Topics: Sleep, Bruxism, Sleep disorder Pages: 23 (7725 words) Published: September 30, 2010
Save Your Smile, Stop Grinding!

By Charles Harrison


Table of Contents

Introduction – What is Bruxism?
What Happens if My Bruxism Is Not Treated?

Chapter 1: About Bruxism
How Do I Find Out if I Suffer From Bruxism? The Bite Strip Hair Analysis

Chapter 2: What Causes Bruxism?
Drug Induced Bruxism Amphetamines and Psycho Stimulants Antidepressants Bruxism Induced by Malocclusion Frustration, Lifestyle Stress and Anger

Chapter 3: The Best Way to Sleep
How you should be laying in your bed

Chapter 4: Simple Relaxation Techniques
Breathing Exercises Ventilation & Breathing More About Breathing Exercises Meditation Acquiring a Meditative Focus

Chapter 5: Oral Health in Relation to Teeth Grinding
How Bruxism Damages Teeth Bruxism and Gum Damage

Chapter 6: Preventing Bruxism - Relax Your Muscles
The warm compress Natural Herbs

Chapter 7: Helping Bruxism During the Day
If Prescription Drugs are the Cause Relaxation and Meditation Caffeine, Alcohol and Nicotine Consumption Regular Dental and Medical Checkups 2

Stress Management Therapy Talk to Your Significant Other Repairing Damage to Teeth from Bruxism Herbal Remedies and Nutritional Supplements Muscle Relaxants

Chapter 8: Jaw Muscle Exercises
Press and Clench Exercise The Streach and Streach Some More Exercise Hard to Open Exercise

Chapter 9: The Nose obstruction method
The Upsides to This Method The Downsides to This Method When NOT to use This Method



Introduction – What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the involuntary clenching of your jaw, identical to the type of clenching movement your jaw makes when chewing. Of course, all people chew while they eat. This natural jaw reflex is necessary for good oral health and digestion. Unfortunately, 30 to 40 million Americans suffer from involuntary bruxism, particularly while they sleep. Most of us refer to bruxism as ‘teeth clenching’ or ‘teeth grinding’. Bruxism may be mild or severe and can lead to jaw damage, headaches and sensitive teeth, to name only a few of the many possible side effects. No doubt this is the reason you’ve found this book. Although chewing is normal and expected when eating, what happens for those with bruxism is an abnormal, ‘involuntary’ reflex. This means you are not consciously aware of clenching or grinding your teeth. It is easy to understand how this could happen while asleep, but some with bruxism also clench and grind their teeth when awake, even though they may not realize they are doing so. Nerves normally controlled by the brain activate our jaw muscles. During sleep, conscious parts of the brain become dormant. That is to say, they are not actively being used. The unconscious parts of the brain govern the clenching and grinding motions typical of bruxism. Most people will occasionally have some degree of bruxism at one point or another. However, if bruxism has become routine for you, this book will help to understand the condition, and guide you through controlling the reflex, limiting the damage it causes to your teeth, gums, jaw joints and overall oral health. Causes of bruxism vary. For some, it’s the result of abnormal sleeping patterns. As we’ll discuss in a later chapter, your body requires a balanced sleep of both REM and NREM cycles. REM cycles are responsible for the deep sleep you are in when you dream. NREM cycles are those outside of the dream state, and this is a time when a large degree of bruxism occurs as a result of heightened subconscious activity, including involuntary nerve reflexes and muscle contraction. Since bruxism is an oral health issue and a sleep issue, there are a few specialists, such as an orthodontist, oral surgeon or orthognatic surgeon who may be able to help you. Orthognatic surgeons correct jaw structure defects as opposed to working exclusively inside the mouth.

Of course, for most people, a visit to your general dentist is the best place to begin and can usually...
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