Teeth Grinding or Clenching–Bruxism–Acupuncture Can Help
Bruxism refers to an excessive clenching together of the bottom and upper jaw accompanied by the grinding of the lower teeth with the upper set of teeth. Most people are unaware that they are grinding or clenching their teeth because it typically occurs at night. Usually it is only when someone points it out that people with Bruxism become aware that they are grinding their teeth.
Bruxism affects adults and children and, usually not a serious medical problem, it can wreak havoc in the mouth. Can cause the teeth to loosen wear away and become painful. Parts of the teeth sometimes break having been ground away completely. This can lead to jaw joint disorders, pain, headaches, earaches, damaged teeth and abrasions in the mouth.
It is important if you experience Bruxism symptoms that you seek proper diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms include teeth grinding and clenching, facial pain, headaches, sensitive teeth, and damaged teeth.
The exact cause of Bruxism id not really known, but a combination of factors may contribute to the problem. Some factors that could trigger Bruxism symptoms include, anger, pain, frustration, anxiety, stress, tension, certain personality types such as being aggressive, competitive, hyperactivity, posture, diet and poor sleep habits.
There are a number of ways to treat Bruxism. The aim of treatment is to alleviate pain, prevent permanent damage to teeth and change teeth clenching behaviors as much as possible.
If you think that you may be suffering from Bruxism you should consult your dentist first to determine if there has been any damage to your teeth. The dentist would most likely recommend a mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding together.
However, medications administered to treat this condition are usually muscle relaxants or mild sleeping aids, that do not solve the problem, but simply mask the pain.
There are other solutions for Bruxism such as natural and alternative therapies have proven to be beneficial in reducing teeth grinding and clenching symptoms. The therapies include things such as biofeedback, hypnosis, stress management, mediation, acupuncture and herbal therapy.
Herbal therapy can offer solutions for grinding since they can relieve tension and help to soothe the emotional problems causing teeth grinding and teeth clenching. These include Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort), Passiflora incarnata, Melissa officinalis and Lavender. Homeopathic ingredients such as Phytolacca, Zinc and Arsenicum can also provide a safe, non-addictive alternative to traditional medications.
Some herbal teas of hops, passion flower, peppermint or lemon balm to soothe and calm your nerves when you are feeling anxious and stressed. Call Four Seasons Acupuncture today for a complimentary consultation to determine if an alternative therapy can help you with your pain management of teeth grinding. Finding the root of the problem with help you feel better sooner and permanently, rather than mask your symptoms with western medications.
Four Seasons Acupuncture services residents of Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary. Located at the corner of Horatio and 17-92. 110 N. Orlando Ave. Suite 3 Maitland, Florida 32751. www.4seasonsacupuncture.com 321-62-4871.