Night Guards for Clenching and Grinding

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the grinding of teeth. Biting forces in bruxism are significantly stronger than regular chewing. These biting forces can wear down teeth and joints as well as create jaw muscle soreness. 

How common is Bruxism?

Bruxism occurs in about one in every 10 people. Most dental patients are unaware of their bruxism, largely because it occurs at night while we are sleeping. It is usually the patient’s spouse who notices the bruxism because they can see and hear the grinding of teeth. 

What are some signs of Bruxism?

Signs of Bruxism include bulging size of the chewing muscles, mobility of teeth, wear and fracture of teeth, fillings, crowns and dentures, as well as recession of gums.  

What is Clenching?

Clenching is a bad habit that is difficult to control. This habit involves the constant application of force by the bottom and top teeth. Clenching has many of the signs also found in bruxism.

What is a Nightguard?

A nightguard is a dental appliance made from a hard acrylic that is typically worn at night while sleeping. When worn properly, nightguards can make a world of difference for bruxers and clenchers by reducing the wear on teeth, as well as preventing the fracture and failure of crowns, fillings and dental implants. 

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5 Oral Health Tips for a Great First Impression at the Dentist

Your smile is one of the first things people notice!...so why not make a great first impression?

Yes, it takes a little time and effort, but keeping a healthy smile is beneficial to your health and your image. Just remember, a healthy smile is a beautiful smile.

Here are some tips on how to keep a healthy smile:

Tip 1. Brushing

Brushing twice a day will not only make your teeth look and feel fresh, but will give you better smelling breath for those close encounters. I recommend brushing once in the morning after breakfast and once in the evening before bed. Brush with fluoride containing toothpaste for 2-3min. And you know that cute girl in the cubicle next to you with the everlasting fresh breath?...yep, she carries a toothbrush with her to work, so don't be afraid to keep one in your purse or desk drawer.

Tip 2: Flossing

Dental floss reaches areas your toothbrush can't go, those in-between the teeth spots. Flossing not only removes the food stuck between your teeth, but also bacterial plaque that cause cavities and bad breath. Floss at least once a day, twice if you're really dedicated to your oral health.

Tip 3: Eating Healthy

A well-balanced diet includes fruits, vegetables, proteins such as chicken and fish, and carbs such as whole wheat bread and grains. Blueberries, pomegranate and green tea contain bacteria-fighting antioxidants. Yogurts and cheeses contain probiotics and calcium that regulate bacteria and strengthen tooth enamel. Avoid colas, the citric and phosphoric acids in soda wear away tooth enamel, and the high content of sugar contributes to plaque build-up and formation of cavities. 

Tip 4: Drinking Water

Water works on so many levels. Water hydrates gums and lips, leaving them healthy and supple. Water maintains balanced electrolytes throughout your oral cavity and entire body. Water rinses excess bacteria from your mouth. Water combats plaque build-up and bad breath. Water is a healthy alternative to juices and sodas.

Tip 5: Having A Great Dentist

If you're gonna visit the dentist every six months, and make a potentially lifelong relationship, make sure its someone who is passionate about dentistry and your well being. Your six-month dental visit includes a professional cleaning and comprehensive exam, including checkup for cavities, evaluation of gum health and oral cancer screening of your entire mouth. The best way to avoid tooth decay is prevention through regular checkup and cleanings. Prevention is your best investment!

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Brush + Floss Daily To Prevent Heart Disease

CaN bad oral healtH lead to heart disease? 

It's no surprise that proper brushing and flossing are the key to healthy teeth and gums, but good oral health care is also important to keep your heart happy and healthy!

Atherosclerosis develops when plaque builds up in the arteries, causing your arteries to become harder and narrower. When your arteries are blocked, it is very difficult for blood to flow through which can lead to heart attacks and strokes!

HOW CAN I KEEP  MY ARTERIES IN HEALTHY? 

Keep brushing and flossing every day! Recent studies have shown that periodontal disease and atherosclerosis are paralleled - as your gum health improves, the progression of atherosclerosis slows down! Hooray!

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