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4 Natural Remedies for Teeth Grinding
There are many people who experience teeth grinding, but since it is generally involuntary, they do not know how to stop. If teeth grinding occurs frequently, it could damage your teeth or denture work and cause overall oral problems. Teeth sensitivity is most likely to occur due to the wear of the outer surface of your teeth — the enamel. Teeth grinding can result in breakage and mobility of your teeth or dentures due to the pressure exerted on them. In extreme cases, teeth grinding can lead to loss of teeth if it wears down to the stump. Below we will go over three remedies for teeth grinding so damage to the teeth or dentures can be avoided.
Natural remedies for teeth grinding
1. Wear occlusal appliances
Occlusal appliances are custom made plastic appliances that fit on both the top and the bottom teeth. They prevent abnormal wear or mobility of your teeth and pain on the jaw caused by the teeth grinding. One example of an occlusal appliance is a night guard. Wearing this while you sleep would prevent your teeth from grinding by adding a soft barrier between them.
2. Try cognitive behavior therapy
Most cases of tooth grinding are caused by stress, anxiety and depression. Cognitive behavior therapy would be ideal to help treat and manage depression and reduce stress and anxiety levels, which would help stop teeth grinding.
3. Increase vitamin C intake
Vitamin C is a natural remedy that can help you stop clenching your teeth. Vitamin C helps the adrenal gland to regulate stress levels. It helps in the production of dopamine which regulates our moods thereby lowering anxiety levels. Therefore, eating foods that are rich in vitamin C such as oranges, strawberries, papaya and kale can help reduce your stress levels. Vitamin C also comes in capsules and chewable tablets and can be found at almost any store.
4. Try biofeedback therapy
The goal of biofeedback therapy is to help the patient change their behavior by becoming more aware of what they are doing unconsciously through the use of electronic sensors attached to the muscles. In cases where teeth grinding is caused by a habit developed by an individual, biofeedback therapy can be a natural way of stopping teeth grinding. This would help you to understand how to position your teeth and prevent muscle movement that may cause unconscious teeth grinding.
The bottom line
Teeth grinding is not necessarily harmful on its own, but if it happens repeatedly, it could harm lead to long-term damage to your teeth. Treating teeth grinding depends on the cause of this habit. However, in most cases, it may not require any medication for you to stop clenching your teeth.
Applying the first method of wearing an occlusal device combined with any of these other remedies would be the most effective compared to applying any of those methods alone. Try using these four remedies we covered above, and talk to your dentist about how you can stop grinding your teeth today.
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