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You've probably heard it from your mom: Pierce your tongue and it'll fall off - which...it won't. But oral piercings do cause dental problems.
Transcript: You've probably heard it from your mom: Pierce your tongue and it'll fall off -. WHICH...it won't. But...
You've probably heard it from your mom: Pierce your tongue and it'll fall off -. WHICH...it won't. But oral piercings DO cause dental problems. In general, ANY oral piercing-- no matter where you put it -- opens you up to an array of oral issues and infections. A tongue piercing can result in difficulty chewing and swallowing food, and even speaking clearly, since the jewelry stimulates excess saliva production. Nerve damage is another issue you can face, along with allergic reactions to the metal in the jewelry. Even your sense of taste can be altered. Oral piercings can also impact your TEETH. Lip, cheek and tongue piercings can all result in chipped and cracked teeth. Plus these piercings have a tendency to wear away tooth enamel. In a tongue piercing or in a frenum piercing--which is the flap of tissue connecting your upper lip to your gum-- the ball of the piercing can damage the tooth enamel on the FRONT two teeth, and it can also wear away the soft gum tissue, causing irreversible gum recession. Since it takes 1- 2 months for lip, cheek and tongue piercings to heal, there's plenty of time for an infection to set in, AND taking the piercing in and out of the mouth can also increase the risk of infection by introducing outside bacteria. Even the herpes simplex virus and hepatitis B and C can be spread during an oral piercing. And in rare cases, Endocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart, can occur if bacteria enter the bloodstream and lodge on the heart valves. While it's not POSSIBLE to PIERCE your TEETH, some people fake it by placing JEWELS in to drilled out holes. This is also a BAD idea. Drilling into the tooth can cause sensitivity, and if you drill too deep, the nerve of the tooth can die and you'll wind up needing a ROOT CANAL. Gum issues are also common, as the jewels are magnets for plaque and tartar buildup. Now if you're set on getting a piercing-- MAKE SURE the shop has a health certificate in clear view and uses disposable gloves and wrapped and sterilized disposable instruments and jewelry . But understand, you will wind up with problems. For more information on how to keep your oral health in shape, check out other videos in this series.More »
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If the bacterial balance in your mouth gets thrown off, it can develop into a sometimes painful yeast infection. Watch this video for tips on keeping the balance and treating the infection.
Transcript: Did you know you've got YEAST in your mouth? Don't worry, it's NORMAL. But if the bacterial balance in...
Did you know you've got YEAST in your mouth? Don't worry, it's NORMAL. But if the bacterial balance in your mouth gets thrown off, it can develop into a sometimes painful yeast INFECTION. And yes, it's the SAME STRAIN of yeast that causes vaginal infections. Known as THRUSH or CANDIDIASIS, an ORAL yeast infection is typically the result of an overgrowth of fungal organisms triggered by certain medications such as corticosteroids, antibiotics and birth control pills. These medicines have been known to upset the bacterial balance in the mouth. But it CAN ALSO be caused by an unbalanced diet or the extended use of hydrogen peroxide-based rinses.. Diabetics, cancer and AIDS patients are also susceptible because of their compromised immune systems. Thrush is very common in INFANTS who haven't developed the full spectrum of oral bacteria, and also in denture-wearers since these bacteria can fester beneath the false teeth. You'll know you have an oral yeast infection if you notice creamy white, slightly raised lesions on your tongue, inner cheeks, roof of the mouth, gums, tonsils, or back of the throat. The tissue beneath the white patches will be red and inflamed if the whitish layer is removed. Swallowing can be painful and the lesions have a tendency to bleed when scraped by food or irritated while brushing. If left untreated, candidiasis can spread to the esophagus, lungs, liver, and skin. But an anti-fungal antibiotic, combined with better hygiene and diet can usually clear it up in 10 to 14 days. To PREVENT an oral yeast infection MAKE SURE you're brushing and flossing at least twice a day, avoid rinses that'll throw off the PH balance in your mouth, and try to cut back on sugar and yeast-containing foods, since these encourage candida growth. For more info on how to keep your oral health in shape, check out other videos in this series.More »
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With so many things to do and think about during pregnancy, your teeth may not be on your mind--but they should be. Watch this to learn about dental care and pregnancy.
Transcript: When you're pregnant, the LAST thing on your mind is your oral health. But focusing on your oral health...
When you're pregnant, the LAST thing on your mind is your oral health. But focusing on your oral health DURING pregnancy, will ensure you better oral - and OVERALL - health for both you AND your baby. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to pregnancy gingivitis and other gum diseases, which in turn, CAN affect the health of your developing baby. Bacteria and toxins can spread through pockets between your gums and teeth and into the circulatory system you and your baby share. Periodontal inflammation has been associated with premature birth and low birth weight, possibly putting your unborn baby at risk for conditions such as, cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease, and possibly even death. In fact, pregnant women with gum disease are SIX TIMES more likely to deliver their babies early than women with healthy gums. [slight pause] "Pregnancy tumors," can appear on the gums during your pregnancy, most often in the second trimester. These bleeding, painful growths are usually found BETWEEN the teeth and are caused by hormonal changes in conjunction with excess plaque buildup from inadequate oral hygiene. You should immediately see your dentist if they occur. While removing the plaque from your teeth helps control the size of the tumor, you may have to wait until after the baby is born....and possibly even AFTER you're done nursing before they totally disappear. Occasionally, the tumors may even have to be surgically removed. The best thing you can do to PREVENT dental issues while pregnant, is to see your dentist regularly, and IF YOU CAN, take care of any EXISTING oral issues BEFORE getting pregnant. Besides cleanings, dental treatment should be avoided, if possible during the first trimester,-- which is a critical development period for the baby, as well as in the second half of the third trimester when you're close to giving birth. Remember to tell your dentist about ALL of your prenatal vitamins and other medications. There's a chance some could have adverse oral affects on you and the baby. The antibiotic TETRACYCLINE for example, can affect tooth development and should not be given during pregnancy. Also, dental x-rays should be avoided unless they're absolutely necessary. If they're needed, make certain your dentist uses a lead apron and takes digital x-rays, which expose you to a lot less radiation. Good oral hygiene can prevent most pregnancy-related dental issues, but it also helps to avoid sugary foods and keep a balanced diet. Your baby's first teeth are developing about three months into your pregnancy, which is when you have an increased need for dairy to provide minerals for teeth, gums, and bones. For more info on how to keep your oral health in shape, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Dry mouth is a very uncomfortable condition, but it is manageable! Watch this video to learn about dry mouth treatment.
Transcript: Ever have that feeling like you've got a mouth full of cotton? Or sand? That's what dry mouth -- or xerostomia...
Ever have that feeling like you've got a mouth full of cotton? Or sand? That's what dry mouth -- or xerostomia - can feel like, and it results from a decrease in saliva production. Healthy adults make about THREE PINTS of saliva a day --if you're curious to know. Dry mouth syndrome is most often caused by medications, such as antihistamines and decongestants, antidepressants, painkillers and diuretics, and it's usually temporary. Certain medical conditions such as, Sjgren's Syndrome, diabetes or stroke can also result in decreased saliva production. And people often feel their mouths are dry when they have high stress and anxiety. It's also common for oral radiation therapy during oral cancer treatments to affect salivary gland production. Even hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause can bring on dry mouth. You USUALLY know if you've got dry mouth. Your saliva can feel thick and sticky. Your tongue will become rough and dry and your throat sore. You'll also have difficulty swallowing, chewing or talking. Without enough saliva to wash away harmful bacteria,--- bad breath and gum disease can develop---; in addition to cavities along the roots of the teeth. Even your sense of TASTE may start to change without enough saliva. The good news? Dealing with dry mouth usually ISN'T too difficult. Sucking on sugar-free candy and chewing on sugar-free gum can stimulate saliva flow. Drinking WATER frequently--- NOT coffee, soda or alcohol -along with sucking on ice chips will also help moisturize your mouth. There are also special oral rinses, sprays and gels, as well as artificial saliva substitutes available at drugstores that will help with lubrication. If you're on medication and these remedies don't help, you should speak with your physician about changing your medication if possible. For more information on how to keep your oral health in shape, check out other videos in this series.More »
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There are conflicting opinions about fluoride. Watch our video for more information about its uses and advantages.
Transcript: You might be confused about whether adding fluoride to drinking water or dental hygiene products is a...
You might be confused about whether adding fluoride to drinking water or dental hygiene products is a good or bad thing. Well, you're NOT alone. Health care professionals, and even local politicians, have been arguing over fluoride's virtues and vices for decades. So what's the debate all about? Here's a quick run down of the different points of view in the great fluoride debate.First, exactly what IS fluoride and why is it used to promote oral health?Fluoride is an element that occurs naturally in many foods, soil and water. In our bodies it has the unique ability to attract calcium, a building block of bones and teeth. It helps keep teeth cavity-free by making the tooth surface harder by actually remineralizing tooth enamel as it goes through its life cycle.That's why manufacturers add fluoride to products like mouthwashes and toothpastes, and municipalities put fluoride in the local water supply. According to the American Dental Association, fluoridation of municipal water supplies has REDUCED Americans' f tooth decay rate by 50 to 60 PERCENT over the last 60 years. But OPPONENTS of fluoridation point out that those statistics are not as impressive as they might seem at first glance. Recent analysis shows that communities NOT using fluoridated water have still seen an 18 to 40 percent reduction in rates of tooth decay during the same time span. The reason? The increased use of fluoridated toothpastes and the popularity of bottled waters. Because of the increase in these supplemental fluoride sources, those arguing AGAINST adding fluoride to drinking water say that people may be consuming too MUCH fluoride. And opponents are particularly concerned that it will harm children.You see, while topical fluoride is MOST useful for stopping decay in ADULT teeth, for children, particularly those 8 or younger, too high a concentration of ingested fluoride can actually trigger a condition called FLUOROSIS. Mild cases of fluorosis cause whitish spots to form on the enamel, making the rest of the tooth look yellowed in comparison. In more severe cases, where fluoride mineralizes on the outer layer of the teeth, you can get ugly discoloration, cracking, and pitting of the enamel. Ironically, this cracking and pitting exposes the dentin, the soft layer underneath the enamel, making the teeth MORE susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. Some experts also worry that fluoridated water is harmful for the ELDERLY, people with calcium and magnesium deficiencies, and people with certain kidney diseases. These folks MAY be more susceptible to a painful bone disease called SKELETALl FLUOROSIS. And others argue that there's no TRUE way to know for sure just how much fluoride is being put into their water supplies.To find out how much fluoride is in your tap water, you can contact your local or state health department, or your local water supplier. The World Health Organization set a general concentration guideline of 1.5 miligram of fluoride per liter in drinking water to avoid adverse effects. In AMERICA the guidelines are even lower, 1 part per million which is about the same as 1.0 milligram per liter. This guideline was reduced recently by the Dept of Health and Human Services to reflect the realities of the additional fluorides that are present in the population's food and water intake. So if you're worried that you're getting too much fluoride, talk to your dentist to evaluate your fluoride levels.For more information on how to keep your teeth healthy and shining, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-29 | Tags »
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Grinding or clenching your teeth, impacted wisdom teeth, or misaligned teeth can make you vulnerable to headaches. But combine them with chronic stress, and you've really got a headache. Watch this for tips on combating the pain!
Transcript: Grinding or clenching your teeth, impacted wisdom teeth, or misaligned teeth CAN make you vulnerable...
Grinding or clenching your teeth, impacted wisdom teeth, or misaligned teeth CAN make you vulnerable to headaches. But combine them with chronic STRESS, and you've REALLY got a headache.Stress can TRIGGER the contraction of your neck and facial muscles. This can cause nerves in the muscles to fire rapidly , putting the muscles in spasm. This added tension, PLUS existing tension from underlying oral issues, radiates to the head causing a tension headache. If tooth grinding is a cause your headaches, the simplest fix is to have your dentist make you a custom-fitted mouth guard. The ones you can buy at the drugstore and mold at home can actually cause more harm than good. A well-made mouth guard will keep your jaw joint, also called the temporomandibular or TMJ joint, from being overworked and causing painful tension in nearby muscles. The t mouth guard will also keep you from clenching your teeth and from grinding the protective enamel coating off of your teeth. When the enamel is worn away, the sensitive underlying dentin is exposed, making it easier for hot or cold drinks and foods, and even chewing pressure, to irritate the tooth's nerves and trigger a headache. If you have misaligned teeth, or your bite is off, an orthodontist, periodontist or prosthodontist should take a look, since you may need braces to correct the malocclusion and remedy your headaches. To find out if crowded or impacted wisdom teeth ARE contributing to your headaches, your dentist will X-ray those teeth. If that's the problem, the simplest cure is to remove the troublesome tooth.Talk to your dentist if you think one of these factors is triggering your headaches. There ARE solutions, both to your headache and in managing chronic stress complications. For more on how to keep your oral health in shape, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Periodontal disease--or gum disease--has the potential to not only ruin your gums but also cause bone loss. Check out this video to learn the connection between periodontal disease and bone loss.
Transcript: Good oral hygiene depends upon daily brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings....
Good oral hygiene depends upon daily brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings. But the rewards are huge! You can avoid all kinds of potential problems including gum disease AND bone and tooth loss.Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, starts out as gingivitis. This is a mild irritation of the gum caused by a build up of tartar. It can cause the gums to redden, swell and bleed. Gingivitis is usually the result of poor oral hygiene, but smoking, aging, genetics, stress and certain medications can also trigger problems. If you don't take action to reverse it, you can end up with periodontitis. Periodontitis develops when bacteria and plaque build up and spread below the gum line as the toxins from the bacteria trigger the body's chronic inflammatory response, and contribute to the breakdown of the supporting tissue AND jaw bone.When this happens, spaces, known as pockets, form between the gums and teeth where bacteria can thrive and cause infection. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets become deeper causing more gum tissue and bone to be destroyed. This can eventually lead to tooth loss.There are several ways to treat periodontal disease, both surgically and non-surgically, including root planing, scaling, flap surgery, bone grafting and guided tissue regeneration. If your periodontitis is less advanced,your dentist MAY recommend topical antibiotics but antibiotics in pill form may also be needed to fully treat the infection.But if you're diligent about oral care and DON'T SMOKE, chances are you'll never have to deal with the problems this kind of gum disease can cause.More »
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Bridges and implants are both viable options to close that gap between your teeth. Watch this video to learn the difference between the two and to find out which one suits your needs best.
Transcript: If you've got one or more loose or missing permanent teeth, they can be replaced with either a dental...
If you've got one or more loose or missing permanent teeth, they can be replaced with either a dental bridge or an implant. But how do you choose between bridges versus implants? FIXED bridges are permanent structures replacing one or more teeth; they are attached to the adjacent remaining teeth.FIXED bridges CAN be problematic though. In order to place a dental bridge, your adjacent anchor teeth may need to be filed down to get a proper fit and this can potentially lead to bone loss or root canal problems in those healthy teeth.Another thing to consider-FIXED dental bridges are cemented over the anchor teeth and the cement seal can loosen over time.There are also REMOVABLE bridges that can be taken in and out of your mouth. These have replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base and may have metal clasps that hook on to adjacent teeth or alternatively be clasp-less. Sometimes crowns are put on your adjacent teeth to help the removable bridge fit more securely.As for dental IMPLANTS, they can replace a single tooth, several teeth or may support a full set of dentures. In each instance, an oral surgical procedure is necessary to insert the implant, which is a titanium post, into the jawbone below the gum line. After the implant fuses to the bone, a replacement crown is attached to the metal post. This is a multi-step process, that takes several months to complete and proper care needs to be taken at every stage. The replacement teeth that fit over the metal posts may be permanent or removable. When they are removable they are called implant-supported dentures. All implant restorations should look like your natural teeth once the process is completed. The ideal candidate for dental implants is someone who is in good oral health and has enough bone to support the implant. One of the benefits of implants is that they almost always successfully fuse with your existing bone and this helps minimize future bone loss.All in all, both bridges and implants are viable options depending upon your budget and your needs.More »
Last Modified: 2014-02-18 | Tags »
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It's not uncommon for adults to lose their teeth. Luckly, dentures and bridges can help fill in those gaps. Watch this video to learn about the different types of dentures and bridges.
Transcript: Nearly 69 percent of adults between 35 and 44 have lost at least ONE tooth from injury, decay, gum disease...
Nearly 69 percent of adults between 35 and 44 have lost at least ONE tooth from injury, decay, gum disease or a failed root canal. Luckily a lost tooth-or teeth-- can be replaced with an individual implant or with bridges and dentures. Typically, bridges are used to replace one to four teeth, IF the teeth oneither side are intact. This allows your good teeth to be used as anchors for the replacement bridge. There are three types of bridges. Fixed bridges have crowns on the teeth on either end with false teeth attached in between. The crowns slip over your natural teeth to allow the false tooth-or teeth-- to fit smoothly into your mouth.With resin-bonded bridges, false teeth are glued to the adjacent teeth with metal bands. They're better suited to the front of the mouth where less stress is placed on your teeth.There are also cantilever bridges, which are also much like fixed bridges, but they only have an anchor tooth on one side of the missing tooth instead of both sides.Partial DENTURES can also replace several teeth-but unlike a bridge, the teeth they replace don't have to be adjacent to one another. Partial dentures can be made of an acrylic base that rests on top of your gum line so they are removable or they may be permanently attached to implants that are fused to your jawbone.It used to be that complete dentures could be placed 8-12 weeks after your teeth had been removed and your gums had healed. But today, most people opt for immediate dentures that are placed at the same time the teeth are extracted. The advantages of immediate dentures are that you never have to go around without any teeth, but in about 6 months, after your gums heal and the underlying bone has healed and changed shape, you'll need to have the denture relined or get an entirely one. And that can be costly.For more information on how to choose the best tooth replacement option for you, watch the other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2014-02-19 | Tags »
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Believe it or not, dentists can actually dtect whether or not you have osteoporosis, a bone disease reduces the strength of your bones. Watch this video to learn how dentists detect osteoporosis and what you can do to prevent the disease.
Transcript: Osteoporosis is a bone disease that gradually reduces the strength and density of your bones. And believe...
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that gradually reduces the strength and density of your bones. And believe it or not, your dentist may be the first health care professional to notice you have it.Studies show that there is a link between low bone density and tooth loss. Tooth loss is three times more likely in women with osteoporosis than it is in those who don't have the disease.Regular dental exams and X-rays can help dentists detect bone loss in your jaw and around your teeth. Today, the National Institute of Arthritis and Skin Diseases recognizes dental X-rays as a screening tool for osteoporosis. The most widely used treatments for osteoporosis are drugs called bisphosphonates. These medications slow your bones' natural cycle of breakdown and regrowth so you retain more bone mass.The most common bisphosphonate is alendronate or Fosamax. It has been associated with very rare but severe side effects. A small number of people have apparently random fractures of the femur and a small number of others experience infection and death of the jaw bone. To protect all your bones and your teeth, the smart step is to PREVENT osteoporosis. Make sure your diet includes calcium-, magnesium- , phosphorus- and vitamin-D-rich foods such as leafy greens, dairy products and almonds. And get a blood test to check your vitamin D levels--many people are deficient-and take a supplement if your levels are low. Regular aerobic and weight-bearing exercise is also essential for bone health. Aim for at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity a day and strength building work outs 2-3 days a week.For more information on dental health, watch the other videos in this seriesMore »
Last Modified: 2014-01-10 | Tags »
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Dental digital imagery is very useful in dental treatment. Check out this video to find out more about today's technology.
Transcript: In a world of constant technological improvement, it's no surprise that dental offices are trading in...
In a world of constant technological improvement, it's no surprise that dental offices are trading in traditional x-ray machines for sophisticated digital imaging systems. But is new always better? Traditional x-ray machines send rays THROUGH your mouth where they are either absorbed by the hard tissue of your teeth OR pass through the soft tissue of your gums. The resulting film, or radiograph, reveals any potential problems below the tooth surface and gum line, such as decay, root damage or bone loss. Newer digital x-rays do the same thing, but expose you to far lower levels of radiation. Research shows REPEATED exposure to radiation can INCREASE your risk of cancer. With digital imaging, the x-ray is immediately available for the dentist and can be instantly emailed to referring doctors and insurance companies for faster treatment and compensation. A second type of technology now being used is cone beam CT scanning. This takes 3D image of your teeth and jaws. These images are extremely helpful for dentists performing oral surgery, especially when placing dental implants. Again, these newer machines expose you to just a fraction of the amount of radiation you'd get with regular CT scanners. If all this radiation talk has you freaked out, there are precautions you and your dentist could-AND SHOULD--take. Even with digital x-rays, your dentist should cover your body with a lead bib. If you're pregnant, let your dentist know. He or she may skip the x-ray or if it is an emergency, cover your body the right way to protect the baby. How healthy your teeth are determines how often you should get x-rays. If you're prone to cavities you might need a new set every 6 months while others can go every couple years. If you switch dentists, get copies of your past films to avoid having to take repeats. For more ways to protect your teeth, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Does diabetes have an impact on your teeth? Watch this for the connection between diabetes & your teeth.
Transcript: If you're one of the 23.6 million Americans with diabetes, you know that taking care of your body is...
If you're one of the 23.6 million Americans with diabetes, you know that taking care of your body is extra important. And that goes for your mouth as well. Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you're at a higher risk of dental problems. Why? Well, diabetes causes blood vessels to thicken, putting a roadblock in the way of getting key nutrients flowing into your gums, and getting harmful elements out. This slowdown of normal blood flow weakens your gums and teeth, making them prone to infections such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. And if you're a smoker, your gum disease risk is MULTIPLIED. Also, because diabetics heal more slowly, gum infections are more severe and frequent. If left untreated, gum disease can wear away at your gums and jawbone. If your gums are swollen, irritated, or bleeding, see your dentist RIGHT away. Keeping your blood glucose levels in check is vital. The higher your blood sugar levels, the higher the risk you'll get cavities. The sugars and starches in your saliva mix with the natural bacteria in your mouth, creating plaque. The more sugars in your system, the more plaque there is to sit on your teeth and erode the enamel. A side effect of diabetes that can ALSO contribute to cavities is dry mouth. Saliva washes away leftover food and helps excess bacteria from growing. If your mouth stays dry for long periods of time, this can irritate the gums making them susceptible to infection. Your dentist may prescribe a wash or other medicine to keep your mouth moisturized. You can also try sucking on ice chips, or sugar-free candy and gum. Avoid salty foods, caffeine, and alcohol. Aside from monitoring your blood sugar, diabetic oral hygiene is pretty standard. Daily flossing, brushing after meals, and regular trips to the dentist are all crucial. For more ways to keep you and your mouth healthy, check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
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Did you know that constantly grinding your teeth damages them? Thankfully, there are teeth grinding remedies that can help you get over this problem. Watch our video to know more.
Transcript: Let's talk about bruxism. No, it's not the name of a new heavy metal band, it's the medical term for...
Let's talk about bruxism. No, it's not the name of a new heavy metal band, it's the medical term for teeth grinding. Most people who grind their teeth don't even realize it - but are unknowingly damaging their teeth -- AND their smiles. There are different reasons for teeth grinding. The triggers vary from your STRESS level and diet to the alignment of your teeth, and even your POSTURE. Grinding is MORE common while sleeping, but it CAN happen during the day or night without you noticing. That is, until it starts to cause pain. Repeated gnashing and grinding of your teeth can wear away the enamel, flatten and even chip your teeth. This makes them MORE sensitive and prone to FURTHER decay. You may also experience pain or tightness in your jaw that can then cause headaches and earaches. If you have any of these symptoms, you need to see your dentist. If you grind your teeth regularly, you may eventually need heavy-duty dental work like root canals, crowns, or EVEN false teeth. Luckily, there are preventive measures. If you're a night grinder, your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to keep your teeth from rubbing together. You can also wear a splint 24/7. The splints, made of hard acrylic, either fit over a few or all of your top or bottom teeth, and are custom fitted to ensure your jaw can close properly. These splints, or guards, are designed to keep your teeth from touching each other, while letting your jaw relax, preventing clenching and grinding. Changing your daily habits can help as well. A diet high in caffeine or low in vitamin C is linked to teeth grinding. If your bruxism is stress related, relaxation techniques like yoga, massage and meditation may be all you need. Here's another trick: If you notice that you're clenching your mouth during the day, stick the tip of your tongue between your teeth. Over time, this will relax your jaw naturally.. To learn more about protecting your smile, check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-28 | Tags »
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