Can taking Magnesium daily stop my teeth grinding?
Yes and maybe and possibly not at all. So why do so many people recommend taking Magnesium to stop teeth grinding?
Many people all around the world have attested to the positive impact that a daily dose of magnesium has had on their teeth grinding habit.
Magnesium levels could be low (particularly amongst women).
These low levels of Magnesium can cause one to feel more anxious, muscle cramps and nausea. It can also affect muscle function and nerve function.
Not all people can or should take magnesium in a pill form.
Some individuals may need to “up” their daily dosage of magnesium the good ol’ fashioned way, e.g. eating leafy greens, avocados, broccoli, beans, seeds and nuts, even dairy product, meat, chocolate and coffee!
What is Magnesium and how does it work?
You remember Magnesium (Mg) from the periodic table of elements in your chemistry class, right? Magnesium is an abundant mineral found naturally in the earth. One important function of Magnesium is to help the regulation of blood pressure. Magnesium is also needed for the successful contraction and relaxation of muscles and nerve function. Magnesium supports a healthy immune system, helps keep bones strong, gives you energy. It does all kinds of things. In fact, magnesium aids in over 600 bodily processes!
How much should I take?
Always check with your doctor before taking Magnesium. Recommended daily dose is 400-420mg per day for men and 310-320mg per day for women
What does Magnesium have to do with my teeth grinding?
Magnesium can help relax the muscles. Specifically, it can help relax the small, twitching muscles in the jaw which will reduce the pressure of grinding. This new addition to your sleeping regimen should be put implemented in conjunction with some other nightly practices. Taking a bath with Epsom salts, meditation, soft yoga, massaging the neck, making sure your bedroom is a comfortable place to relax and fall to sleep are all things that may make a big difference to your teeth and jaw come morning time.
Factoid: Drinking alcohol before bed worsens teeth grinding. Avoid drinking or taking any stimulants hours before bed time.
Are most Americans Magnesium deficient?
According to World Health Organization statistics, most of us are deficient in magnesium. Up to 75% of us do not meet the daily requirements to be in the zone we need to be in.
A damaged digestive tract and/or certain digestive disorders may cause individuals to not be able to absorb Magnesium fully or properly.
Can I take too much Magnesium?
Absolutely! Taking too much Magnesium can lead to confusion, feeling sleepy (lethargy), muscle weakness and stomach pain/diarrhea.
What other home remedy can I do to stop teeth grinding?
Some studies claim that B-complex vitamins have a significant effect on controlling teeth grinding. Deficiencies in B Vitamins have also been linked to severe psychological stress, depression and panic attacks. Taking a B Vitamin supplement in addition to the Magnesium may help curb the intensity of teeth grinding and/or stop it all together.
Wearing a night guard will not stop the teeth grinding habit but will protect the teeth from the physical harm that is caused from the habit.
In addition, the night guard will help to relieve any aching and pain of the teeth, muscles and joint that has stemmed from the action.
Make good decisions. Lessen or cut out the things that you know may be harming you. This includes all the fun stuff (sugar, alcohol, caffeine, drug stimulants like Adderall, cigarettes, and negative people that are causing you stress).
Any potential side effects of taking Magnesium?
Most common side effects from taking Magnesium reported are upset tummies, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Basically, all the tummy woes can occur.
This doesn’t tend to happen if you’re getting your Magnesium intake naturally (through foods). Magnesium supplements seem to be the culprit in this case more often than not.
Is teeth grinding caused by a mineral deficiency?
It could be that teeth grinding is caused by not just one factor but many-a mineral deficiency being part of the equation. Another big part of the picture is stress. Researchers are still working to find the exact cause of teeth grinding and how to stop it.
What happens if I wear my teeth down?
Your teeth can start to feel like they’re “sprained” all the time. You may be able to press on certain teeth with your fingers and feel pain. The wearing down of your teeth can cause tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, teeth pain, broken teeth and even the loss of being able to open and close the mouth properly.
Can you cure teeth grinding?
There is no surefire way to cure teeth grinding but there are ways to lessen the intensity of teeth grinding. Sometimes we simply stop the action on our own with no real explanation. Children oftentimes grind their teeth together intensely while they’re young and outgrow the habit at a later age. We adults can also go through spurts of teeth grinding throughout our lives only to stop and then start again. Some of us grind severely our whole lives. Stress is still the #1 indicator of teeth grinding. We hold an incredible amount of tension in our jaw area. Be aware of this and take on the practice of stretching, relaxing the neck, face and shoulder area. Relax the mind and wear a dental night guard.
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