Have you woken up in the morning with a headache and ever wonder why? You and approximate 80% of the American population are likely clenching and grinding their teeth during the night. By clenching and grinding your teeth you are putting a tremendous amount of stress on the teeth and precious jaw bone. This stress can result in headaches and TM Disorder, a painful joint problem near the front of your ear.
Giving the body what it needs to alleviate that stress can reduce the occurrence of the clenching and grinding. It may not stop it from happening completely, however, it will help bring down physical stress.
As a Registered Dental Hygienist, I see many people experience this common problem. As a Nutritional Therapist, I have come to the conclusion that it could be a result of a deeper-rooted issue. The body subconsciously clinches and grinds its teeth at night (and sometimes during the day) when it is under stress; physical or mental. The body may be experiencing stress from mineral deficiencies. When the body does not have all the building blocks it needs, from nutrient-dense foods and proper supplementation, then it lives in a state of survival and stress.
Giving the body what it needs to alleviate that stress can reduce the occurrence of the clenching and grinding. It may not stop it from happening completely, however, it will help bring down physical stress. All of the below tips are wonderful for helping to alleviate clinching and grinding symptoms. To learn more about signs on the teeth of what clinching and grinding may look like, click here to read details.
5 Tips to Help Alleviate the Physical Stress of TMD/TMJ:
- Try incorporating magnesium into your nightly routine like this magnesium spray. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer and can help relax the cheek muscles (known as the masserter muscles) from working so hard to bite down. I keep this spray by my bed and spray it on my feet at night to help have a more restful, deeper sleep.
- Try taking Epsom salt baths regularly. It not only is relaxing, which can help bring stress down, but Epsom salt also has a high amount of minerals and will absorb into the skin soaking in the water. Soak for at least 20 minutes in a warm bath with 5-10 cups of Epsom salt. A lot of Epsom salt is needed in order for it to have therapeutic effects. I like this 25pound bag to have a lot on hand. But I have also used this smaller bag, and have seen even smaller bags at the 99 cent stores in the San Diego area.
- Try this tasty magnesium powder Calm. I like that these are in individual packs and I can keep them in my purse. It absorbs easily into liquids like warm water and also has the effect of alleviating chronic constipation, as magnesium is a natural laxative when taken in larger doses.
- Try taking 5 deep breathes before bed (or any stressful situations). Make the exhausts longer than the inhales. This tells the body to enter into parasympathetic mode, your resting mode for your nervous system. Do not underestimate the power of a deep, cleansing breath.
- Get a night guard to protect your teeth. The plastic night guard will protect your teeth from touching during the nighttime when a person is more likely to grind their teeth. This guard can help evenly distribute the pressures throughout the mouth instead of on specific teeth.
All of the above tips are wonderful for helping to alleviate clinching and grinding symptoms. To learn more about seeing more signs on the teeth of what clinching and grinding may look like, click here to read more.
If you are suffering from clenching and grinding your teeth, try these tips. Let me know in the comments what else has worked for you! Got more questions? Just ask! Happy stress-relieving friends!