Teeth grinding is a habit that can harm teeth and gums and even lead to tooth loss and can be particularly harmful for children as the teeth are still forming. A morning headache is often the first symptom. Talk to your dentist about treatment to help protect your child’s teeth.
Depending on the cause, the dentist has several treatment options available:
– A mouthguard to be worn at night
– Possible fitting of braces
– Possible referral to a paediatrician or psychiatrist
Bruxism “is damaging for people of any age” and should never be simply ignored. This is particularly true for young children and you can find out more at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-to-prevent-and-treat-your-childs-teeth-grinding/
Bad breath can make you conscious but there are things you can do to avoid embarrassment. You need to take better care of your teeth and gums, and watch what you eat:
– Brush and floss at least twice a day; use a mouthwash at least once.
– Scrape your tongue to remove build up (this contains bacteria which can smell)
– Avoid strong-smelling and tasting foods, especially those with a strong after-taste
– Chew “cleansing” gum to keep your mouth moist; saliva dissuades bacteria.
“Try these simple steps to make your mouth feel fresh and clean” and if the bad breath continues, see your dentist or doctor.
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Losing the first baby tooth is a milestone for a child. But perhaps not everything you’ve heard about the process is true, as evidenced by how widespread some myths about this matter are.
– It’s not ok to pull loose a child’s baby tooth, as this could cause bleeding and infection.
– It’s very rare for a child to swallow or choke on a loose tooth.
– Caring for baby teeth is important, as this teaches your kids good dental hygiene habits.
Feel free to have a chat with your dentist for advice on how to help your child get through this transitional period.
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The teeth and gums can be affected by the hormonal changes experienced during menopause. During this transition you should visit your dentist to ensure you maintain good dental health.
– Decreasing estrogen can impact oral health, including dry mouth with less saliva to protect teeth from bacteria and acids.
– The alveolar bone which helps support the teeth may be less dense due to osteoporosis during menopause.
– Gum disease may become worse as other oral issues get worse, causing tooth sensitivity and loose teeth.
“Gum disease can also contribute to loose teeth, so if you’re experiencing osteoporosis along with gum disease after menopause, you may be at a higher risk for tooth loss.”
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One of the best ways to keep teeth cavity-free is to watch what you eat and drink. The acids contained in sweetened drinks and snack foods erode tooth enamel and also undermine the roots of teeth.
For healthy teeth and gums that will keep the dentist happy, some beverages and foods are far better than others:
– Tap water contains fluoride which is beneficial to teeth
– Natural milk and dairy products are full of calcium which improves bone density
– Fruits, vegetables and whole grain breads are also recommended
Chewing sugar-free gum rather than eating snacks is a better option as it “helps stimulate saliva” which protects against cavities. Read more on this topic at https://healthminute.org/2018/11/5-ways-to-keep-your-teeth-cavity-free/
An infected tooth or gum disease can lead to a dental abscess, a painful swelling at the root of the tooth. An abscess needs immediate attention from your dentist.
– A dentist will need to drain the abscess of the pus and other matter within it prior to any treatment.
– If the tooth infection was from infected nerve tissue in the tooth root canal therapy may be required.
– Sometimes a tooth extraction may be necessary and your dentist may then suggest a replacement to prevent shifting teeth.
“When a dental abscess is present, the infected pulp will need to be removed and the tooth sealed in order to fix the issue and stop the infection from returning.”
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When an aching jaw is due to a dental rather than a medical condition, there are a few likely suspects that are causing the problem.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is the most common cause of an aching jaw, but other causes include:
– Tooth abscess
– Gum disease
Abscesses, cavities and even gum disease (when caught early) require treatment by the dentist. Bruxism will require long-term care including fitting a mouthguard to be worn during sleep.
In some cases, acupuncture can be used as a method to alleviate grinding. Hypnosis can also be effective for some patients.
A full article on the causes and cures for an aching jaw can be read at https://www.glamour.co.za/wellness/fitness-exercise/this-is-why-you-should-never-ignore-jaw-ache-17536395
Recent research has identified a link between the management of high blood pressure with medication and gum disease:
– The study showed that blood pressure medication did not work as well in people with gum disease compared with those who had good oral health.
– It is important to treat high blood pressure to avoid chronic conditions such as kidney disease, or events such as strokes, heart attacks and heart failure.
– People with high blood pressure should look after their teeth and visit the dentist regularly to avoid gum disease.
“Gum disease may interfere with high blood pressure control, a new study suggests.”
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Receding gums are not only an aesthetic problem – they are also a signal that something may be wrong with your oral health. Here’s how you can avoid developing this condition:
– Brush your teeth and gums gently using a soft-bristled brush.
– Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco products.
– Seek treatment if you notice that you have started grinding your teeth.
Also, don’t forget to schedule regular checkups with your dentist to make sure warning signs are caught on time.
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The jaw is a complicated joint and pain in the jaw (TMJ disorder) can have a range of causes.
– Grinding your teeth places stress on the joint and damages teeth.
– An improper bite, when teeth don’t meet properly, can create tension in the jaw.
– Clicking sounds and jaw pain should be investigated.
Your dentist can help with issues like teeth-grinding and an improper bite.
“Fortunately, you can protect your teeth from grinding—you may need a nightly mouthguard, orthodontic treatment, or stress management to help stop this harmful habit.”
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