Treatments for Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

I have been wearing a night guard for Bruxism (grinding teeth) for 20 years. Even with the guard and 2 or 3 vistis a year to a great dentist, I have sore teeth and gums. The doctor suggests I see an ENT for further advice. If you have had treatment for Bruxism, I am very interested in hearing about it as far as techniques used and success.

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Lola from Dallas, TX

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January 11, 20080 found this helpful

I got trained to do biofeedback at the recommendation of my doctor. It really helped me to learn how to relax the muscles of my jaw. The key with biofeedback is to practice it every day and develop the skill. Now I try to do it every night before I go to sleep.

Also, at one point my doctor had me taking triple dose ibuprophen to help relax the muscles. That didn't work for me because it upset my stomach.

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I don't grind my teeth but I do clench them which causes headaches. My massage therapist and chiropractor have helped greatly. Something about when your muscles are tense your body tries to relieve the tension by clenching the teeth. Ask people to recommend a good chiropractor/massage therapist. It would be good if they specialized in head and neck. Hope you find relief! God bless you!

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I am with you, because I'm a bruxer from way back, and I've had two teeth need root canal from it when they had never had a filling or cavity or any other trauma. I haven't been helped by night guards because I take them out without waking up, since they feel so foreign. Bruxing is a classic stress manifestation, and the best help I've had is some counseling for a situation where I felt there was nothing I could do. With the counselor, I found more ways I could solve the situation and finally sleep well again. God bless you!

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According to "Prescription for Nutritional Healing", a book by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, Bruxism can develop if the teeth are sensitive to heat and cold. Stress, allergies and nutrient deficiencies are often the cause of tooth grinding, which can also involve blood sugar levels. Essential nutrients are Calcium and magnesium, Pantothenic Acid and vitamin B Complex. The recommended doses are in the book, as well as other suggested nutrients. A splint from the dentist can prevent tooth damage, and biofeedback is helpful for overcoming bruxism in some cases. A library may carry this book.

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I did forget to say that I too went to a massage therapist who massaged the muscles by putting her fingers inside my mouth. It was extremely painful so I did not continue that therapy for very long.

I did this therapy about 15 years ago. So perhaps they now have another massage therapy that is better.

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