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“Grounds” for Attention: Don’t Ignore This Condition!

“Grounds” for Attention: Don’t Ignore This Condition!

What can cause damage to your teeth, jaw pain and other uncomfortable symptoms? You may have heard of “bruxism” – learn what it is, and how to stop it.

It can keep your partner awake at night and do serious damage to your teeth. It can even be a cause of un-diagnosed jaw pain. Teeth grinding is a potentially serious problem.

Strangely, you may not even know you have this tooth-damaging habit until you experience unexplained jaw pain or your partner or dentist points it out to you. What causes teeth grinding and what can you do about it?

What causes of bruxism?

It isn’t completely clear what causes bruxism. It appears to be particularly common in children who often outgrow it at some point in their developmental cycle.

When it occurs in adults, it seems to be related to and triggered by stress and anxiety. Sometimes, correcting the underlying stressful circumstance can completely eliminate the symptoms and restore formerly peaceful sleep patterns.

How do you know if you suffer from bruxism?

If your partner or someone in your family has observed the chatter and noise emanating your grinding teeth, you have your diagnosis. You may also be grinding if you notice that your teeth appear to be worn down or you’re suffering from jaw pain or recurrent headaches.

Here’s a brief video about bruxism from the American Dental Association…

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with your dentist who can check for irregularities that may suggest teeth grinding is taking place.

Now that you know the causes of teeth grinding, is there an effective treatment? Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent grinding teeth:

Reduce stress

If you grind your teeth at night, it’s time to make an honest assessment of your stress level. If you’re overworked or worried about a particular problem, addressing the issue may reduce the frequency or severity of teeth grinding.

Try a natural means of reducing stress such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. Biofeedback has also been successfully used to treat teeth grinding.

Take a long soak in a warm, fragrant bathtub before going to bed. If your anxiety is considerable, ask your doctor. or try the natural approach of drinking a cup of chamomile tea.

Check your medications

Surprisingly, the drugs you take may be contributing to your teeth grinding habit. Medications that can be problematic include certain classes of antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs. Check with your doctor to make sure the medications you’re taking aren’t contributing to stress.

See Your Dentist

Whether or not you are successful in reducing bruxism, it’s important to check for damage to your teeth as a result of past grinding episodes. Since grinding can be the result of misaligned teeth, orthodontic therapy could also be applied. Restorative procedures could be used to return your bite to normal. And, a custom-made protective mouth guard could be designed for you.

Keep Careful Watch

If possible, have a partner or family member monitor you to determine if the frequency of your teeth grinding is decreasing. If so, you’ll know you’re on the right path to recovery.

Teeth-Falling-Out Dreams: What Do They Mean?

Teeth-Falling-Out Dreams: What Do They Mean?

Dreams where your teeth fall out – who hasn’t had these?  They often seem so real, and when you awaken, you may even have to check you still have yours!

No doubt, after such a dream, you’ll probably wonder, “What does it all mean?” Perhaps one of the following explanations applies in your case…

Perceived instability in life

In real life, most people would consider their teeth suddenly falling out to be a horrific experience. Although dreams don’t usually echo real-real life, assuming your teeth are probably firmly in place when you awaken, the dream may reflect the truth metaphorically.

Dreams often express real emotions through symbols and stories. Dreaming about losing your teeth might just mean, you feel unstable.

Perhaps you’re unsure about your place in this world, or you are going through a period of financial or romantic instability. In this age of COVID-19, this is understandable.

So dreaming that your teeth are falling out may represent these feelings in the “sleep world”.

Lack of nourishment

Let’s face it – without your teeth, taking in nourishment would be tough, seeing as you couldn’t chew your food and all.

Losing your choppers in a dream might indicate a fear you aren’t getting enough sustenance, though it may not be of the food variety.

You may feel life doesn’t support you, or you aren’t getting what you need to be “nourished” from your relationships or your career. In dreams, when your teeth fall out, your mind may be speaking to you, saying, “Feed me!”

Repressed emotion

Another interpretation of such dreams may be that you hold repressed emotional angst in your jaw. People tense their jaws when they brace themselves for stress. They also clench their jaws when they are fuming or holding back angry words.

If you are upset or angry, or can’t seem to let your feelings flow, teeth-falling-out dreams could be the result.

Fear of loss

When your teeth fall out in dreams, consider whether you fear losing someone or something important to you.

Valued friendships, family members, financial security, or your job are all crucial to people’s lives, and your tooth-losing dream could reflect anxiety about losing these people or things. Just as likely, actually losing your teeth due to dental issues that you may be ignoring could be a reason for these types of dreams.

Remain Calm

Dreams of teeth falling out aren’t enjoyable, but they can be helpful as a call-to-action.

Your dreams may be telling you, it’s time to speak the truth and express your emotions – or that a painful past experience beckons closure, something you have been avoiding. Dreams might also reveal you need to face your fears. Perhaps, a visit to your dentist might be the thing you are afraid of! Only you can decide why you had a teeth-falling-out dream.

Use these dreams to improve your life. Whatever you do, don’t panic – it’s only a dream!

BONUS!

Here’s a wonderful talk by life coach and video blogger, James Himm Mitchell, about teeth-failling-out dreams and what to make of them. Great presentation we know you’ll enjoy. Check it out!

“Grounds” for Attention: Don’t Ignore This Condition!

“Grounds” for Attention: Don’t Ignore This Condition!

What can cause damage to your teeth, jaw pain and other uncomfortable symptoms? You may have heard of “bruxism” – learn what it is, and how to stop it.

It can keep your partner awake at night and do serious damage to your teeth. It can even be a cause of un-diagnosed jaw pain. Teeth grinding is a potentially serious problem.

Strangely, you may not even know you have this tooth-damaging habit until you experience unexplained jaw pain or your partner or dentist points it out to you. What causes teeth grinding and what can you do about it?

What causes of bruxism?

It isn’t completely clear what causes bruxism. It appears to be particularly common in children who often outgrow it at some point in their developmental cycle.

When it occurs in adults, it seems to be related to and triggered by stress and anxiety. Sometimes, correcting the underlying stressful circumstance can completely eliminate the symptoms and restore formerly peaceful sleep patterns.

How do you know if you suffer from bruxism?

If your partner or someone in your family has observed the chatter and noise emanating your grinding teeth, you have your diagnosis. You may also be grinding if you notice that your teeth appear to be worn down or you’re suffering from jaw pain or recurrent headaches.

Here’s a brief video about bruxism from the American Dental Association…

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with your dentist who can check for irregularities that may suggest teeth grinding is taking place.

Now that you know the causes of teeth grinding, is there an effective treatment? Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent grinding teeth:

Reduce stress

If you grind your teeth at night, it’s time to make an honest assessment of your stress level. If you’re overworked or worried about a particular problem, addressing the issue may reduce the frequency or severity of teeth grinding.

Try a natural means of reducing stress such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. Biofeedback has also been successfully used to treat teeth grinding.

Take a long soak in a warm, fragrant bathtub before going to bed. If your anxiety is considerable, ask your doctor. or try the natural approach of drinking a cup of chamomile tea.

Check your medications

Surprisingly, the drugs you take may be contributing to your teeth grinding habit. Medications that can be problematic include certain classes of antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs. Check with your doctor to make sure the medications you’re taking aren’t contributing to stress.

See Your Dentist

Whether or not you are successful in reducing bruxism, it’s important to check for damage to your teeth as a result of past grinding episodes. Since grinding can be the result of misaligned teeth, orthodontic therapy could also be applied. Restorative procedures could be used to return your bite to normal. And, a custom-made protective mouth guard could be designed for you.

Keep Careful Watch

If possible, have a partner or family member monitor you to determine if the frequency of your teeth grinding is decreasing. If so, you’ll know you’re on the right path to recovery.

Teeth-Falling-Out Dreams: What Do They Mean?

Teeth-Falling-Out Dreams: What Do They Mean?

Dreams where your teeth fall out – who hasn’t had these?  They often seem so real, and when you awaken, you may even have to check you still have yours!

No doubt, after such a dream, you’ll probably wonder, “What does it all mean?” Perhaps one of the following explanations applies in your case…

Perceived instability in life

In real life, most people would consider their teeth suddenly falling out to be a horrific experience. Although dreams don’t usually echo real-real life, assuming your teeth are probably firmly in place when you awaken, the dream may reflect the truth metaphorically.

Dreams often express real emotions through symbols and stories. Dreaming about losing your teeth might just mean, you feel unstable.

Perhaps you’re unsure about your place in this world, or you are going through a period of financial or romantic instability. In this age of COVID-19, this is understandable.

So dreaming that your teeth are falling out may represent these feelings in the “sleep world”.

Lack of nourishment

Let’s face it – without your teeth, taking in nourishment would be tough, seeing as you couldn’t chew your food and all.

Losing your choppers in a dream might indicate a fear you aren’t getting enough sustenance, though it may not be of the food variety.

You may feel life doesn’t support you, or you aren’t getting what you need to be “nourished” from your relationships or your career. In dreams, when your teeth fall out, your mind may be speaking to you, saying, “Feed me!”

Repressed emotion

Another interpretation of such dreams may be that you hold repressed emotional angst in your jaw. People tense their jaws when they brace themselves for stress. They also clench their jaws when they are fuming or holding back angry words.

If you are upset or angry, or can’t seem to let your feelings flow, teeth-falling-out dreams could be the result.

Fear of loss

When your teeth fall out in dreams, consider whether you fear losing someone or something important to you.

Valued friendships, family members, financial security, or your job are all crucial to people’s lives, and your tooth-losing dream could reflect anxiety about losing these people or things. Just as likely, actually losing your teeth due to dental issues that you may be ignoring could be a reason for these types of dreams.

Remain Calm

Dreams of teeth falling out aren’t enjoyable, but they can be helpful as a call-to-action.

Your dreams may be telling you, it’s time to speak the truth and express your emotions – or that a painful past experience beckons closure, something you have been avoiding. Dreams might also reveal you need to face your fears. Perhaps, a visit to your dentist might be the thing you are afraid of! Only you can decide why you had a teeth-falling-out dream.

Use these dreams to improve your life. Whatever you do, don’t panic – it’s only a dream!

BONUS!

Here’s a wonderful talk by life coach and video blogger, James Himm Mitchell, about teeth-failling-out dreams and what to make of them. Great presentation we know you’ll enjoy. Check it out!

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