Bruxism: The Warning Signs of Teeth Grinding

Bruxism: The Warning Signs of Teeth Grinding

Do you excessively clench your jaw or grind your teeth (bruxism)? Have you been told by others that you do? Some may subconsciously clench under stress while working, wake up from sleep to hear their partner or child grinding in their sleep, or have known about their own habit for years. Many factors play a part in the root cause of grinding. Causes of Tooth Grinding: -Sleep Disorders -Lifestyle Factors -Stressors -Medication -Abnormal Bite Are you unsure if you suffer from bruxism? Have you been told that you do, but aren’t quite convinced? Does this list resonate with you? Symptoms...

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Oral Health & COVID-19

Oral Health & COVID-19

COVID-19 has made many changes to our everyday life. We know that there is a lot of uncertainty during this time, and we are all concerned about our health. Luckily, there are several ways that we can take charge and help protect ourselves from sickness. WASH YOUR HANDS We know it is extremely important to wash our hands often to avoid contracting the virus, as well as spreading it to others. You should also always aim to wash your hands prior to brushing or flossing to lessen the amount of bacteria entering your mouth. BRUSH & FLOSS Brushing for two...

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COVID-19

COVID-19

Our staff is here for you during COVID-19. We are still unable to see elective patients and are only treating a small list of emergent services, as directed by the Department of Health. You may still reach us by phone to schedule an emergent appointment, or to seek advice. We look forward to once again treating our patients and welcoming you all back to our office. In the meantime, here are reminders on good oral hygiene practices as well as a few dental triage points in case of dental issues during your quarantine. Remember to…… -Brush Your Teeth Atleast Twice...

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Dental Bridge, a solution for missing teeth.

Dental Bridge, a solution for missing teeth.

Fixed and Removable Bridges Having a complete, natural-looking smile contributes to healthy self-esteem and is essential to your comfort and confidence while performing everyday tasks like eating, speaking, and smiling. If you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist may recommend a dental bridge or tooth bridge as an esthetic solution. This solution also keeps the empty space left by missing teeth from causing the surrounding healthy teeth to shift and move into the existing gap. A bridge is a prosthesis (replacement part) that relies on support from healthy teeth surrounding the gap left by a missing tooth or...

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New SMILE Resolution

New SMILE Resolution

It’s a new year and new decade – and for the dental-minded, that symbolizes another opportunity to take better care of our teeth! We want to challenge you all with just one challenge that will significantly improve your dental health: make your New Year’s Resolution flossing daily. Here are some reminders why: Why floss – especially if I already brush? This may come as a shocker – while 2-minute tooth brushing sessions 2 times a day is highly recommended, brushing alone only accounts for a small fraction of your dental hygiene! There is only so much surface area that your...

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Unwrapping the truth on CANDY.

Unwrapping the truth on CANDY.

By now, you’ve probably heard that candy is bad for your teeth. If you haven’t, we envy the way you coolly and unapologetically eat a Snicker’s bar. As dentists, we can’t do that. We know exactly what happens once we put that yummy candy bar in our mouth. What happens when you eat that piece of candy….. It’s not that sugar actually creates cavities, but it does create conditions in your mouth that do. Your mouth is filled with hundreds of bacteria, and while that sounds gross, many of them are actually beneficial to maintaining a healthy oral ecosystem. When...

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Why consider dental sealants?

Why consider dental sealants?

Even when done properly, home brushing and flossing may not be enough. It can be difficult for your toothbrush to get at hard-to-reach places in your mouth. These areas can develop tooth decay if left unattended. That is why our doctors recommend dental sealants. Dental sealants are a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” that is painted onto the tooth’s surface. Why are dental sealants placed on teeth?The chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth have grooves — “fissures” — that make them vulnerable to decay. These fissures can be deep, are difficult to clean, and can be narrower than even a...

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