Do you suffer from headaches, sore jaw muscles, sensitive teeth or regularly breaking fillings? Then you may be grinding your teeth when you sleep. This is super common particularly among people who have busy and sometimes stressful lives.
Thankfully teeth grinding can be treated quickly and simply through the creation of splints. Splints are simply clear, reinforced hard mouth guard style retainers that you wear at night-time to stop tooth wear and damage. They also help you stop grinding and as a result, stop the symptoms! Great!
If you do worry about your teeth or jaw, come in and see us so we can have a chat!
Another factor towards clenching can be due to depleted levels of magnesium in your body. Read our article below to find out if this might be relevant for you.
Do you clench your teeth or wake up with a saw jaw in the morning?
It may have something to do with your bodies magnesium levels!
Magnesium deficiencies are one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in adults. The body is in a constant state of using magnesium for muscle movement, operation of the nervous system, heartbeat and hormone production.
COMMON DEFICIENCY SIGNS INCLUDE:
· Muscle aches, spasms, cramps, weakness and tightness
· Teeth clenching
· Cavities in teeth
· Stomach cramps
· Tingling and numbness in the hands or feet
· Trouble sleeping
· Jumpiness and poor concentration
You might wonder, even though I eat a good healthy diet, why am I still deficient? Deficiencies are not just caused by not eating enough of the “right” foods.
COMMON PROBLEMS AND EVEN SIMPLY DIFFERENT STAGES IN LIFE CAN CAUSE DEPLETION OF MAGNESIUM WITHIN THE BODY, INCLUDING:
· Depleted soil your foods are planted in; causing a lower level of magnesium to be found in the fresh produce we buy.
· The development of digestive disorders that inhibit the absorption of magnesium or cause excessive excretion of it.
· Prescriptions drugs and antibiotic use causing excess magnesium excretion.
· Stress causing your body to burn through excessive amounts at a faster rate.
· Pregnancy, strenuous exercise and breastfeeding all increase the demand of magnesium.
· The excessive drinking of coffee or alcohol inhibits absorption of magnesium.
A DIET RICH IN MAGNESIUM AND IF NEEDED, A GOOD QUALITY MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENT, CAN HELP WITH:
· Increased energy levels
· Calming of nerves/ improvements in the areas of depression & anxiety
· Can assist in the alleviation of sleep problems
· Relieve constipation
· Relieve muscles aches, tightness and spasms
· Prevent headaches & migraines
· Improve PMS symptoms
· Help to relieve teeth grinding & clenching.
The first step in addressing magnesium deficiency is to make sure your diet is rich in magnesium.
Magnesium rich foods include leafy green vegetables (spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts), avocado, beans, banana, melons, nuts (almonds, cashews), seeds (pumpkin seeds), whole grains, fish and Quinoa.
If you think you may be magnesium deficient, check your diet for magnesium rich foods and chat to your naturopath or health care professional about a quality, highly absorbed magnesium supplement.