You may need a nightgaurd and not be aware of it.
What are night guards?
A night guard is a device placed in the mouth on top of the teeth to help with grinding and clenching. Grinding and clenching often occurs when you're sleeping or under stress. This is a very common behavior, so don't feel like you're the only one with this problem. ON the other hand, you might not know if you grind your teeth, many people don't. Maybe the person you sleep with (Night Watch) will inform you of your loud grinding because it causes them to wake up. Your dentist or hygienist can confirm whether you grind or clench your teeth.
The night guard acts as a protective layer between your top and bottom teeth.These devices are also called occlusal guards, occlusal splints, or bite splints. Usually, the guard is made of plastic and is placed over some or all of the upper or lower teeth. They re-establish your natural space and protect your teeth from grinding or clenching together, which can cause you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles.
Night guards don’t stop you from clenching or grinding, but they serve as a cushion so that your teeth wear down the guard rather than your teeth. They also give your jaw a rest while you sleep. Plus, they can help you and your sleep partner aka Night Watch sleep better, too.
What happens during clenching?
When you grind your teeth, your teeth lose their protective outer layer, the enamel. And when your enamel is gone, it cannot be replaced, which can lead to tooth damage, like cavities or cracks.
Is wearing a night guard the only option?
Night guards are one of the most common treatments but they aren’t the only option.
Here are some things you can try to prevent or lessen your teeth grinding or clenching:
1. Limit your drinking of caffeine and alcohol.
2. Stop smoking, especially right before sleeping.
3. Use relaxation techniques before you go to bed, such as
listening to gentle music, meditating, or doing yoga.
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GETTING YOUR WISDOM TEETH REMOVED is such a common procedure these days that it’s almost a rite of passage among teenagers. But why do some of us have to get them out anyway, and why do we even have them in the first place? In today’s blog post we’re going to answer these and a few other common wisdom teeth questions!
Wisdom Teeth Are Remnants Of An Ancient Era
The most widely accepted theory about wisdom teeth’s origins goes back to our early human ancestors. Because they had a very different diet–mainly roots, raw meat and fibrous plants–they needed extra molars to grind up tough food. These days, we eat much softer foods. We also have smaller jaws that don’t fit in those third molars quite as well.
Wisdom Teeth Are Removed For A Number Of Reasons
While some people never get their wisdom teeth, they’ll show up for most of us between the ages of 17 and 21. Unfortunately, they don’t always come in the way they should, which is why a lot of us have to get them removed.
If your dentist recommends getting your wisdom teeth taken out, it could be for one of the following reasons:
Remember These Tips If You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Out
To facilitate healing after wisdom teeth removal, make sure you get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated and hot beverages for the first 24 to 48 hours. And of course, everyone’s favorite part of the healing process, eat soft foods such as ice cream, yogurt, and applesauce for the first day. You can add in broth-based soups one to two days after the procedure, but stay away from hard or chewy foods for one to two weeks.
We Want What’s Best For Your Smile
We treat wisdom teeth removal on a case-by-case basis. We will monitor them closely as they come in and together, we will make the best decision for your smile! And remember, having your third molars come in may cause some discomfort, but if it causes pain, come and see us immediately.
If your gums bleed when flossing, you probably need to change your dental care regimen a bit. That doesn't mean your mouth is unclean, but it can mean you need to floss more often. It's fairly common for gums to bleed when you first begin flossing between teeth, and as long as the bleeding stops quickly, it's not usually considered a problem. While it might feel like the opposite of what you should do, continue to floss daily.
Once you get into the habit of flossing regularly, you shouldn’t experience bleeding.
Here are a couple things you can do if your gums are bleeding.
Step Up Oral Care -
Bleeding gums is sometimes caused by plaque buildup along the gum-line. When you don't remove plaque in a timely manner, it hardens into tartar and continues to irritate the gums, which can cause them to bleed and can progress into different forms of gum disease. The best way to reduce plaque buildup and your risk for bleeding gums is to up your oral care routine.
Take a look at what your using -
Although it might seem that a toothbrush with medium or firm bristles cleans your teeth and gums more deeply or thoroughly, harder bristles usually just cause irritation to your gums. Use a soft bristle brush to prevent gum irritation and damage to your tooth enamel. In some cases, it might not be the tools that are causing the bleeding, but the way you're using them. If you've been out of the habit of flossing, start again. You might see a bit of blood, remember to always use a gentle hand and avoid pressing the floss against your teeth and gums too hard.
Consider Medications -Certain medicines also increase the likelihood that your gums will bleed. Always talk to your doctor if you think a medication is causing side effects, even if they seem mild.
See your dentist - The Dentist will do an exam and evaluate your oral health. In some cases, bleeding gums are no big deal, but in certain instances can warrant professional treatment.
Have you had your oral cancer screening this year? Early detection is the key- schedule an appointment to get checked.
Four ways to have a more kissable Valentine mouth.
*Beware of Bad Breath
Brushing and flossing regularly can keep the bacteria count down in your mouth. Bacteria is a big cause of bad breath. It may also helps to chew sugarless gum or use mouth rinse.
*Share a Toothbrush?
Sharing a toothbrush may seem like a fine idea for you and your love since you share everything else. This is not a good idea since sharing a toothbrush means sharing germs also.
*Smoking and Chewing Tobacco
Smoking and chewing tobacco gives you bad breath and stains your teeth. It also smells bad. People who smoke or chew are twice as likely to have gum disease, not to mention oral cancer.
Regular dental visits can help keep your teeth in great shape. You can also get cleaning techniques along with advice on keeping your smile fresh.
Fluoride has been raising some controversy lately. Should municipal water be fluorinated? How much fluoride is too much? According to the American Dental Academy (ADA), this naturally found mineral can prevent cavities and even repair teeth in the early stages of tooth decay. Here are some basic facts about fluoride.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible. Fluoride is the best cavity fighter to help keep the whole family's teeth strong — no matter their ages* Fluoride is one of several examples of everyday products fortified to improve our health — iodine is added to salt, folic acid is added to breads and cereals, and Vitamin D is added to milk.
*Fluoride should only be used by children ages 2 and up, or as directed by a dentist
How Does Fluoride Strengthen Your Teeth?
When it reaches your teeth, fluoride is absorbed into the enamel. It helps to repair the enamel by replenishing the lost calcium and phosphorous to keep your teeth hard. This process is called remineralization. When fluoride is present during remineralization, the minerals deposited into the tooth enamel help strengthen your teeth and prevent dissolution during the next demineralization phase. Thus, fluoride helps stop the decay process and prevent tooth decay.
How to Use Fluoride
You can get the benefits of fluoride from different places. It can work from an external source and from the inside of your body. To work the best, you need to get it from both. At home, you and your family should brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day for two minutes, especially after eating breakfast and before bedtime.
If you are at risk for tooth decay or aren't getting enough fluoride in your drinking water, your dentist may recommend fluoride treatments at the office. With these types of treatments, your dentist or dental hygienist will use a foam fluoride that is applied to the teeth for one minute. After a fluoride foam treatment, you can eat or drink thirty minutes later. The dental professionals also use a fluoride gel or varnish that they paint on. The dental professional will recommend that you avoid eating or drinking for up to two to four hours pending on the type of fluoride gel or varnish that is being used.
To learn more about how Fluoride Varnish in the primary dentition can prevent caries Please follow the link below!
The study is available at https://www.iqwig.de/en/press/press-releases/fluoride-varnish-in-the-primary-dentition-can-prevent-caries.8921.html.
*Floss Every Day
Nobody loves to floss but it is an important tool to help reduce gum disease and tooth decay in hard to reach places between your teeth. You will also benefit from fresher breath.
*Brush the Full Two Minutes
Studies have shown that most Americans brush their teeth for significantly less than one minute! Brushing for the full two minutes can improve your oral hygiene. Use a timer or an electric toothbrush with a built in timer. Of course you could also hum the theme of Jeopardy four times. One for each quadrant of your mouth. That will be a total of approximately two minutes.
*Avoid Acidic Foods
Acidic foods can be highly damaging to your mouth. Sodas and sports drinks are among the worst. Try cutting down on the amount of these you drink and remember to rinse your mouth with water after each one.
*Cut Down on Staining Foods
We all love a beautiful white smile. Many foods we consume can be very staining to our teeth. Some of the culprits are coffee, tea, red wine and even berries. Try limiting these food types. For a brighter smile, you could also consider a whitening treatment.
*Less Snacking Between Meals
Cutting down on snacks will protect your teeth and your waistline. Snacking gives oral bacteria additional food that can then turn into acid attacking your mouth. Again try rinsing with water after each snack.
*See Your Dentist
Finally a great resolution for the new year is to see your dentist at least twice a year. If you have been putting off your regular dental checks ups, this is the time to get started. Don't put it off any longer. If it's anxiety that keeps you away, remember...WE CATER TO COWARDS!!
Aligners need to stay on your teeth in order to work!
It turns out the scariest part of Halloween may not be the ghosts and goblins, but microscopic bacteria that causes cavities—not to mention the dental health habits of the U.S. population.
Halloween is fun for families, but certain types of candy combined with poor dental care habits can really be frightening. It’s always good to think about oral health, but Halloween is an especially important time since so many Americans will indulge in sweet treats.
The post-Halloween season is the perfect time to receive a checkup as indulging in sugary foods metabolizes sugar and produces acids that quickly eat away at tooth enamel if not removed.
To reduce the risk, we suggest that people:
Genuine smiles are shown to help you reduce stress. Take advantage of the stress relief benefits of smiling by smiling both during and after stressful activities to help lessen the effects of stress on your body.
By smiling, internal and external positive changes start happening right away. For example, smiling makes you appear more friendly, trustworthy and approachable. By smiling, you become more inviting than when you are not. This simple tweak allows connections with others, leaving you feeling less isolated or alone, which is important in feeling better.
Smiling is good for you and for others. Have you noticed how hard it is to not smile back at a genuine smile? And, in smiling, you might just make some one’s day better.
Some research has shown that when we smile, we train our brains into positive thinking. Smiling on a daily basis, helps create a positive mood and begins to create a habit in your brain to default towards feeling of happiness
There truly is power in a smile!. We hope you SMILE, because smiling is good for you!