Teeth grinding, 40 million suffer from it and you may be one of them.


40 million Americans suffering from bruxism (teeth grinding), we all tend to have it mild enough not to be a health problem it’s when you neglect the signs which can be more concerning. 

What is bruxism its grinding and clenching your teeth it could be during the day or while you sleep. 

 It’s one of the most common sleep disorder and it’s during sleep that causes the majority of health issues.

If you are not aware of it your dentist will be able to confirm it by the abnormal wear patterns in your teeth but before it gets to that point here are sneaking symptoms that will creep up on you when you’re not noticing so be aware.

Jaw pain and headaches
Anxiety, stress, and tension
Depression
Earache
Eating disorders
Headaches
Migraines
Loose teeth
Tinnitus
Gum recession
Neck pain
Insomnia
Sore or painful jaw

What causes it? Researchers classify bruxism as “a habitual behavior, and a sleep disorder.” It can originate from an allergic reaction, illness, digestive, anxiety to trauma. Once it becomes a habit the original cause can end but without ending the habit.

What are the perpetuating factors!
Disturbed sleep patterns
Maloclussions
Caffeine
Smoking
Drugs
OCD
Lastly, high levels of anxiety, stress, work-related stress, irregular work shifts, stressful profession and ineffective coping strategies

How to end the habit before it get’s worse? Finding the original cause and treating the perpetuating factors can reduce or eliminate if caught early before it becomes habit.

What helps treat the symptoms?  It’s not easy and there is no guarantee but try the following:
Apply ice or wet heat to sore jaw muscles.
Avoid eating hard foods like nuts, candies, steak.
Sleep on your back
Drink plenty of water every day.
Get plenty of sleep.
Yoga, stretching exercises to help restore a normal balance to the action of the muscles and joints on each side of the head.
Massage the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and face. Search carefully for small, painful nodules called trigger points that can cause pain throughout the head and face.
Relax your face and jaw muscles throughout the day. The goal is to make facial relaxation a habit.
Try to reduce your daily stress and learn relaxation techniques like deep breathing exercise. I have an example of one on my Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/maraiwantamassage.

Ignoring it will make it worse so it’s very important that you find a way to treat teeth grinding once you realize you have it!

Related Articles:
How can I stop grinding my teeth?
Jaw and Joint Disorders
Are You a Grinder? By Dr. Oz

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