People are complex beings with complex lives. And sometimes, that manifests itself into behaviors that are damaging to our teeth. Tensions at home or work, stress, bad dreams, and anxiety all can cause people to grind their teeth in their sleep. This grinding, over time, will start to grind the teeth down. Severe cases of grinding can result in tooth loss, breakage, extractions, and dentures. Understanding the cause of the grinding, and treating it is critical to stopping the unconscious behavior, but there are several things that can be done to help protect the teeth, while this root causes are [...]
Getting Dental Care for a Broken Tooth Accidents happen—and accidents involving teeth are especially scary. If you or a family member finds themselves with an injury due to an accident or fall, there are a few things that must be done immediately to ensure the best outcome. First, assess the entire situation. Are there other injuries? Will stitches be needed? Sometimes the teeth take a second priority to breaks, blood, and lacerations, and a trip to the hospital is in order. If this is the case, bring any teeth that fell out to the hospital with you in some milk [...]
Bleeding gums. It happens to everyone at some point, but for others, it is a constant issue that signifies a serious condition. If you suffer from bleeding gums, there are some steps you can take to identify the cause and lesson the discomfort. Here are a few causes (and solutions) for bleeding gums. Bleeding gums while flossing. Sometimes our patients will tell us they do not floss because it causes their gums to bleed. We understand, but flossing is very important, so we like to discuss with our patients why their gums are bleeding and how to fix it. Possible [...]
Gum recession is a problem for many of our patients. When the edge of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away or “recedes”, more tooth is exposed causing sensitivity and leading to tooth decay and gum disease. As the gums recede further, the tooth root will appear and gaps will form allowing pockets for bacteria to build up. When this is not properly treated, the gums, teeth, and the bone can become seriously damaged. Since receding gums happens slowly over time, it can be difficult for patients to realize it’s happening, until well after the damage has occurred. [...]
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Have you have noticed plaque build-up during the day? Your teeth may start to feel dirty, or even the famous ” fuzzy feeling”, and it can be distracting. And it is very bad for your teeth. But have you ever wondered why it happens. And how you can eliminate plaque buildup? What you feel on your teeth is actually the bi-product of the bacteria that live in your mouth. Plaque develops when foods and drinks that contains sugars and starches (carbohydrates), come in contact with your teeth. This includes milk, soft drinks, fruits, cakes, or candy. Carbohydrates are very popular in [...]
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