26
Mar

What Causes Teeth Grinding?

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The sound of teeth rubbing against each other is like nails on a chalkboard for some, and with this condition, also known as bruxism when it occurs involuntarily, is usually the result of bodily stress. It affects children and adults the same, and can be detrimental to the health and longevity of your pearly whites. Many people are unaware of how much strength and bite force the human jaw can generate, which is in excess of 200 pounds per square inch! That is more than enough to cause a significant amount of harm, so it’s easy to understand how damaging teeth clenching and grinding can be over time. What Happens when you Grind your Teeth? Chipping and premature wear are common in patients who suffer from Bruxism, as is frequent jaw discomfort and pain. The term comes from the Greek word which means to grind the upper and lower molars…

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20
Mar

What Can I Do If My Crown Cracked?

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A broken crown will definitely put a damper on anybody’s day. These devices are used by dentists to replace cracked or damaged teeth or implants. They act as an enclosure of sorts, completely enveloping the outer layer of the tooth, so as to protect it from further harm. Whether a patient is suffering from chipped teeth or a severe case of decay, the insertion of a crown can quickly remedy and restore the affected tooth to its normal condition. Given the purpose they serve, few people ever think they will have to call their dentist to fix a damaged crown. When your Crown Cracks, Call the Dentist Despite being comprised of highly durable materials, these synthetic replacements are not immune to wear and tear, or for that matter, blunt force trauma. It is worth emphasizing the fact that your natural teeth are far stronger than any man-made dental material will…

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12
Mar

Do Clean Teeth Protect Against Heart Disease?

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What you’ve heard is true, good oral hygiene just may save your life! Your parents were right when they told you that brushing and flossing every morning and night mattered, but you probably did not know they did this much. Numerous studies have been conducted on the link between oral health and other serious medical conditions, more so on the fact that periodontal disease and gingivitis are too often the causes of high blood pressure, heart disease, and even diabetes. A Healthy Smile means a Healthy Heart Although it could be scary to think about, this should be a wake-up call for everyone who has or is currently neglecting their mouths, as the correlations are strong and have raised a lot of concern in the medical community. This is why it’s imperative that you always keep your teeth clean and healthy. A mouth full of pearly whites is your first…

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6
Mar

3 Ways To Prevent Getting Food Stuck In Your Braces

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Many teenagers and adults rely on braces to fix bite issues, straighten teeth, and fix large gaps. Despite their former reputation for being large, protruding inconveniences, braces have certainly evolved over the years, and are now discreet (and in the case of Invisalign, invisible!) alternatives to poor mouth conditions. However, that doesn’t mean living with them is effortless. It can take time for patients to adjust to the newfound metal in their mouth, and depending on the patient, the troubles can range from having a difficult time speaking clearly to chewing differently than what one is normally used to. This brings us to an issue that some patients with braces find themselves facing; eating a meal can become a full blown challenge, especially when having to deal with food that becomes nestled inside the metal lining. Aside from the discomfort it can cause for the braces wearer, trapped food is…

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