Dental Tips Blog

Sep
10

One of These 6 Reasons May Explain Why You Have Flat Teeth

Posted in Mouth Guards

Teeth wear down after years of use, so it’s common for elderly folks to have flat teeth. But what if your teeth seem to be wearing down prematurely?

Here are six possible causes.

You Grind Your Teeth

You may have a habit of grinding your teeth and not be aware of it. Teeth grinding, also called bruxism is a common symptom of stress and can often be treated with a custom dental nightguard.

Your Teeth Don’t Line Up Properly

Teeth wear down faster than normal if the upper and lower teeth contact each other on their biting edges. The same is true for points on upper and lower molars that directly line up with each other.

You Have a Tough Diet

Do you chew on a lot of ice, tortilla chips, granola, or nuts? A gritty diet can mechanically wear down your tooth enamel. A diet high in acids can soften tooth enamel and make it prone to physical wear.

You Hold Hard Items Between Your Teeth

If you have a habit of holding a tobacco pipe, plastic pens, or hairpins between your teeth, then you may see some rapid wear in specific spots.

You’re Missing Several Back Teeth

Your back molars are supposed to do the heavy work of chewing and grinding up your food. But if you’re missing those back teeth, then your thinner front teeth will have to do all the hard work and start to wear down quickly.

You Have a Porcelain Crown or Two

Porcelain is tougher than tooth enamel. A capped tooth can flatten an opposite uncapped tooth by rubbing against it for years.

Ask your dentist which factors are to blame for your flat teeth and what you can do to restore them.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

May
18

4 Ways to Make Your Orthodontic Treatment Go as Fast as Possible

Posted in Mouth Guards

When you first got your braces, your orthodontist likely gave you an estimate of how long you’ll have to wear them.

That treatment time estimate you get is not a fixed date, however. Your orthodontist can’t guarantee exactly when you’ll see the full results. It all depends on your braces having perfect conditions to work in.

Keep your teeth healthy and your braces in good shape, and you’ll get your braces off sooner rather than later.

Here are four things you should do, to avoid wearing braces longer than you want to:

Protect Your Braces

Use an athletic sports mouthguard to avoid damage and injury if you play sports. Quit any fingernail- or pen-chewing habits. Try not to grind or clench your teeth. Avoid playing with your orthodontic bands since that could stretch them out.

Avoid the Foods You’re Supposed To

Your orthodontist isn’t kidding when he or she says to stay away from caramels, bagels, and bubble gum. You’ll regret all those extra trips to fix your braces when you choose to eat contraband foods and it pulls your appliances off. Stick to what’s safe for braces and they’ll work much faster.

Brush and Floss Correctly

Cleaning your teeth is extremely important while wearing braces. If you don’t do a thorough job, plaque buildup can cause cavities that need treatment, which slows down the entire process. Take great care of your teeth and they’ll respond to the orthodontic treatment in record time.

Ask About Accelerated Orthodontic Therapy

Most orthodontic offices provide an optional treatment that can encourage teeth to move faster. Not all orthodontic patients qualify for the procedure, but it doesn’t hurt to ask your orthodontist.

Remember to keep all of your braces appointments to make sure your treatment is up-to-speed! Skipping your visits can delay your results more than anything else.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Jan
27

What to Do if Your Child Grinds Their Teeth

Posted in Mouth Guards

Have you ever heard your child grind his or her teeth while they sleep? The sound might make you shudder. You can’t help wondering what’s happening to your child’s teeth when they grind them.

What should you do?

Why Kids Grind Their Teeth

It’s hard to know why some 30% of kids suffer from teeth grinding, or bruxism. There’s no single reason why they do it, but some possible causes include:

  • Pain from something like new teeth coming in
  • Hyperactivity
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Sleep apnea caused by large tonsils

For most kids, bruxism is just a phase. But if the habit goes on too long, it can lead to headaches, ear aches, jaw pain, and worn tooth enamel. A bruxing habit could even follow your child into adulthood where it causes more damage.

Does Your Child Grind Their Teeth?

Your child probably doesn’t know that he or she grinds their teeth. You may only find out by listening to them while they sleep. If your child complains about a sore jaw or tooth pain while awake, that may also indicate a bruxism habit.

What to Do When Your Child Grinds Their Teeth

Encourage a relaxing night-time routine to soothe stress and help your child relax before going to bed. A warm bath and reading together can help.

Next, schedule a dental visit. The dentist will check for tooth damage and look for signs of bruxing and give you advice on how to identify the root cause. Your dentist will continue to monitor the signs at checkups. If it’s not a passing phase, your child may need a special mouthguard to prevent teeth clenching and grinding during sleep.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Oct
18

Why a Night Guard Is Worth the Investment

Posted in Mouth Guards

A guard to prevent bruxing (grinding or clenching) in your sleep can cost up to $500 out of pocket, depending on the type you choose.

If your insurance does cover the cost of a nightguard, it’s likely to apply only once in your lifetime. If you need a nightguard one time, you may need more since one won’t last you forever. Those future appliances will have to be paid for out of pocket.

With so many generic one-size-fits-all mouthguards on the market, is it really worth investing in a professionally made mouth splint?

The Right Fit for Your Bite

Professional mouthguards are designed to fit unique needs like a cross-bite or crooked teeth. Generic guards may not be so comfortably accommodating.

Get Personalized Night Guard Adjustments

If you go with send-away or boil-and-bite mouthguard varieties, then you may not get much help if something doesn’t fit right.

It’s really worth the added cost to have your nightguard made by someone you can visit personally for adjustments.

Your Dental Work Is a Bigger Investment

A night guard isn’t just something you buy because all the cool kids are getting one. It’s an expensive appliance because it has a big role to play. A bruxism guard protects your teeth from biting and grinding forces and it also preserves any existing costly dental work you may have already invested in.

You’d hate to see hundreds or even thousands of dollars’ worth of crowns, fillings, and veneers go to waste because of your bruxism habit! If you want your dental restorations to last as long as possible, then a quality night guard is worth every penny.

For help in affording a high-quality and reasonably-priced night guard, ask your dentist about a financing plan.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Mar
27

5 Reasons to Get a Professional Athletic Mouthguard

Posted in Mouth Guards

Why is a professional mouth guard better than the classic boil-and-bite?

  1. It’s Going to Feel Better.

Most athletic mouth guards found in the local drugstore are ok, but they aren’t easy to wear. It can even be hard to breathe through all that bulk, meaning that you don’t wear it at all.

  1. It’s Going to Work Better.

A customized fit puts the cushioning right on the teeth where it’s needed. It also stays put when you need it to. A custom athletic mouth guard can even protect you from a brain injury such as a concussion.

  1. It Lasts Longer.

Getting a mouthguard through your dentist is a smart investment that will give you the most “bang for your buck.” The quality materials won’t wear out or break like a store bought guard does. Store it properly in a case, like you would a retainer!

  1. It Provides More Customization.

Do you have braces? A misaligned bite? When a dental professional assesses your smile to create an athletic mouth guard, he or she will take all your unique features into consideration, so that it fits great and protects the best way possible. Your dentist might even be able to customize it with special colors or designs for your sports team.

  1. It Will Get Used More.

If a mouth guard fits perfectly, it’s not a pain to wear. Bulky OTC guards are annoying. Kids in particular are prone to “forgetting” to wear their mouthguards during sports because they hate the feel. If your child is okay with the fit of his or her guard, then they’re more prone to wearing it.

Interested in the high-quality protection of a professionally-made sports mouthguard? A consultation at your local dental office will help you stay in the game. Contact your dentist for the details.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

Feb
12

How Can I Stop Grinding My Teeth?

Posted in Mouth Guards

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, commonly happens at night during sleep. The habit can wear down enamel, fracture teeth, loosen restorations, accelerate gum recession, and cause TMJ complications.

You’ve already heard about how dangerous bruxism can be so you’ve come here to find a way to kick the habit. But really, how much control do you have over the situation since it only happens while you’re asleep?

Here are a few tips that may help.

Avoid Triggers

By providing the right mental “environment” for your over-active jaw, you can potentially minimize conditions that commonly precede a bruxing episode:

  • Reduce stress
  • Cut back on a habit of chewing gum or fingernails, pens, etc.
  • Drink more water
  • Stay away from alcohol and caffeine at bedtime
  • Consciously relax your jaw during waking hours 

Soothe Your Jaw

Your cheek muscles do a lot of work when you grind your teeth. It’s helpful to provide some soothing relief to those aching muscles, from time to time. Try a warm wet washcloth and gentle massaging to provide relief.

Save Your Teeth

While bruxism can be tough to prevent, you can avoid the damage to your teeth and jaw. A professionally-made night guard worn while you sleep can make a big difference. It prevents your teeth from closing together completely and damaging each other.

Your dentist is your best resource in your fight to save your smile from bruxism. Regular dental checkups will help you stay on top of any damages or alert you to warning signs. A dentist will also help you figure out whether a night guard is necessary to protect your teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Nov
30

Is it True That an Athletic Mouth Guard Can Protect My Child From a Concussion?

Posted in Mouth Guards

Yes it is!

An athletic mouth guard absorbs the force of what has hit it and distributes that force evenly where no one part of the jaw receives more pressure from the blow than another. This can reduce the amount of movement to the head and neck from the blow and effectively reduce the odds of a concussion. The thicker the material used for the mouth guard, the higher level of protection provided.

Your mouth guard is more than just a status symbol. It’s more than just a cool way to show your school colors and spirit. It’s now a way to protect you from potential permanent injury to the head, neck and teeth. 

How Are They Made?

A quick appointment with your local dentist could help you avoid a potential permanent injury. In about 10 minutes, an impression of your teeth will be made. The office will let you know when your mouth guard will be ready…typically within a few days.

Behind the scenes, the staff pours up a ceramic model of your teeth and then melts a rubbery impression on top to precisely match the contours of your teeth.

Boom! Ready to try in! Return to your dentist and make sure that you try on the mouth guard in–office. If it’s not a perfect fit, you won’t wear it, so make sure that it is.

This mouth guard may be the best 10 minutes you’ve ever invested on anything. Nothing can compare with the peace of mind that you are protected with the best gear while playing your favorite sports. Go team!

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

Nov
29

Common Dental Emergencies You’ll See This Summer

Posted in Mouth Guards

Did you know that summer time is when more dentists and emergency rooms see dental emergencies and facial injuries? It should come as no surprise…after all, kids are out of school and recreational activities like soccer, baseball, and jumping on the trampoline are in full force.

Here are some of the most common emergencies you should be aware of (and what to do if one affects your family!)

Knocked Out (Avulsed) Teeth

Completely knocked out teeth can be scary. The key is to act fast. Find the tooth, rinse it off (without scrubbing it) and if possible, put it back into the socket. Hold it steady and get to your dentist’s office immediately. 

Chipped or Broken Teeth

A chipped tooth may be scarier than it is painful, depending on the size of the fracture. When possible, find any tooth fragments and put them in a cup of water or milk; your dentist may be able to bond them back into place. 

Lip Lacerations

When something like a ball or elbow hits your mouth, your teeth can cut right into your lips. Something like this can be stitched up at either an ER or your dentist’s office. 

Concussions

A blow to the jaw can create reverb that leads to a concussion. Wearing a custom athletic mouthguard can help you or your child greatly reduce the chance of a concussion (not to mention lip lacerations and broken teeth) during a traumatic injury. Ask us how!

Call your dentist right away to get attentive care and fast pain relief. The quicker you get attention, the better chance you have to save your tooth and prevent a potential infection.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Sep
29

Play It Safe With A Customized Mouthguard

Posted in Mouth Guards

Do you have a sports enthusiast in the family? When you’re suiting up to hit the court or the field, protective equipment is a must. It might surprise you, but adequate dental protection is often overlooked – and it’s just as important. How? An athletic mouthguard can…

  • Prevent tooth loss, damage or dislocation
  • Act as a protective buffer for the gum, lips and tongue
  • Minimize your risk of concussion

… and it’s much cheaper than a dental emergency!

You Get What You Pay For

While an over-the-counter athletic guard may seem like an economical and convenient alternative, it’s not. You’re unique, and so is your smile. A “one size fits all” appliance, and even popular “boil and bite” options, are bulky and fit poorly. When it comes to athletic mouthguards, a snug, precise fit is important to best protect the teeth in case of injury.

You don’t want a guard that slips down on the job or is so uncomfortable that it distracts you from your game. Not only that, poor fit can interfere with talking and breathing – and nobody wants that in the middle of the game. It can even get knocked out, exposing you to a secondary injury.

It might surprise you to find that a customized athletic mouthguard can improve your game. Often times, our patients gain a boost of confidence, knowing that their smile is protected. After all, having a worry-free smile allows you to put your mind on what’s important – playing harder!

Stay In The Game 

Don’t take an unintended timeout for an unexpected broken tooth. Call your dentist today and ask about protecting your smile with a customized athletic mouthguard!

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

Sep
19

Why You Should Consider a Mouth Guard

Posted in Mouth Guards

Your dentist likely can offer you a variety of mouth guards or bite guards according to your dental and recreational needs. Here are some of the most common types of oral appliances that could protect your smile: 

Sports Mouth Guard/Athletic Guard

From tennis to karate to skiing, almost any exercise can put your teeth at risk for damage. A professional-grade customized mouth guard is the best way to prevent painful and costly injury to your teeth, bone, or soft tissues in your mouth. It can even help you to avoid a concussion.

Night Guard

Do you grind your teeth in your sleep? It’s a very common problem and most sufferers aren’t aware that they have this habit. But your dentist may find out by taking a look at your teeth.

Chronic grinding and clenching can cause enamel wear, tooth fractures, gum recession, and damage to fillings and crowns. You may need the help of a special splint or custom bite guard that prevents your teeth from crushing together when you bite down in your sleep.

Oral Sleep Appliances and TMJ Splints

For some people, a good night’s rest is interrupted by a chronic problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This happens when the jaw relaxes during sleep and the tissues collapse, closing off the windpipe. A simple splint can support your jaw and maintain a steady airflow, if you suffer from OSA and are CPAP intolerant.

Other splints are designed to encourage the jaw to close in a more ergonomic fashion. This trains your mouth to move so that it doesn’t put a strain on your TMJ.

With the help of a custom bite guard or mouth guard, you can head off threats to a healthy smile before they can get started.

Schedule a visit with your local dentist to find out whether a guard is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

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