Sleep has many functions, especially when we are fully rested and sleep well. It helps us in many aspects such as regenerating tissues, allowing us to regenerate areas worn by daily effort, clearing the mind, and accumulating energy, but also acts as a stress reliever to release stress.
Bruxism according to Biodescodification — Emotional Conflicts
These tensions arise from conflicts that we cannot resolve if we were aware of them.
When we are awake, we control everything we say or do, and we have to disconnect from mind control to release what is stuck in a closed mouth because we cannot say or do what is necessary for our souls.
Grinding our teeth at night
We know how little sleep we get and that’s why many people don’t know they grind their teeth at night. The stress and abrasion of teeth grinding are about forty times stronger than chewing.
This symptom occurs unintentionally and has very obvious consequences:
- Wearing down of some or permanent damage to teeth.
- Pain or muscular sensation in the face.
- Headache or ear pain.
- Tension in the jaw joint.
- Inflammation of the jaw and/or gums.
- Dental sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
- Neck strain.
- Fatigue due to inefficient sleep.
Bruxism’s origins and biological conflicts
We should take into account that it occurs in children or adults and that the health system tells us that it is due to stress, tension, and anxiety. What kind of stress or tension can lead to moving the upper teeth over the lower ones? Let’s see what some experts say.
Generally, it occurs in children or adults and the health care system tells us it is due to stress, tension, and anxiety. What kind of stress or tension can cause the upper teeth to move more than the lower teeth? Let’s see what some experts say.
A study conducted in Brazil with adolescents found a significant relationship with school bullying. Boys and girls aged 13 to 15 who experience verbal abuse at school were four times more likely to develop nocturnal bruxism than other adolescents.
A report by the Ruber Dental Hospital in Madrid found that 70% of the adult population suffers from this silent symptom known as bruxism.
The basic conflict is the inability or incapacity (inability) to say or do something necessary, such as grabbing something or defending oneself from someone, and not being able to do so we feel a strong disappointment.
Bruxism base conflict
We want to be able to enjoy the life we lead, but something interrupts our peace of mind and throws us off balance preventing any defensive response.
- I want to shout what I feel, but I should not;
- I want to defend myself, but I cannot or should not;
- I wanted to bite the other person and hurt him as much as he hurt me;
- I just wanted to say something, but I’d better shut up.
These are just some of the possible situations that a person who moves his mouth more than necessary at night may experience.
Abuse, mistreatment, and submission
Here arises a concept that applies to many other situations (abuse, mistreatment, submission, etc.), which is the learning of helplessness, which is the phenomenon that occurs when a person experiences a negative situation and feels that he/she does not have the resources to cope with it.
As a result, he/she begins to think that he/she will never be able to defend him/herself in this type of situation, has low self-esteem, and negative language towards him/herself, and there are periods of sadness and emotional discomfort.
The person thinks, feels, and believes that whatever he does will have no benefit and will not be able to change the outcome of the final events, because what happens next is due to circumstances that he cannot control.
Tensions that need to be released
In situations of school mistreatment, harassment, bullying, and other forms of subjugation and/or abuse of power, there is a fundamental element to reduce the stress or tension that is produced and it is the support of the family and/or social network by which they are being informed.
Here we are talking about the lack of social support.
Many times, children or young people who are going through difficult times related to situations of violence do not even say so at home, but keep their pain to themselves as if by keeping quiet they could silence what they feel.
They believe that they will not be trusted or that they will be blamed for not defending themselves or that their parents simply believe that nothing can be done in the face of injustice.
And maybe less so, say it at school or discuss it with teachers because they have to watch what happens without doing anything, so they don’t feel protected in a system that prefers to look the other way and focus on other issues.
There is still a long way to go to untie the bonds of violence and begin to unite with love. Whoever assaulted him, abused him, harassed him, learned that molded him and certainly integrated it in his childhood and normalized it today so as not to suffer.
Furthermore, if they were attacked between the ages of 7 and 14, the neurobiology of violence would have settled in their brains because there was not a good connection between the prefrontal cortex, where the impulse brakes are located, and the foundation of ethics and morality.
With the limbic region of the brain, specifically with the cortex and the hippocampus or the region of neurons that reflect and interpret emotions.
The greater the violence in early life, the less empathy and disrespect for others, the more easily they initiate anxious behavior and the more inhibited their actions become. Not only do they lack empathy, but they enjoy the pain of the other.
Guidance for working on bruxism
- The first is to recognize that there is a problem and that it must be solved.
- Observe and discover the negative internal language and learn to change it.
- Recognize beliefs, prejudices, and unrealistic and irrational thoughts about defense, communication, and/or relationships.
- Admit to relationship patterns learned in childhood and change negative programming.
- Set and set some goals and objectives that are easy to achieve and increase as the complexity of these goals is reached. For example, start by talking at home or with friends nearby to increase the radius of movement.
- Make a list of all the accomplishments in relationships and personal situations, both conflicting and favorable, that the person has experienced and that has been the result of his or her initiative, effort, and resources.
- Learn to reinterpret what happens to us according to our fixed and immutable mental limitations.
- To strengthen optimism.
Learn to manage emotions
And of course, learn to manage your emotions and do activities that promote emotional well-being such as:
- Going for a walk outdoors
- Deep breathing several times a day
- Doing yoga or some other type of physical activity
- Reading a book, listening to music that interests us.
- Dancing, drawing a mandala, or any activity that brings mental and emotional peace.