Do you often wake up with a headache or jaw pain?
If so, you may unknowingly be grinding or clenching your teeth.
Most people who grind and clench, do so while they are sleeping and have no control over it. Grinding and clenching, known as Bruxism, can loosen or wear down teeth and could lead to a possible crown, root canal or implant.
What Causes Bruxism?
There are many factors that could lead to Bruxism. According to the American Dental Association “Stressful situations, problems sleeping, an abnormal bite and crooked or missing teeth” can contribute to this problem.
Nightguards can help relieve some of the pressure and pain. When you see Dr Sheng for your routine dental checkups, he can detect if a nightguard is needed. To schedule your next dental visit please click here.
With 2018 just around the corner, here are a few things dentists hope you limit in the New Year.
Sodas, Energy and Sport Drinks and even some coffee contain a lot of sugar. According to the American Dental Association, “When you eat sugary foods or sip sugary drinks for long periods of time, plaque bacteria use that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel”. We all know the best substitute for sugary drinks is water but if you cannot break the habit, do not drink these sugary beverages over long periods of time. Try drinking it with a meal to limit the exposure.
Although you may love your citrus, it is acidic and frequent exposure can erode tooth enamel over time. If you cannot do without your morning orange juice, try buying it fortified with Calcium and Vitamin D (both help your teeth stay strong). For you lemonade lovers, make sure you do not sip it over an extended period of time.
Both chewy and hard candies can do serious harm to your teeth. Chewy candies not only stick to your teeth but they also get in between your teeth allowing bacteria to produce an acid that weakens your enamel and causes cavities. Many sour candies are not only chewy but they are also full of sugar and acidic, so try to avoid these. Hard candies are just as bad. If you bite them you could chip or break a tooth. If you suck on them, sugar is being slowly released, allowing more acid to form and wreak havoc on your teeth. Try sugar-free candies or chewing sugar-free gum to help satisfy your sweet tooth.
Do not chew ice. According to the American Dental Association, “Chewing on hard substances can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency and damage enamel.” If you can’t ditch the ice habit try sucking on it instead.
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Who doesn’t like random fact? Here are some fun dental related facts.
1-50% of people say a smile is the first thing they notice about a person.
2-The average American spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime.
3-Every year Americans spend close to half a billion dollars on gum…hope it’s sugar-free.
4-Contrary to what many think, George Washington’s teeth were not made of wood. His dentures we made of gold, elephant ivory and human teeth.
5-In the 15th century, the Chinese created a toothbrush using animal hair for bristles attached to bone or bamboo.
6-Toothpicks are the most choked on object by Americans…who knew?
7-Giraffes only have bottom teeth.
8-Even though dolphins have teeth, they don’t use them to chew. A dolphin’s jaw has no muscles so they only use their teeth to grasp.
9-Each year, Americans purchase over 3 million miles of floss, enough to circle to earth 120 times.
10-And for my favorite…..In 1994 a West Virginia inmate braided dental floss into a rope and escaped…how crazy is that?
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