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Damage That Comes from Clenching Your Teeth
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Kelly Hong
Many of our patients suffer from a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism is a term used for patients who clench their teeth. Clenching your teeth is a common problem and is usually associated with anxiety or stress. Some people do this during the day, but many people clench their teeth when they are sleeping and are completely unaware that they suffer from the condition. Symptoms you could have that would alert you to suffering from bruxism are waking up with a headache for no apparent reason. You could also have jaw pain, earaches or unexplained general facial pain. Since these are rather innocuous symptoms you are unlikely to associate them with something related to your teeth. What Can Happen if I Keep Doing This? If you keep clenching your teeth you could end up losing enamel on the surfaces of your teeth. This can make it easier for bacteria to enter your tooth and cause tooth decay which results in cavities. It can also cause you to lose a tooth. Fortunately, bruxism leaves telltale signs that we can discover on your regular office visit. The surface of your teeth will be uneven or we can see other unusual wear patterns that suggest bruxism. Simply telling a patient to reduce the stress they are under is not a solution. In most cases, that simply is not possible. What we can do, however, is help protect your teeth until you can reduce the cause of your teeth grinding or clenching. We can make an appliance, like a mouthguard, that you can wear at night. When you wear it, even if you grind or clench, it protects your teeth from the damage. It absorbs some of the force of clenching and it completely protects your teeth from the damage caused by grinding your teeth....

Could Your Oral Health Improve with Fluoride Treatments?
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Kelly Hong
Fluoride is an important mineral that people need in order to have strong and healthy teeth and gums. Our hygienists provide fluoride treatments to those that want to have stronger, well protected teeth. It is recommended for children to have the treatment done once they have their teeth cleaned. In addition to this, those that have well water, which does not have the mineral in it, should consider fluoride supplements in order to help build healthier, stronger teeth overall. Fluoride is also a common ingredient that is found in toothpaste and mouthwash. It is also found in traditional tap water as most, if not all, municipalities add fluoride into the water supply to help make sure residents are getting this vital mineral. Other supplements and vitamins can help to build stronger teeth and gums, but fluoride is always recommended by our office to our patients. Benefits of Having Fluoride Treatments Fluoride is beneficial to us all because it can help to rebuild weakened enamel on the teeth. It can also slow down the loss of minerals inside the tooth enamel. If you have tooth decay in the early stages, you can slow or stop the progression with proper care, including cleanings and fluoride treatments. It also helps to prevent harmful bacteria growth in the mouth that could potentially lead to more serious forms of tooth decay. Fluoride has been shown to provide numerous other benefits of using it regularly, especially drinking it in water. Even smaller trace amounts can help boost the strength and integrity of your teeth. When it comes to fluoride, every little bit helps. For further information regarding fluoride or other types of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that could possibly help provide you with a healthier smile, speak with us here at our dental office. We would be more than happy to answer all of your questions and help however we can....

It Is Important to Eat Only the Right Foods Following Any Type of Oral Surgery
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Kelly Hong
If you are about to have oral surgery, or someone in your family is, it is really important that you figure out ahead of time what you and your loved ones can eat, and what they can't eat. While we caution you to be careful with your food choices while you are taking care of your teeth, it is really important to take care of your teeth, gums and oral structures after you have oral surgery. If oral surgery is in your future, keep reading. We have some suggestions on the importance of oral health after your surgery is done. Nutrition to Promote Healing The point in using nutrition to promote healing is a very important part of your oral recovery. In fact, maintaining a nutritious diet is one way to maintain a diet that helps you feel better, increases your healing potential, and minimizes discomfort from surgery. Some Rules to Help You Out First, be sure that whether you are eating a completely liquid diet or a soft food diet once you're done with surgery, you need to make sure you are eating a balanced plate. For example, you need dietary protein to aid in your healing. If you are drinking a smoothie, for example, add some protein or whey powder. You could also add yogurt. While getting fruits and vegetables into your diet will help your mouth tissues heal, it is also important that you are careful about acidic fruits and vegetables. For example, you may want to avoid oranges, lemons, limes, tomatoes, onions, and grapefruit, because all of these fruits and vegetables have acids that could cause burning in your mouth. You may also want to limit your food intake to a little at a time, so that your mouth has time to adjust. Don't move rapidly from very hot food to very cold food. Give your mouth a chance to adjust. If you have questions about a recent surgery, or you think you might need oral surgery, why not give us a call? We will be happy to discuss your possible surgery with you....

All Posts:
Damage That Comes from Clenching Your Teeth
Could Your Oral Health Improve with Fluoride Treatments?
It Is Important to Eat Only the Right Foods Following Any Type of Oral Surgery
How to Tell if a Filling Breaks
Your Oral Health Can Improve from Yoga!
Why Telling Us About Dental Fears Can Give You the Strength to Overcome Them
Importance of Two Dental Visits Each Year
If You Regularly Snack on Fresh Produce, It Can Leave You With a Whiter, Healthier Smile
Talking with Us During Your Visits Helps Ensure You Get the Care You Need
Taking Care of Your Teeth After Adult Braces
Could Changing Your Toothpaste Make Brushing More Fun?
Coconut Oil Can Be Used as a Mouthwash
Ways of Keeping Your Enamel Thick and Strong
Understanding the Importance of Healthy Taste Buds
When Struggling with Morning Sickness, You Must Protect Your Teeth
What to Do to Ease Cold Sensitivity in Your Teeth
Any Form of Tobacco is a Dental Danger
3 Most Common Mistakes with Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Medicines to Help with a Tooth Ache Until We Can See You
How Do Crunchy Vegetables Improve Your Oral Health?
How Certain Types of Gum Can Help Improve Your Oral Health
What Materials Make up Composite Fillings?
What Happens When You Brush Too Much?
The Different Stages of Dental Decay
How Does Lupus Affect Your Oral Health?
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