Reduce Tooth Grinding
(Bruxism) The Natural Way
Many people have a somewhat embarrassing problem that is not
always discussed: tooth grinding. Tooth grinding, teeth
gnashing and clenching are common problems that most people do
not talk about.
All of these problems are described medically by the term
Bruxism. Many health professionals believe
that bruxism is caused by emotional reasons.
Many doctors believe that simply being aware of tooth
grinding is enough to be able to control it. Many health
professionals also believe that tooth grinding is the result of
stress. Many people begin to grind their teeth when they are
stressed out, and some may not even be aware that they are
However, once you realize that you are grinding your teeth,
that is the first step to taking control of your teeth and the
stress that the problem probably stems from.
Many people find that their worst tooth grinding occurs at
night. Many health professionals believe that tooth grinding
occurs as your subconscious attempts to "chew over" your
problems. Tooth grinding is a serious problem that can result
in a nightmare scenario for your mouth.
That is why it is so important to get at the root of the
problem. What can happen after a lifetime of continued tooth
grinding? You can easily wear down your gum and jawbone from
excessive tooth grinding. This can cause many of your teeth to
become loose and to eventually break off. Even if you are lucky
enough not to ruin your teeth through excessive tooth grinding,
you can cause significant pain to your neck, face and head.
If you know that you are grinding your teeth, and you think
it may be as a result of stress, there are many things you can
do to try to relax. One of the best ways to make sure that your
night doesn’t turn into a full-out tooth grinding session is to
make sure that you get relaxed for bedtime.
To help prevent serious tooth grinding while you sleep, make
sure that you do not do anything stressful even thirty minutes
before bedtime. Many naturopathic doctors recommend that you
should listen to soft music or take a warm bath (or both)
before bedtime in order to relax. If you are able to sink into
a relaxing and restful sleep, there is much less chance that
you will end up grinding those pearly whites all
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There are also many calming herbs that you can take in order to
calm your nerves. These calming herbs can help relax your face
and mind before you sleep, which will help you make sure that
you do not gnash or grind your teeth at night while you sleep.
What kind of calming herbs should you take before bedtimes to
relax your mind, and hopefully you teeth?
Some of the best calming herbs are
Skullcap and Valerian. All of
these herbs have relaxing properties that are known to help
reduce anxiety and can help you sink into a deeper sleep. When
you allow your body to fall under the effect of these relaxing
herbs, you are more likely to restrain from tooth grinding at
night as you sleep. For even better results, you should
consider taking any of these herbs in tincture form.
Honeysuckle is one of the oldest medicinal
herbs in known history, sometimes referred to
European Honeysuckle was once used widely to
treat urinary complaints, asthma, and during
Take any of these herbs in tincture form before
falling going to bed to fall into a relaxing and restful sleep.
For the best results, mix one to two ounces of any of these
herbal tinctures into hot water. Tinctures are more powerful
than hot teas.
They are more concentrated and can help you
fall into a deeper and more restful sleep. Also, the body more
readily absorbs tinctures. For the most restful sleep, take the
herbal tincture at least a half hour before retiring to bed for