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Bruxism is the technical term for grinding and clenching that abrades teeth and may cause facial pain. People who grind and clench, subconsciously and habitually squeeze their teeth together and/or grind the teeth without realizing it. In addition to grinding teeth, “bruxers” may also bite their fingernails, pencils and chew the inside of their cheek. Some people mistakenly believe that their teeth must touch at all times and force the condition. About one in three people suffer from bruxism, which can easily be treated by a dentist.

People who have otherwise healthy teeth and gums can clench so often and so hard that over time their teeth become sensitive due to the excessive wear on their teeth. They also may start acquiring chronic headaches and/or experience jaw pain and sore muscles. Stress and certain personality traits are at the root cause of bruxism. Nervous tension has always affected humans and bruxism affects people with nervous tension. Anger, pain and frustration can trigger bruxing. People who are aggressive, competitive and hurried also may be at a greater risk for bruxism.

During regular dental visits, the dentist automatically checks for physical signs of bruxism. If the dentist or patient notices signs of bruxism, the condition may be observed over several visits to be sure of the problem before recommending and starting therapy. A commonly used therapy is for the dentist to make a plastic mouth appliance, such as a night guard that’s worn to absorb the force of biting. This appliance can prevent future damage to the teeth and helps change the patient’s destructive behavior.

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection of your soft gum tissues. As the disease worsens, bacteria forms pockets between your teeth and gums. As the bacteria multiplies, it will spread and work to destroy your gums and bone, causing your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Gum disease is very common, it affects over 60% of adults to varying degrees, and is the leading cause of tooth loss. What surprises our patients is learning about the link between gum disease and other health problems. Medicine has noted the parallel between gum disease and heart attack, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, low-weight births, and more, our mouths are a link directly into our bodies and infection affects other areas. We know that the best way to avoid and maintain gum disease is to attend regular cleanings and checkups, as well as daily brushing and flossing at home.

Our expert staff doesn’t just look for visible problems, they also look for hidden ones that can only be detected through digital x-rays. We like our patients to be seen for a dental checkup at least once a year, some patients will need to be seen more often. Checkups help us with early detection of oral health concerns, including tooth decay or damage, any developmental problems, gum disease in any stage, and oral cancer can all be treated conservatively. Having a regular relationship with our office will save you from potential pain, expense, and time in our chair. Most oral health problems do not resolve on their own. Prevention is always the best medicine!

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Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection of your soft gum tissues. As the disease worsens, bacteria forms pockets between your teeth and gums. As the bacteria multiplies, it will spread and work to destroy your gums and bone, causing your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Gum disease is very common, it affects over 60% of adults to varying degrees, and is the leading cause of tooth loss. What surprises our patients is learning about the link between gum disease and other health problems. Medicine has noted the parallel between gum disease and heart attack, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, low-weight births, and more, our mouths are a link directly into our bodies and infection affects other areas. We know that the best way to avoid and maintain gum disease is to attend regular cleanings and checkups, as well as daily brushing and flossing at home.

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