the upper and lower teeth. But the teeth clenching and grinding behavior continues as the root cause is not treated.
Anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs are prescribed to combat grinding of teeth / teeth clenching / bruxism which lead to many side effects.
A muscle relaxant may be prescribed. This may temporarily help ease the spasm in your clenched jaw. If a muscle relaxant doesn’t help, an allopath may inject botulinum toxin (Botox) directly into your jaw muscles to temporarily interfere with muscle contractions associated with bruxism. All these things are associated with many side effects and relieve the problem only temporarily. Continued use of these may cause misuse atrophy of the muscles i.e. the loss of mass and strength
of the muscles.
In contrast, small magical doses of homeopathic medicines can relieve tension and help to soothe the emotional problems causing teeth grinding. The medicines are very useful for patients where there is a history of frustration, suppressed anger which not only causes grinding of teeth but also changes the personality of a patient. Knowing patients have a history of suppressed anger is a laborious job done by a well-qualified homeopathic doctor. A good remedy can change a hyperactive personality type to a normal person. All these major root causes are not cured by allopathic medicines.
Intestinal worms which cause grinding of teeth can effectively be taken care of by proper homeopathic treatment. Properly prescribed medicines not only remove the intestinal worms but also prevent the recurrences of worm infestations as the remedies create a healthy environment for the intestinal flora.
How homeopathy helps:
- The treatment helps to reduce symptoms of bruxism like facial pain, earache.
- Medicines help reducing stress and help relaxing mind and body.
- Remedies help the patient to taper off anti-anxiety or anti-depression drugs gradually.
- The treatment removes the bad effects of suppressed anger and frustration as the medicines act holistically treating the patient as a whole.
- Medicines help to combat intestinal worms; not only preventing grinding of teeth but also other symptoms of worm infestation like skin rash, loss of appetite.
- Remedies improve the blood supply of the muscles of the mouth thus preventing the spasm causing grinding of teeth.
There are 85 medicines which give great relief. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the physician. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus, homeopathic remedies of bruxism / teeth grinding / teeth clenching are designer made unlike allopathy in which all patients receive the same drugs although trade name may be different.
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What is Teeth Grinding / Bruxism / Teeth Clenching
Bruxism is the habit of clenching and grinding the teeth. It most often occurs at night during sleep, but it may also occur during the day.
It is an unconscious behavior, perhaps performed to release anxiety, aggression, or anger. It is an oral parafunctional activity that occurs in most humans at some time in their lives. It is one of the most common sleep disorders.
It may be mild and may not even require treatment. However, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.
When you look at your sleeping child, you want to hear the sounds of sweet dreams: easy breathing and perhaps an occasional sigh. But some parents hear the harsher sounds of gnashing and grinding teeth, called bruxism / teeth grinding / teeth clenching, which is common in kids.
Signs & Symptoms
- Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to awaken your sleep partner
- Teeth may be worn down, flattened, fractured or chipped
- Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Jaw pain or tightness in your jaw muscles
- Enlarged jaw muscles
- Earache — because of severe jaw muscle contractions, not a problem with your ear
- Chronic facial pain
- Chewed tissue on the inside of your cheek
- Indentations on your tongue
- Anxiety, stress and depression
It is believed to be the most common cause of grinding of teeth. Stress can disrupt a person’s sleeping cycle. If a particular sleeping pattern is disrupted, the person ends up clenching their teeth unconsciously and intermittently during sleep.
Suppressed anger and frustration
Many psychologists believe that this is the reason why people clench their teeth during the day. Suppressed anger is wrath a person can’t let out which is expressed in the form of grinding of teeth.
Abnormal alignment of teeth
Abnormal alignment of the upper and lower teeth is referred to as malocclusion. This is one of the physical causes of teeth grinding.
Missing or crooked teeth
This is also a reason for grinding of teeth during daytime.
Hyperactive personalities (ADHD)
Some kids who are hyperactive also experience bruxism / teeth grinding / teeth clenching.
Central nervous system diseases
Certain kids suffering with CNS diseases like cerebral palsy may experience grinding of teeth.
Drugs like Prolintane, Catovit, Levodopa may cause grinding of teeth.
Intestinal worms are one of the important reasons for grinding of teeth.
Medical and dental histories, examinations, and x rays are usually necessary to differentiate bruxism
from other conditions that may cause similar pain, such as ear infections, dental infections, and temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
In many cases, untreated teeth grinding can lead to chronic TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders) due to the stress that prolonged grinding of teeth places on the jaw and the temporomandibular joint which may result in damage to the teeth, facial pains and so on.
- Damage to your teeth (including restorations and crowns) or jaw
- Tension type headaches
- Facial pain
- Temporomandibular disorders — which occur in the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), located just in front of your ears and felt when opening and closing your mouth
While dietary changes may not completely stop teeth grinding, there are some guidelines which can contribute to prevention. Cutting sweets, alcohol and caffeine from the diet can decrease the frequency of bruxism.