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Homeopathic Treatment for Bruxism

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism or grinding of teeth is a common oral habit. It refers to the non-functional grinding of teeth or clenching of the jaw. It is a condition that usually occurs in children but not uncommon in adults. This condition mostly occurs at night, but children tend to exhibit the habit during the day as well. In many cases, bruxism is mild and causes no harm. But if it occurs on a regular basis, it can lead to various complications like a headache, earache, jaw pain and dental damage. Homeopathic treatment for bruxism is very effective. Homoeopathic medicines are constitutional medicines that treat a problem in a very gentle way. They help with symptoms like a headache, ear pain and jaw pain that arise due to the grinding of teeth and assist in reducing the risk of permanent dental damage caused by teeth grinding. Homoeopathic medicines for bruxism are prepared from natural substances which have no side effects and are hence safe to use for all age groups. A detailed case taking should be done in instances of bruxism. This helps in finding the underlying cause leading to the grinding of teeth, which in turn, helps in identifying individual symptoms that will contribute to deciding which medicine to use.

Types of Bruxism

1. Awake bruxism: In this condition, the patient unconsciously clenches the teeth while awake. The clenching is more prominent than the grinding.
2. Sleep bruxism: In this type of bruxism, the clenching or grinding occurs during sleep.

Causes for Bruxism

The factors leading to bruxism are not known. A combination of genetic, psychological and physical factors may be responsible for bruxism.
1. Awake bruxism – Causes for awake bruxism include stressful situations and an automatic reflex to deep concentration or emotions like anxiety, anger, tension, and frustration.
2. Sleep Bruxism – Stress or anxiety adversely affect sleep which may lead to sleep bruxism. Sleep bruxism is associated with other sleep disorders like snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea.

Grinding of Teeth in Children

There are two phases of teeth grinding in children
1. When their teeth emerge
2. When their permanent teeth set in
Most children lose the teeth grinding habit after that period. Other conditions in children that lead to teeth grinding include nutritional deficiencies, worm infestations, psychological factors like anxiety and stress, endocrine disorders, and incorrectly aligned teeth.

Risk Factors for Bruxism

1. Genetics. Sleep bruxism runs in members of the same family.
2. Aggressive or competitive persons are more at risk of developing bruxism.
3. Young children are at a higher risk than adults.
4. Constant stress or anxiety.
5. Side effect of anti depressants.
6. Caffeine rich diet.
7. Excessive alcohol intake.
8. Tobacco smoking.
9. Disorders like epilepsy, ADHD, sleep related disorders like sleep apnea, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.

Associated Symptoms

Persons who grind teeth while asleep are not even aware of this condition until the parents or spouse notice it. Symptoms of teeth grinding include dull headaches, especially in the temples, pain in the ear, facial pain, stiffness and pain in the jaw, difficulty in opening of the mouth, and disturbed sleep. Dental damage is another symptom and includes damage to the enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, tooth pain, flattening or chipping of teeth, loose teeth, fractured teeth, and injury to the inside of the cheek.

Homeopathic Medicines for Bruxism

1. Cina – Homeopathic Medicine for Grinding of Teeth in Children

Cina is useful a homeopathic medicine for bruxism in children. In most cases, the grinding of teeth occurs during sleep at night. The child may also scream at night. In some cases, there is foul breath and frothy saliva. Sometimes, the child is highly irritable, ill humored, and may tend to bite and strike others. Cina also works well in cases of teeth grinding because of worm infestation.

2. Santoninum – Excellent Homeopathic Medicine for Grinding of Teeth with Worm Infestation

Santoninum is an effective homeopathic treatment for bruxism caused by worm infestation. It works well both for grinding as well as clenching of teeth during sleep. Restlessness during sleep may also be a symptom, along with an itchy nose and abdominal pains.

3. Chamomilla – Beneficial Homeopathic Medicine for Bruxism in Angry Personalities

Chamomilla works well for patients prone to getting frequent fits of violent anger. Such individuals may be very obstinate and quarrelsome. They may also be sensitive to noise and pain. Chamomilla is a good homeopathic treatment for bruxism in children during dentition.

4. Belladonna – Homeopathic Medicine for Bruxism with a Headache

Belladonna is very useful homeopathic treatment for bruxism which is accompanied by a throbbing pain in the head. The patient’s face may turn red along with the headache, he may have mood swings, be forgetful, and suffer from mental confusion. The patient may also be restless and delirious.

5. Arsenic Album – Homeopathic Medicine for Bruxism with Anxiety

Arsenic Album is a highly effective homeopathic medicine for bruxism in persons suffering from intense anxiety and restlessness. Such patients suffer from fears, cannot find rest in one place, and are prone to shifting places. These patients grind their teeth while asleep. Their teeth may seem longer and are very sensitive to pressure.

7. Plantago – Homeopathic Medicine for Bruxism with a Toothache and Tooth Sensitivity

Plantago is an effective homeopathic treatment for bruxism in cases where teeth grinding occurs along with severe tooth pain and sensitivity. Grinding of teeth takes place at night. There may be a feeling of soreness in the teeth along with increased salivation. Sometimes, a pain in the ears may accompany the grinding of teeth.

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Comments

  1. Severe TMJ issues – waiting for a joint replacement surgery. Bones worn away. CONSTANT clenching during the day (nothing at night when I’m asleep)

  2. Hello Dr. Sharma

    I have teeth clenching. My dentist has made many appliances for me but they seem to make it worse.

    My jaw muscles and tmj joint are very sore. I have recently developed tinnitus in my left ear.

    Nothing seems to help – hot – cold therapy. What is causing me to clench my teeth.

  3. I wake up in the morning with my jaw clenched and have headache that progresses during the day from neck to jaw and around face (eyes and nose area). I believe anger and stress associated. Which remedy please? Pain is worse on right side

  4. I have brux ism.mainly jaw clenching leading to headache especially on the sides of the head and pain in the neck- head joint.mostly happen when am anxious and stressed.

  5. dan caldwell says:

    I have clenching with my new dentures and this causes pain and discomfort in the roof of my mouth what can I do.

  6. Since I have retired my teeth clenching has increased. Iwould have thought this would decrease as I am now less stressed. I clench both when I am awake and when I sleep. My head aches around the top op my jaws. When I realise I am clenching when I am awake I am afraid to unclench.

  7. Neeta Khandelwal says:

    Dear sir ,🙏 my daughter is 5 years old and grinds teeth while awaken consistent. she was diagnosed with down syndrome with mild autism. Please let me know if homeopathy can cure this. Thanks
    Regards
    Neeta Khandelwal

    • greetings, dr. Sharma,

      which remedy do you recommend for awake bruxism, accompanied by the symptoms listed under causes, please?

      heartfelt thanks for your important work, lila

  8. Neha kumari says:

    I do grind my teeth in sleep but i am not exactly aware wats the basic cause, i have been suffering from this problem since last ten years i guess, in the morning i feel a lot of sensitivity in front teeth both upper and lower jaw please help me out with this problem

  9. Which is the homeopathic treatment for teeth grinding

  10. Hello, my skn 5 year old grinding teeth strong during nightime, he is crying at night also can speak…he almost file all the teeths

  11. vivek verma says:

    hello sir
    my 6 yr boy grind its teeth during night,very disturbed sleep,often scream and cry in sleep,feared.
    he is lacking in confidence and distract very easily
    find difficulty in making friends
    write very slowly
    very fearful

  12. Hii
    I am 27 year old. I grind my teeth at night.
    I want to resolve it as soon as possible
    Please advise me what should I do

  13. Nuoman khan says:

    Hi Dr. Dharma.
    My name is nuoman I live in Afghanistan 16 years ago in 2001 I visited a phycologist for social anxiety n he described me Effexor XR sine that day I m using 75mg 2 times a day after starting this medicine Panic attacks started attacks were not happening before. Now if I miss a single does I can’t servive. I can’t walk talk n feel whistles in my ear want to go to bed. don’t want to listen any thing even foot steps sounds arretate me badly. From last 4 month I feel very dizzy spells my head most of the day I can’t drive any more. I grind my teeth during asleep very badly from almost 12 years and lost my half teeth. My jaw is always very tensed and clinched my facial muscles r also very tensed. Forget things instantly. Can’t remember things. And I don’t want to keep my Account book updated or right notes. I have very anger in me I can’t concentrate on talks even. Please Dr. I need help
    Stay blessed

  14. Hello
    My son is 3 years old and he is not speaking sentences and can speak words. He is not able to chew food. He is having speech therapy now. He grind his teeth while going to bed only. He is taking kalium phospricum 6x recommended by homeopathy doctor. Is there anything you suggest to ad?
    Thanks

  15. Namaskar Dr. Sahib
    I am suffering from teeth grinding while sleeping
    Iam also suffering from passing of urine with difficulty
    & boond boond krke urine aata hai .Pl advise Best medicine

  16. My daughter has grinding a teeth severely during sleep. She is 19 yrs old & healthy . Study in second yrs of colledge.
    This problem was since 12th years.
    During this time if we try to stop him, she get angryat that moment.

  17. suzanne sanger says:

    Hi there
    I am having tooth pain, receding gums and I believe it is due to grinding. In the past I’ve been aware of certain intense stress and grinding due to sore gums or cheeks.
    I’ve had jaw pain before but now I just have a sore tooth that feels like there was too much pressure on it.

    Any thoughts

    Thanks
    Suzanne

  18. Dr. Sharma,

    I’ve been suffering from what I believe is anxiety related night bruxism. Mostly jaw clenching but teeth grinding as well. My parents report that I used to grind my teeth so hard as a child you could here it. I do not recall having this issue until about a month ago, my jaw and face often ache now. Besides anxiety, I also experiences bouts of intense anger. It sounds like Arsenic Album and Chamomilla would be the best remedies as well as possibly Plantango, because now many of my teeth hurt too. My question is in wahat dose and how many times a day? For how long?
    Thank you.

  19. Muhammad Ahmad says:

    Dear dr.
    I the patient of bruxism from childhood, in start I took medicine for it, but there was no effect, so I left, now I am 26 years old, the bruxism condition is as full night and much loudly, some how in awakening conditions also, kindly suggest some usefull medicine for me,
    Muhammad Ahmad
    Lahore, Pakistan

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