There’s nothing like a fancy word to make a condition sound exotic. However, bruxism is far from exotic. In fact, it’s pretty common, especially in children. Bruxism is just another way to say grinding the teeth.
It’s not uncommon that children will grow out of grinding their teeth. Although, some individuals remain plagued with the condition well into adulthood. For still others, the condition commences in adulthood.
While this condition can certainly be uncomfortable, it can also be damaging. Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) may result, such as the jaw pain of TMJ. Teeth can also crack under the repeated stress of grinding or clenching, and cracks lead to tooth decay and loss of structural integrity.
With adults, often, the answer can be a simple lifestyle change, as some causes of bruxism are:
- Drug use — Most notably, anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can result in tooth grinding.
If one finds drugs, chocolate or coffee are affecting their dental health, then common sense dictates one should cut back or eliminate the culprit! Right?
It reminds me of the old doctor joke: “My arm hurts when I do this!” Doc says, “Then don’t do that!”
So, if coffee makes one grind their teeth, don’t drink it! I’ve reduced my coffee intake and added ingredients to make it a more enriching beverage. In fact, I did a Monday Night Live event on this topic, and my Mighty Members received my recipe — along with my rationale —earlier this week.
Other cases of bruxism may stem from:
- Food intolerances and allergies
However, in children, a more common cause of bruxism can be parasites — pinworms, to be exact. I hate to tell you folks, but if one child has pinworms, then it's not uncommon that the whole family may get them.
Believe it or not, a common culprit is sharing popcorn! The female worms cause such intense itching in the rectum that a child (or anyone for that matter) can barely contain their need to scratch, particularly at night. And then the eggs are under the fingernails.
Unless one performs a good, old-fashioned morning scrub under those nails, then reaching in a shared bowl of popcorn can spread the eggs.
But I don’t want people to freak out! This is life. This is nature. We don’t want to live in fear of all the little critters surrounding us daily. In fact, one of my most ardent messages is to stop fearing infections. Did you hear me? I’ll repeat it in case you didn’t hear me: Stop fearing infections! Our bodies are designed to handle these things … sometimes they just need a polite, gentle nudge.
When it has been established that pinworms are present and there is grinding of the teeth (especially at night), one such nudge can be Cina maritima 30, utilized twice daily. Usually, this would be continued over many weeks. But as always, we stop using a medicine when significant improvement in the condition is observed — when the sufferer is “very much better.” We also halt the medicine if no improvement at all is seen (after its use for an adequate period of time).
However, pinworms are not required to be present along with the bruxism to call upon Cina. As is often the case in homeopathy, the etiology doesn’t necessarily affect the medicine choice.
Indeed, Cina is one of our quintessential childhood remedies. But it can also be utilized for adults. Although, with adults, it is a good idea to begin by reducing exposure to the aforementioned extrinsic influences, such as coffee, chocolate or drugs, before moving forward into utilizing a homeopathic medicine.
But remember what I often say: Just because you know the medicine doesn’t mean it’s the one you use! I always encourage those employing homeopathy to do their homework. Read about Cina in a materia medica to ensure it’s a relatively tight fit for the case! It’s but one of the many medicines that can be utilized for bruxism. There’s generally more than one way to peel an orange in homeopathy. In fact, that’s one of the beauties of this paradigm!
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