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The Basics of Bruxism - Should You Be Worried?
Posted on 9/15/2019 by Karl Olson
Bruxism is, simply, the grinding of teeth. The most common type of bruxism is “sleep bruxism”—grinding while sleeping, but many people also suffer from bruxism while awake. Bruxism is generally an unconscious act, often due to an unbalanced bite, crooked teeth, or stress. Many people suffer from mild bruxism, which may not be cause for concern. Few bites are perfect, and when our upper and lower teeth meet, there is commonly a slight grind associated with the meeting of the teeth. But more severe bruxism can cause serious health concerns. Do I Have Bruxism?Sufferers may feel a dull, deep jaw ache, restricted movement in the jaw, jaw crepitus (crackling), pain akin to headache, or earache. There may also be pain in the face and/or neck. Some people with chronic, severe bruxism also clench their jaw hard enough to bite their cheeks at night—so look for signs of tissue damage to your inner cheeks, as well. Bruxism can cause a weakening of the teeth. Unfortunately, severe grinders may be at risk of fracturing, chipping, or wearing down their teeth. Weakened teeth are exposed to bacteria, which cause decay. Those with severe bruxism are more vulnerable to tooth pain and tenderness, and may require more fillings, root canals, and even implants, bridges, or dentures in later stages. How Can I Treat Bruxism?Your routine checkup will reveal signs of bruxism. Our dentists will be able to assess damage to your teeth and recommend treatments. Each case is different, and some sufferers may only require mild treatment. Our dentists can look at your bite and tell you whether or not your bruxism is a result of a dental or orthodontic issue, or of stress. In both cases, a treatment plan can be discussed. A custom-made mouth guard is often recommended to treat the symptoms of bruxism. If you are suffering any of the above symptoms, please call our office for an appointment today....

How Fillings Can Help Decrease Tooth Sensitivity
Posted on 8/25/2019 by Karl Olson
Tooth sensitivity can mean many different things. It is often a sign that something is wrong with a tooth or teeth. There are many reasons that tooth sensitivity occurs. Hot or cold sensitivity is common. Others feel sensitivity to pressure on their teeth from biting down. While tooth sensitivity is often a sign of a problem, for some it is not a big problem. In fact, some may notice that after they get a filling, the tooth sensitivity decreases. This is what is going on. Causes of Tooth SensitivityThere are many reasons you may have sensitivity in your teeth. Many people suffer from sensitivity to extreme hot or cold temperatures. This can come from a cavity or some other issue with your teeth. One of the most common reasons for sensitivity involves the enamel of the teeth. The enamel is the protective coating of the teeth. Eating acidic foods or not following good oral hygiene practices can lead to a breakdown in the enamel which exposes the layers of the teeth beneath the enamel. These exposed areas are often sensitive to the hot and cold. They can also become a place where bacteria grow, leading to a cavity in the teeth. What Happens When You Get a FillingIf a cavity forms inside of a tooth, the best way to deal with it is through a filling. The filling replaces the cavity with some type of material. Because there is no longer a hole in your tooth, it can become less sensitive to changing temperatures. It will also provide more support if you feel sensitivity when you bite down on the tooth. After you get a filling, you may notice more sensitivity for a short time. This is because of the work that was done and is something that should subside in a relatively short time after getting the filling. Contact our office to learn how we can help with your sensitivity....

Make Sure Your Teeth Have Help Staying White
Posted on 8/15/2019 by Karl Olson
Patients come to us and want to know what we can do to help them have whiter teeth and we are more than happy to help. You will come in for an evaluation and we will discuss the best teeth-whitening option for you. Once completed, keeping your teeth white is largely up to you. When you come for your semi-annual visits, we will deep clean your teeth and determine if your whitening needs to be touched up, but between visits only you can ensure that your teeth stay white. We can only advise you the best ways to make that happen. One thing you know for sure is that you must continue with good oral hygiene practices. That means you should brush your teeth twice a day, floss your teeth in between brushings and after meals, and ensuring that you are hydrated enough to produce sufficient saliva. Your saliva, believe it or not, is crucial to maintaining good oral health. It is your body's natural toothbrush and mouthwash and protects your teeth from the acids produced by the food you eat and the beverages you drink. How Else Can I Keep My Teeth White?The problem many people have is that it is difficult to control what they eat or if they can floss or brush, at work. Not everyone has a job in a place where they can store their toothbrush and toothpaste. Not everyone has a job where there is running, potable water. Keeping your teeth white at work can be a challenge for some people. Knowing that, here are some tips for everyone to use. First, know what beverages and foods are more likely to stain your teeth. With that knowledge, you can either not eat or drink them or you can take steps after you do. If you drink coffee, tea, dark-colored soda or red wine you risk a stain. If you drink these beverages, be sure you rinse your mouth with water when you are finished. If you can brush your teeth, do so, but not if you drink them through the day. Over-brushing can damage the enamel on your teeth. Refrain from any tobacco products. Aside from staining your teeth, they damage the gums and cause bad breath. I think we all know the health concerns related to tobacco products. Above all stimulate saliva production. You can do this by chewing sugarless gum containing Xylitol. Xylitol has anti-bacterial properties that can prevent bad breath. You should also snack on crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery. They act as pseudo-toothbrushes and remove leftover food particles. Call us if want further information....
All Posts:
The Basics of Bruxism - Should You Be Worried?
How Fillings Can Help Decrease Tooth Sensitivity
Make Sure Your Teeth Have Help Staying White
Are Your Gums Trying to Tell You About an Underlying Illness?
Relieving the Harmful Effects of Chronic Dry Mouth Can Start with Water
Soothing Burn Pain in Your Mouth
Signs You Need to Improve Your Brushing Technique
Which New Patient Questions Should You Always Ask When Going to a New Dental Office?
What Stress Does to Your Gums
Ideal Dental Goals for 2019
How Your Tongue Affects Your Breath
Ways of Getting Your Smile Ready for Photographs
There Are Many Myths About Root Canals - Do Not Let Them Stop You From Getting Treatment!
Dental Reviews Can Help You Find the Right Dentist
Could Sound Reduction Reduce Your Dental Anxiety?
Questions to Ask the Hygienist at Your Next Appointment
Problems You May Face with Overlapping Teeth
What Dry Mouth Can Do to Your Teeth
What Does the Most Damage to Your Tooth's Enamel?
Common Procedures That Fall Under Restorative Dentistry
Caring for Elderly Teeth is Different than Young Adult Teeth
Recovering from Receding Gums
Do Some People Tend to Get More Cavities?
Can Your Bite Get Adjusted?
Ways of Explaining Dental Pain When You Come See Us
Uncommon Things That Erode Your Enamel
Things to Do to Decrease Tooth Sensitivity Between Visits to Our Office
How Long Does a Socket Take to Heal?
Composite Resin Allows You to Get Veneers Without the Trimming!
Chewing Tobacco Hurts More Than Just Your Teeth
Do Some Foods Clean Off Common Dental Stains?
Do Dental Chips Need Repair?
Should You Make Homemade Mouthwash?

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