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29Dec

Protecting the appearance and the health of your smile over the long-term can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task. Our Glendale dentists are here to help! We have seen, firsthand, just how damaging certain substances and habits can be for your smile over time. That is why today we are going to be talking about a specific chronic condition for which you should be on the lookout—bruxism.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the word that we use to refer to chronic dental grinding or tooth clenching. Bruxism can happen during the day, and it can also happen while the patient is asleep during the night. Unfortunately, long-term bruxism can cause your teeth to wear down, and your dental enamel to develop small cracks and chips.

How Does It Develop?

There are a number of potential root causes of bruxism. Stress, for example, can cause people to grind their teeth without even realizing it. Structural dental problems, too, can result in bruxism. When your top and bottom teeth do not come together evenly and naturally, you may slide your lower jaw back and forth in order to make your teeth “fit” together.

What Can I Do?

The first thing that you can do is to remember these common symptoms of bruxism:

  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Frequent headaches
  • Tooth pain

You may even catch yourself grinding your teeth during the day—be mindful of stopping this habit when you notice it!

If you do think that you are dealing with bruxism, then it is time to reach out to your dental team for an assessment. Timing is key—you don’t want to let bruxism persist untreated for long.

Professional treatments for bruxism are designed to:

  • Repair damaged tooth structure
  • Alleviate any TMJ dysfunction that leads to dental grinding
  • Protect your natural teeth with custom-fit oral appliances

As you can see there are effective, patient-friendly bruxism solutions available to you. Please contact our Glendale dentists if you think you may be grinding your teeth and you’re ready to protect your smile. We look forward to speaking with you! 

01Dec

As the holiday season rolls around, our Glendale dental team is here with some helpful tips on protecting your smile. We know that it can seem especially difficult to make good dental dietary decisions this time of year, but there are a few simple things you can do!

Be Aware of Problem Ingredients

We tend to be surrounded by treats and indulgences of all kinds around the holidays. You may find that you have access to more candy, cookies, and cake (especially fruitcake!) than normal. You want to keep this in mind as you make dietary choices during the holidays, because treats that are especially sugary or acidic can give harmful oral bacteria a boost.

And it’s not just about candies and cookies—acidic wines, ciders, and liquors will also affect your dental enamel. These treats can leave color deposits on your teeth, and leave your smile susceptible to developing cracks or chips.

Rinse Regularly

One of the simplest and most effective things that you can do to boost oral health is to rinse your smile with water throughout the day. Obviously, rinsing helps to clear away dental debris, food particles, and plaque, but it is also health-boosting because it prompts saliva production. So, make it a point to rinse after eating or drinking, especially after consuming sugar treats.

Indulge Strategically

Most of us are not going to cut sugar out of our diets completely this holiday season, but the good news is that there are easy steps you can take to protect your smile anyway. First of all, do not brush or pick at your teeth for 20 to 30 minutes after you finish consuming something acidic; during this period of time, your dental enamel is actually softer than usual. And if you are going to consume a sweet treat, try to do so in a specific, time-limited sitting. The goal is to minimize the amount of time that oral bacteria are active in your mouth.

As always, our Glendale dentists are happy to provide you with additional information, and to answer any questions that you may have. Give us a call to get started!

17Nov

If sensitive teeth or gums are keeping you from living life on your terms, our Glendale dentists are here to help you find a solution. With prompt and effective treatment, you will be able to jump back into your regular routine—eating and drinking your favorite things, cleaning your smile without pain, and minimizing temperature-related discomfort.

Why have your teeth and gums become sensitive?

Dental Damage

When dental fracture or infection reaches the core of the tooth—the dental pulp—you will likely experience discomfort as a result. The protective layers of your teeth—the dental enamel and dentin—are designed to protective sensitive dental pulp. When these layers fail, your dental nerves are exposed.

Thin Enamel

You enamel can become more porous over time, allowing small irritants to infiltrate the tooth structure. Patients experience thin enamel due to long-term acid exposure, aggressive brush, bruxism, and elevated levels of oral bacteria.

Receding Gum Tissue

The nerves that are in your teeth extend down into your jawbone tissue. Another way that your dental nerves can become exposed is by gum tissue pulling away from the tooth structure.

There are a few ways that we can attack dental sensitivity, and help you maintain a comfortable smile. Depending on your specific situation, our team may recommend that you:

Fortify Natural Enamel

The first option is to work to strengthen your natural enamel. Topical fluoride treatments, for example, make your enamel stronger. We may also tweak your oral hygiene routine, so that you are protecting and preserving your enamel as you clean.

Supplement Insufficient Enamel

When too much enamel is missing, our team may recommend that you cover enamel with a protective material. Dental bonding (using composite resin) and porcelain restorations can both serve as protective coverings for vulnerable teeth.

Numb Sensitive Nerves

There are also ameliorative substances on the market that work to temporarily make your dental nerves less sensitivity. While this type of treatment is rarely a good long-term solution, it can improve your day-to-day life in the short-term. 

Give our Glendale dentists a call to get more information, and to schedule a consultation with our team!