Home Remedies for Teeth Grinding
There is little scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of home remedies in treating teeth grinding. Yet, some home remedies seem to help with the underlying causes of bruxism, such as stress and anxiety. Remedies like turmeric, eucalyptus oil, and ginger are believed to help relieve muscle tension and pain, which may reduce the frequency and severity of teeth grinding. Do be warned though - remedies are not a substitute for professional dental care
The Benefits of Herbal Remedies and Essential Oils in Treating Bruxism
Herbal remedies and essential oils are natural options that can reduce the symptoms of bruxism. Certain herbs, such as valerian root, passionflower, and kava, have calming and relaxing properties. These may help reduce anxiety and tension that can contribute to teeth grinding. Essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, and peppermint can also be used to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Some people may choose to use these remedies through topical application, such as applying essential oils to the jaw or neck, or through ingestion in the form of teas or supplements.
Best Home Remedies for Bruxism
The selection of a home remedy should be based on an individual's unique symptoms and underlying causes. Some great home remedies you can try out are turmeric milk, seed mixes, and ginger tea (with real ginger though, not the flavouring!).
Milk contains an amino acid called tryptophan which helps your nervous system relax. Turmeric also contains curcumin which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. Curcumin in turmeric may also help to reduce chronic diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, and heart disease due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation can play a major role in the suggested chronic diseases. You can find a great recipe for turmeric milk at Auraglow. Although it may be better to take curcumin supplements as a bruxism home remedy instead as they don't stain your teeth
Try out a seed mix such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Seed mixes such as this one are great as they are rich in magnesium. Magnesium is an alkaline mineral that is essential in nerve and muscle function. Additionally, magnesium can help keep you calm, and relaxed and reduce stress - which is a cause of bruxism. Also, seeds such as pumpkin seeds contain extra benefits such as helping wounds heal with vitamin K and helping the immune system with zinc.
Studies show that more than 50% of the US population doesn't get enough magnesium and this is probably a similar number in the UK. Other magnesium-rich foods you can try include red meat, bananas, spinach, almonds, avocados, milk, whole grains, and fatty fish.
Ginger tea (with real ginger) is another bruxism home remedy that has anti-inflammatory effects. It works by blocking the formation of certain types of inflammatory compounds and breaking down existing inflammation through an antioxidant. You can try out this recipe from Healthline:
- Grate 1 inch of raw ginger.
- Boil 2 cups of water and pour over ginger.
- Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add juice from a lemon, and add honey or agave nectar to taste.
This article was read and reviewed by the face of DR Aesthetica himself - DR Baldeep Farmah.
What Vitamins Help With Bruxism?
It is thought that vitamin D and calcium deficiency can lead to bruxism. A study by clinical and experimental dental research showed that individuals with vitamin D and calcium deficiencies reported having severe to mild bruxism.
Vitamin D is found in foods such as oily fish, salmon, milk, mackerel, sardines, egg yolks, red meat, and liver. It is reported that 50% of people across the globe have a calcium D deficiency - you're probably at risk too!
Nutritional Approaches: Diet and Bruxism
Nutrition can play a role in managing bruxism, as some dietary factors have been linked to teeth grinding. For example, caffeine and alcohol consumption can exacerbate bruxism symptoms, so reducing or avoiding these substances may be helpful. A balanced diet with a focus on nutrient-rich whole foods can support health and improve bruxism symptoms.
How to Get Rid of Bruxism Forever
Well not forever but for about 6 months at least.
You can view a list of potential treatments for Bruxism here.
However do you Want a treatment that:
- Lasts approximately 6 months?
- Only requires 24 hours of downtime
- Is so painless that it requires no anaesthetic
- Displays results by 4 weeks