Monday, 7 December 2009

Teeth Grinding or Bruxism

Teeth-grinding can cause tension and pain in the jaw and face especially on waking in the morning. This can lead to constant headaches and face pain. Obviously, it is also bad for your teeth as it can damage them.
For many people, the only solution is to wear a mouth guard to prevent them from grinding their teeth unconsciously during their sleep at night.
Bruxism is also very common in children though sometimes less noticeable unless it gets quite bad and the child complains. You may not notice your child is doing this unless you have looked in on them while they are sleeping.

In my experience, there are two main factors related to or accompanying bruxism:

1. Worms.
2. Stress.

1. People who gnash and grind their teeth may have worms. This means that it is quite easy to solve the problem. Deal with the worms and the bruxism will cease. The majority of children who grind their teeth are doing so for this reason.
Other signs of worms apart from teeth-grinding, are:

  1.  Peevish, whining and complaining behaviour – nothing you do for the child or adult satisfies.
  2.  Temper tantrums.
  3.  Pale face, with dark circles under the eyes.
  4.  Ravenous appetite and always hungry. Where does it all go?
  5.  Worms visible in stools and the stools are ‘loose’.
  6.  Itchy bum most especially when becoming warm in the bed at night.


What to do?

The homeopathic remedy Cina 30c is excellent for solving this problem. Take 1 tab/pills twice daily for 2-3 days.


2. Stress is less easy to deal with than worms as it usually tends to be ongoing. And not all circumstances that cause stress are under a person’s control. There are large life-events and then there are work and other stress-related issues. However, that said, a person’s reaction and response to stress can change and be made more resilient, less difficult with less impact on the person’s life. My best tip (I am not biased!?) is to see your homeopath for an in-depth comprehensive support.

But, here are some things you can do to alleviate stress:


Exercise, good food and fresh air


Switch off mobile, TV, telephone, computer and have more ‘QUIET’ time in your life


Take B-Complex Vitamins but particularly Pantothenic Acid. A fantastic food for your nerves.


Take Ginseng herb – this supports the fight-or-flight stress reaction of your Adrenals


Take a Calcium supplement. Not many people realise that Calcium has a big effect on frayed nerve endings and can add to relaxation. Take before sleep at night.


Take Bach Flower remedies. Choose which flowers most represent your experience.


Take Bush Flower Combination Calm and Clear. This will help you to focus your mind and problem solve instead of worry about problems.


Take Kali-Phos Cell Salts- an excellent tonic for the nervous system usually providing a mood uplift as well. Helpful to soothe a disturbed sleeping pattern.

7 comments:

  1. There are many solutions to get rid of stress, but an easy one is a healthy and correct nutrition.The choice of a healthy eating and proper food can help to increase the body resistance to stress. When we are stressed, instead of eating all kinds of unhealthy foods, we can choose to eat food to ease our body.For example, cabbage is a very good source of antioxidant and vitamins to banish stress, such as vitamin A, C and E. They fight against the harmful effects of free radicals in the body to release stress hormones. Brown rice contains carbohydrates with slow absorption into the body that trigger release of serotonin and nor epinephrine that helps the body to better cope with stress by improving general mood and energy.

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  3. I have had some experience with stress. Unfortunately, I had not noticed how stressful some situations were until I had developed an ulser. So cure the ulser.....but I also see it as a learning opportunity. So now I watch and monitor situations which your body is actually giving you immediate feedback; Tightness in the stomach, agitation, jumping to conclusions too quickly. Too quick in making judgements rather than absorbing the information,....and lots of other signals.

    Need to stop now....too much time typing on the computer without a break is also stressfull for the neck and shoulders as well as watching the screen is also stressfull on the eyes.
    Happy discovering and thank you Alison for all the valuable information on this Website...it is my constant reference point.

    Mary

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