A lot of people suffer from nighttime conditions, including restless leg syndrome and snoring. While there are proposed remedies for snoring, such as tongue exercises, there are some people who don’t snore, but grind their teeth as they sleep. This is actually a huge problem, medically known as bruxism, as it can lead to damaged teeth or worse, health complications.
The first thing you need to do is to confirm you have bruxism. It happens when you gnash, clench, and grand your teeth without you being conscious about it. This is often related to stress, but some people suffer from it due to bite or occlusal issues. Because it happens at night, it is hard to diagnose bruxism by yourself. There are symptoms that you can check for, including:
- Headaches that don’t go away
- Sore jaw that can cause pain as you chew
- Teeth grinding sounds that can be heard as you fall asleep
- Teeth sensitivity when consuming hot or cold food or drinks
- Sensitive teeth when brushing
- Teeth surfaces look worn
- Wounds caused by biting on the insides of the cheeks
Of course, you can ask a loved one if you grind your teeth when you sleep. If you sleep alone, you can ask for the help of your dentist to examine your jaw and mouth for bruxism signs. Once confirmed, you can try the following remedies to stop teeth grinding for good:
1. Relax your jaw area with warm compress.
2. Massage the face, neck, and shoulders in circular motions every day before you go to sleep.
3. Enjoy a deeper sleep with valerian root tea or valerian essential oil mixed with one teaspoon of olive oil that has muscle-relaxing capabilities.
4. Another way to sleep better is through lavender essential oil mixed with olive oil or almond oil which you can massage onto your neck and jaw areas.
5. Drink herbal teas, such as chamomile tea before you go to sleep.
6. Combine turmeric and milk to control teeth grinding. Milk has an amino acid known as tryptophan, which promotes a deep sleep. Calcium in milk can also help improve the health of your teeth. When added with turmeric, it can help relieve pain.
Removing caffeine and alcohol from your diet can help soothe your mind and muscles, which can alleviate bruxism. If you have a chewing habit, try to stop this as it can cause stress on your jaw. Chew gum instead or suck on mint as you slowly wean yourself off of the habit.