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Teeth grinding is the repetitive clenching of teeth, a movement that looks as if the person is chewing vigorously without any food in the mouth. The medical term for this condition is “bruxism.”
Bruxism is well known and well documented by doctors and dentists; however, no one is absolutely sure what triggers the condition. There are many recognized risk factors for bruxism, though. There are also several effective ways to cope with and treat bruxism through behavioral modification and the use of mouth guards.
Millions of People Do the Daily Grind
The number of children and adults who grind their teeth on a daily (or nightly) basis is estimated to be around 30 to 40 million. Occasional teeth grinding doesn’t normally cause problems. But chronic bruxism often creates trouble for those who have the condition.
Some people clench their jaws ferociously at work or in other stressful daytime situations. Other people do their teeth grinding in their sleep. Many people have no clue they’re grinding their teeth until symptoms begin to show up.
It’s no secret that strong teeth are better able to withstand tooth decay, discoloration, and other oral health problems than weak teeth. Many dental procedures you may undergo and at-home oral hygiene measures you may take are specifically designed to bolster the strength of your teeth.
However, many patients overlook one of the most obvious tools used to improve tooth strength: dental fluoride. This oversight is usually due to misconceptions about fluoride, such as the idea that fluoride treatments are only appropriate for children. In this blog, we cover the fundamental facts about fluoride and its dental uses.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. Natural fluoride is found in drinking water and certain foods, such as potatoes, crabmeat, and citrus fruits. In some areas in the world, including most of America, municipal water may have fluoride added to it as well.
When you think about tooth extraction, you may picture a young patient who needs a baby tooth pulled to make way for his or her adult teeth. However, many dental extractions are actually performed on adult patients with permanent teeth.
In this blog, we discuss what adult patients should know about dental extractions.
Why Do Dentists Remove Permanent Teeth?
Ideally, individuals should be able to keep and use their natural teeth for their entire lives. Natural teeth are the most comfortable and often the best option in almost all cases. Dentists only consider permanent tooth extraction in situations where other dental techniques cannot resolve an issue.
Gum disease can affect individuals of virtually any age. In many cases, individuals develop gingivitis, which can be harmful, but is easy to treat. Other individuals experience periodontal disease, a more advanced gum condition.
In our previous blog, “What It Might Mean If Your Gums Are Receding,” we listed the risk factors and warning signs of periodontal disease. In this blog, we discuss how periodontal disease can affect your health, both in your mouth and throughout your body.
Many adults think that decay is just for children when in effect, you are at risk your whole life. When dental disease is left untreated in can lead to serious health problems such as infection which can damage underlying bone, nerve damage and tooth loss. When dental infections are left untreated they can spread to other parts of your body that can eventually be life threatening. In pregnant women, infections of the gum tissue can lead to early birth and low birth weight of the child.
The important thing for us to know is that dental disease is preventable and treatable. By instituting good preventive dentistry on yourself, and adopting good oral homecare, you can lead a healthy oral status. It is important to always brush twice a day, floss between teeth at least once a day, eat a balanced diet and limit between meal snacks. Regular dental visits at least once every six months will help you maintain a good dentition and oral health.