How to Stop Teeth Grinding with Hypnotherapy
Teeth grinding can be both a symptom and cause of other problems and may be something you need to get rid of.
“Bruxism” is the medical term used for a condition in which you involuntarily grind or clench your teeth. This often happens when one is asleep but many have been seen teeth grinding unconsciously while they are awake. Sleep bruxism often takes quite long to be detected because this occurs when a person is sleeping and clenching his teeth in his sleep. Therefore, that person does not get to know about his Bruxism until someone tells them. If bruxism is very frequent whether in sleep or awake, they may also feel a pain in their jaw or find their teeth damaged or have a headache when they wake up. Mild Bruxism does not really require any medical attention but frequent Bruxism asks for a medical or dental checkup. This is not a rare problem as half of the population does it from time to time. Tight or Jaw muscles, tooth pain or temperature sensitivity, worn enamels, face pain or mild headache and flattened teeth are the obvious symptoms of teeth grinding. On the other hand, the partners who share the bed can also tell you if you have Bruxism.
The cause of teeth grinding in children is usually because they get itchiness due to their growing teeth. With adults, people working with more concentration are often seen clenching their teeth unknowingly but it seems that it helps them. On the other hand, awake bruxism could be cause by extreme anxiety, stressful routine or life, tension, anger or frustration. Even with these causes, visiting a doctor or dentist depends upon how frequently that person grinds his teeth. If it is really causing headaches and jaw pains or disturbing the sleeping partner at night, then it is time to see someone for help.
This habit can cause you some damage and disturb others. Often a habit of teeth grinding also leads to a habit of jaw stretching that is more dangerous to a face. The persistent teeth grinding can result in a teeth loss, teeth loosening and teeth fracturing that might also change the face appearance. You may face trouble or pain in eating or disappointment in public due to bad breathe because of damaged teeth. When these symptoms are detected, it is essential to visit a dentist who can assess your oral health and treat your Bruxism. In an event of damage, the root canals, implant, bridges, crowns, partial dentures and often complete dentures are required. However, finding a treatment to stop this habit is better than the cure for damaged teeth. Even during a process of treatment, the doctor can fit you a mouth guard that does not help to stop the habit but refrains yourself to damage your teeth whether awake or sleep and stops the sound of teeth grinding so people around you are not disturbed. People with aggressive or hyperactive personalities are more vulnerable to stress and frustrations and are more likely to develop this habit of teeth grinding.
The Pains of Teeth Grinding
The standard treatment of Bruxism includes:
• Stress management therapy, relaxation techniques, regular excises, medication for muscle relaxation and cognitive behavior therapy. At night, you can use a warm cloth and hold it on areas like cheeks, earlobes and jaw joints to relax jaw muscles
• Other helping tips that may help to stop teeth grinding is decreasing the consumption of food that contains caffeine like coffee, soft drinks or chocolates.
• Try not to chew anything that is not food like pencil or nails. Avoid using chewing gum because it will only increase the habit of jaw muscles to clench more.
• A tip to stop teeth grinding for the immediate moment is to place the tip of your tongue between teeth. This may take some time but it can reduce the habit.
What Hypnotherapy Can Do For You
If you really want to give up teeth grinding once and for all, hypnotherapy can enable you to do just that. Our clients typically only need to see us once. We mostly use an ‘eyes open’ hypnosis which means you don’t even need to go very deep. As there are several layers to teeth grinding, we will work on several levels. The underlying stress or insomnia may be related to issues around identity as well beliefs. We will work on identity, values, beliefs and habits to help you knock out all that’s stopping you.