How To Combat Teeth Grinding

teeth health smile dentistTeeth-grinding can occur within all age groups, both at night and during the day. Stress is believed to be a common cause and, a such, scientists are suggesting that teeth grinding can sometimes provide a warning sign for more complex anxiety issues.

– Common symptoms including headaches, sore teeth or jaws and visible damage to the surface of the teeth.

– Consult your dentist about treatment and preventative measures.

– Quit smoking, drink less alcohol and aim to address any causes of stress.

Sleep bruxism (teeth-grinding) could affect more than six million people in the UK. Read the full story here:


Why having a dry mouth is increasing your risk of tooth decay

teeth health smile dentistResearch shows that people with dry mouths are at a higher risk of tooth decay. Whether it is from dehydration, medication or mouthy breathings, here is how a dry mouth can cause tooth decay.

Key takeaways:

– Saliva is important in keeping our teeth moist, balancing PH, thus preventing decay from harmful acids.

– Saliva prevents a permanent case of enamel erosion, which facilitates decay and sensitivity.

– Saliva helps in flushing out plaque-causing food particles between teeth.

Prevent decay by, drinking water, closing your mouth during workouts and regularly visiting the dentist.

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Embracing the Proper Habits to Ensure Healthy Teeth

teeth health smile dentistThe first step towards avoiding unhealthy teeth and excess trips to the dentist is to embrace the proper oral hygiene habits. Unfortunately, not all of us have learned to adopt these methods. What do the experts recommend? Let’s take a look at three important suggestions.

– Always brush your teeth before going to bed in the evening.

– Make it a point to floss on a daily basis.

– See a dentist at least two times a year for a bi-annual cleaning.

“All the food and carbohydrates and sugar are on your teeth from the day.

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What is dry socket?

teeth health smile dentistA dry socket can form after wisdom teeth removal; it can be quite painful, however, discomfort can be managed.

Key takeaways:

– Discomfort can be eased with saline mouthwash and dressing the socket with medicated gauze

– The chances of developing dry socket can be reduced by avoiding: smoking, warm or carbonated beverages, touching the healing socket

– If you’re concerned about developing dry socket, consult your dentist

Treating the wound doesn’t speed up the healing process: It just deals with the amount of discomfort that the patient is in. Whether you treat it or not, it will get better.”

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Triclosan mouthwash: too good to be true?

teeth health smile dentistResearch by Colgate showed that toothpaste containing triclosan is beneficial to teeth. However, concerns have been raised about triclosan’s safety in mouthwash.

Antibacterial mouthwash may interfere with the body’s ability to convert nitrates in our saliva — which can lead to health problems over time. The tongue is especially sensitive to antibacterials, and mouthwash containing triclosan can kill the good bacteria on the tongue.

This leads to inflammation throughout the body which causes heart disease and other chronic diseases.

Key takeaways

– Make sure your family eats plenty of leafy green vegetables and beets, which help increase the nitrate level in saliva.

– Avoid antibacterial mouthwash and only brush your teeth (not your tongue) with antibacterial toothpaste

– Speak to your dentist about choosing the right mouthwash for your oral care.

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