Dental Tips Blog

Jan
8

How to Stop Biting Your Lips, Cheeks, or Tongue

Lip, cheek, or tongue-biting is usually due to one of three causes:

  • Something in the mouth is causing irritation
  • Accidentally biting down while talking or eating
  • Nervous habit

Depending on your reasons, here are three ways to stop yourself from biting your lips, cheeks and tongue.

Irritation in the Mouth

The insides of cheeks and lips can develop scar tissue from being chafed by something like braces. A misaligned bite can cause teeth to press into the sides of the tongue. Such irritation may cause injuries that never seem to go away.

Talk with your dentist or orthodontist to see if treatment to align your bite will help you stop injuring yourself. Orthodontic wax and other devices can also spare your cheeks the irritation of metal braces.

Accidental Injury

An accidental bite can leave you with a painful, bleeding, swollen lump on your tongue, lip, or cheek. This can also be due to misaligned teeth.

Ice an injury as soon as it happens to bring down the swelling. This will relieve pain and minimize the chance of accidentally chomping on it again. Eat only soft foods for a couple days while it heals, and focus on chewing slowly.

Anxious Habit

Some people bite their cheeks without even realizing it. This habit is tough to break, but not impossible. When you have a numb mouth from getting dental work completed, be careful not to chew on your cheeks! It’s a common habit, especially for children.

Chronic biting will leave chronic sores, so it’s good to try to stop.

Identify triggers that make you nibble such as boredom or anxiety. Substitute another distracting activity like humming, knitting, or chewing sugar-free gum. Use flavored lip balm to keep your lips smooth to serve as a reminder if you accidentally start to chew on your lips.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57
th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377

Aug
21

Why Do Some People Get Braces?

Posted in Braces

Genetics are the number one reason for needing braces. When the genetic dice are cast, some unfortunate individuals wind up with teeth too large or a jaw too small.

Even one sibling could end up with a smaller mouth or more crooked teeth than the other and it wouldn’t be anyone’s fault.

Some bad bites can be linked to habits such as thumb sucking.

Not everyone is bothered by having a few crooked teeth. But there are plenty of reasons why some may opt for orthodontic treatment.

Healthier Smile

Straightening teeth opens them up for easier access. Food and bacteria aren’t likely to get trapped between straight teeth. Even if they do, it’s easy to remove them via brushing and flossing.

Many people choose braces because they want to lower their risk for decay and gum disease.

Correct Bite and Speech Problems

Some orthodontic problems show up in function rather than in appearance. An open bite, for instance, could make it impossible to chomp into a slice of pizza. Getting braces can improve the quality of life for millions of teens and adults.

Get Gorgeous Teeth

If someone just likes the look of straight teeth, who’s to judge? Even adults of all ages are looking to orthodontics to make over their smiles. Straightening teeth is one of the most natural and non-invasive ways to change the way teeth look.

Improve Facial Appearance

Tooth root position plays a big role in the height and shape of the smile. Orthodontic treatment can help people create a more desirable profile.

Are you thinking about getting braces for any of the reasons listed above? Talk with your dentist about scheduling an orthodontic consultation.

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

Aug
21

How Long Does it Take to Get a Full Mouth Restoration?

Getting a completely brand-new smile may be the best financial investment you ever make. Although worth every penny, you’ll likely also find that it’s a major investment of time.

Beyond just white straight teeth, a full mouth restoration (FMR) or “reconstruction” involves repairing the function of your bite. FMR means bringing every tooth in your smile into perfect harmony.

How much time should you expect to put into your FMR?

Why FMRs Take Time

It takes a lot of careful planning with your dentist to determine what changes are needed to get your mouth working comfortably again.

In addition to planning treatment for restoring teeth, your FMR could also include:

  • Gum therapy and surgery
  • Bite adjustment
  • Tissue grafts
  • Alterations to improve esthetics, such as the shape of your chin’s profile

Planning for all these procedures and consulting with other specialists takes time.

How Long Treatment Takes

Your FMR from start to finish may take about year. For many patients, even more time is needed. This is because a full mouth restoration can include procedures that take months to complete. Dental crowns and fillings can be done in a matter of weeks. Fitting a partial denture can take up to a month. Implants, however, may need several months before they are healed and ready for use.

Procedures like those just listed can take even longer if you need a root canal, extractions, or some other surgery.

Speed Up Your FMR

You can cut out a lot of time by planning a longer appointment so that you can get all necessary fillings and crowns done in one day.

Contact your local dentist to find out whether an FMR is right for you and how long it may take.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Sep
14

Adjusting Your Bite: Why Is It Important?

Posted in TMJ Therpy

You’re probably wondering what that is. Is it possible to adjust a bite? Why might you need to adjust your bite?

When it comes to adjusting teeth, more than braces might be necessary. The best way to find out for sure what your bite needs is to have it evaluated by a dental professional.

Adjustment vs. Orthodontic Treatment

Braces and other special retainers can help to encourage teeth into proper position when they are twisted out of alignment. Sometimes, it’s the height of the teeth that poses the problem. If your teeth don’t close together evenly when you bite, then this can be corrected using:

  • Special instruments used to smooth high areas
  • Composite filling material to build up low areas
  • Dental crowns to reinforce teeth
  • A combination of contouring with braces to bring your teeth into alignment

Adjusting Your Bite Can Save Your Teeth

When your bite is off, one side of your mouth closes together sooner or tighter than the other side. Those teeth will experience the brunt of the wear. This makes those teeth more prone to fracture and sensitivity.

Adjusting Your Bite Can Spare You the Headache

An uneven bite will cause your TMJ to work unevenly, as well. One side might become more strained than the other. This can lead to some painful headaches and even irreparable joint damage.

The Treatment You Need!

Your dentist or orthodontist will carefully assess your needs and explain your best options. Adjusting your bite and/or tooth alignment could give you a completely new smile. Treatment could also change your dental health for the better.

To discover what adjustments can benefit your smile, give your local dental office a call and schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Ambler Dental Care
602 S Bethlehem Pike C-2
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 643-1122

Dec
29

When Tooth Wear Becomes a Problem

Take a look at your teeth. Are the edges of your front teeth smooth and contoured, or are they flattened and sharp? If your answer is the latter, then it’s time to take a look at advanced tooth wear.

Wear can take place due to natural biting patterns, or from habits such as grinding and clenching. If your teeth hit end-to-end, natural chewing forces will cause them to wear down quicker than if you had a healthy biting relationship. Stress that causes clenching or grinding will make enamel wear against itself, causing additional issues. Having a bite splint made can help prevent this from becoming a problem if you’re experiencing symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, or TMJ disorders.

You might begin noticing your teeth chipping away or even breaking. Since enamel is extremely hard, it works against the other teeth! Other restorations such as fillings or crowns may also begin to chip, wear through, or fall out. In most cases, people with advanced wear or grinding habits will have to replace their restorations more frequently.

Taking a proactive approach to your tooth wear can save your smile and your pocketbook. During every exam, your dentist checks your occlusion (bite) and screens for evidence of wear. Early diagnosis of wear can give you the upper hand. Correcting the problem with the use of a bite guard or through orthodontic therapy will prevent complications from happening before they even start.

Our bites normally change over time, due to age and the drifting of our teeth. If you’re not already seeing a dentist regularly, it’s time to schedule a preventive visit today!

Posted on behalf of:
Toothmasters
139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-8401

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