Bruxism is commonly known as teeth grinding and it is a damaging and serious dental disorder. This problem occurs unconsciously during sleep or while awake. The teeth grinding can lead to various other conditions and problems, including damaged teeth, jaw joint disorders, earaches, headaches and jaw pain. The TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) can also be caused by teeth grinding or clenching. The causes for this problem are misaligned teeth, stress, growth of the jaws and teeth, suppressed frustration or anger, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease, side effects of some medicines, parasitic infestations etc. Most individuals notice the problem when they begin experiencing jaw or teeth pain and headaches. If you or someone close to you has noticed any of these symptoms, then it’s time to use some remedies to stop this problem as soon as possible. Some home remedies can also help you prevent it.
The soothing and calming effect of lavender can relax your nervous system and will also promote a better sleep. Mix one teaspoon of olive or almond oil with up to 4 drops of lavender oil. Use the solution to massage the neck area and the jaw. Repeat the remedy twice a day, in the morning and before going to sleep.
Another soothing product is the valerian. This oil will relax the muscles and will also help you have a deep sleep. This will also lead to a reduced risk of teeth grinding. Mix olive oil (1 teaspoon) with valerian oil (2 to 3 drops) and massage the solution on your neck area and your jaw. You can also consume valerian tea on a regular basis.
3. Turmeric Milk
Mix milk with turmeric and you will be able to effectively control the teeth grinding problem. The milk will promote the sleep and will relax you and the turmeric will offer relief for the pain. Moreover, the milk contains calcium, a mineral that will maintain your teeth healthy. Boil one cup of milk and add some turmeric powder (1 teaspoon). Stir the solution and wait until it gets a mustard color. Stop it from boiling and then add some honey. Consume the solution daily before bedtime.
4. Vitamin C
You can regulate your mood by consuming enough vitamin C. This vitamin will also control the muscle movements and will help you produce noradrenaline and adrenaline that will relieve the stress. You can consume vitamin C supplements, but always consult a doctor before this action. At the same time, it would be a great idea to eat more products that contain vitamin C.
5. Herbal Tea
If you suffer from disturbed sleep, then a cup of herbal tea can be the cure for you. It will relax your body and will also offer relief from stress. This will help you reduce your teeth grinding. Prepare an herbal tea with chamomile flowers and green tea, as these are the best options. Make the tea and then let it steep for almost 5 minutes. Add honey and lemon juice for extra benefits and taste and then consume the tea in maximum 2 hours before going to bed.