Teeth grinding can be caused by a range of factors; often, both emotional and physical factors are involved. Causal factors can include stress, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth.
Once the cause or causes of Bruxism are determined, your dentist can develop a course of treatment. Treatment methods may include: ● Relaxation techniques if stress is at the root of the problem ● Physical therapy ● Muscle relaxants ● A plastic tooth guard to wear at night during sleep Bruxism can cause serious pain and headaches, as well as dangerous wear on the teeth. In severe cases, restorative dentistry techniques such as inlays or porcelain crowns are needed to rebuild teeth damaged by Bruxism. Therefore, it is crucial to seek treatment for Bruxism early to avoid waking up with headaches or jaw pain.
Pain from sensitive teeth often comes and goes, but if you experience constant pain, you may have a more serious problem. There are many effective treatments for sensitive teeth, including: ● A soft-bristle toothbrush to prevent gum irritation ● Toothpaste designed to insulate the nerve that registers pain ● A fluoride rinse or gel, available at your dental office
Sensitive teeth can be caused by a range of factors. The porous part of the tooth, called dentin, is the region that registers pain, and dentin can become exposed due to: ● Fractured or chipped teeth ● Teeth injured by clenching or grinding ● Receding gums caused by gum disease or improper brushing
Tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common causes of tooth loss. Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth's mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. While tooth decay primarily affects children, periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects mostly adults. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque, and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis.
Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water. (Do not scrub it or clean it with soap – use just water!). If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can’t put the tooth back into its socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk or water. Get to your dental office immediately. (Call the emergency number if it’s after hours). The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
Contact your dentist as soon a possible for guidance. Baby teeth are not re-implanted like permanent teeth.
A child should have his/her first dental appointment no later than his/her third birthday. Many dentists recommend a child have his/her first appointment when his/her first tooth comes in.
Most dental professionals recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing after every meal (and flossing at least once a day) is also a good way to maintain dental health.