Dental Tips Blog

Feb
25

Preventing Dental Injuries

Our teeth are designed to last us a lifetime.  With a few simple precautions, you can help avoid injury and accidents to your mouth and teeth.

One of the most common dental emergencies is a tooth that is knocked out while playing sports. If you participate in contact sports, or if you have a child who is active in sports such as football, soccer, or gymnastics, a simple step to help prevent tooth injury is wearing a dental mouthguard.  Mouth guards can be fitted by your local dentist for an accurate fit and comfort, and will help prevent permanent and catastrophic damage from occurring in case of injury.

Another simple step to take to help prevent injury to your teeth and mouth is to avoid chewing ‘hard items’.  Certain hard items, such as popcorn kernels, ice, or hard candy all have been known to crack a tooth.  If you or a member of your family has a strong craving for ice chewing all the time, you should contact your dentist or health care provider to discuss this.  Sometimes, these cravings can indicate other health problems.  Strong, abnormal cravings for consuming things with no food value is called pica.

A final and very important tip to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy is to never, ever use your teeth as ‘scissors’.  If you need to cut something, use scissors or a knife.  Never open packages with your mouth.  Placing items in your mouth that simply do not belong there is an easy way to permanently damage your mouth.

All of these steps are useless, though, if you are not brushing and flossing on a regular basis.  Always take the time to brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day.  See your dentist for regular examinations and cleanings.

If you do suffer an accident to your teeth, contact your dentist right away for an appointment.  He or she will work with you to correct the problem, and help preserve your teeth for the rest of your life!

Posted on the behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

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Jul
25

Stop Teeth Grinding with a Custom Mouth Guard

Most people grind their teeth from time to time, but if you are one of the millions of Americans who regularly grind their teeth, you should know that it is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.   Teeth grinding (also called bruxism) can be caused by a number of things including misaligned teeth or a poorly developed bite, but the most common cause is stress.  Most cases of teeth grinding occur at night while the patient is not aware of it.

Teeth grinding is far more than just a bad habit.  It can cause serious damage to your teeth and other problems.  Teeth grinding wears down the surface of the molars and causes tiny cracks in the enamel.  These cracks are an ideal environment for bacteria to collect and cause tooth decay.

In addition, teeth grinding can cause headaches and may even be the cause or trigger of migraine headaches in some people.  The teeth clenching can cause soreness in the jaw and facial muscles and contribute to TMJ and bite disorders.  Teeth grinding interrupts sleep patterns and can cause irritableness, tiredness, and other problems caused by not getting a good nights sleep.

Reducing stress can often help reduce teeth grinding, but if not, talk to your dentist about a custom made mouth guard to protect your teeth. You can buy over the counter mouth guards, but these are pre-formed, one size fits all type items. They are usually bulky and uncomfortable which causes people not to wear them.  A mouth guard has to be worn to be effective.

Your dentist can custom make a mouth guard that will fit your teeth and mouth comfortably.  Custom made dental mouthguards protect the teeth from damage and help stop teeth grinding.  You will be able to sleep comfortably all night long and wake up refreshed and relaxed.

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