teeth grinding

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is something that people often do without being aware of it. If this happens only occasionally, there may not be any permanent harm done, but unfortunately the more often it occurs, the higher the odds are of real damage taking place.

Teeth grinding can occur when you are very focused on what you’re doing or if you’re very upset, however the most common time when teeth grinding takes place is when you are asleep. This could be a result of a stressful day or bad dream, but no matter the cause, it can be tricky to tell if you’re grinding your teeth at night since, well, you’re asleep! If you tend to wake up with jaw soreness, however, this tends to be a good indicator that you were clenching and/or grinding your teeth during the night. Headaches can be another symptom to be on the lookout for. In more severe cases, bruxism can actually lead to broken or chipped teeth.

For those grinding during the day, the best thing to do is try to catch yourself in the act. If you do catch yourself grinding, it may be helpful find some water to sip on occasionally to serve as a helpful reminder to stop.

If you have any suspicion that you might be grinding your teeth, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist. The dentist will be able to examine your teeth for any damage and can provide you with a mouth guard to wear at night. A mouth guard will prevent the teeth from clenching and grinding together and help to relieve pressure on the jaw.

dry mouth remedies

Dry Mouth Remedies

Whether it is a result of stress, dehydration, or periodontal disease, dry mouth is a condition that can be extremely aggravating and has left a number of people searching for the best remedies.

It’s important to note that not only does a dry mouth cause symptoms such as insufficient saliva production, bad breath, and difficulty swallowing, it also can lead to long-term damage. Without enough saliva, the gum tissues of the mouth can become more susceptible to infection and the teeth can become more susceptible to cavities.

Dehydration

Even though most of us have all heard we should be drinking at least eight glasses of water each day, it’s surprising how few people actually do this on a regular basis. If your water intake is lacking, this is the first remedy you should try to help your dry mouth- stay hydrated!

Medication

A number of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, list dry mouth as a side effect. This tends to be particularly true for many antihistamines, pain killers, and blood pressure medications. If this could be the cause of your dry mouth, talk to your doctor about alternatives that do not cause this side effect.

Stress/Anxiety

Giving a speech in front of a crowd full of people can understandably be a nerve-wracking experience. A common side effect of this type of anxiety is dry mouth. In this case, calming yourself down with some deep breathing can be helpful. Another quick-fix option is to chew some sugar-free gum or candy to increase saliva production.

Additional options that are available include oral rinses and prescription medication to help increase saliva production. Be sure to consult your dentist in order to choose the best option for you.

Call Coastal Dental Arts at (619) 858-8080 to schedule an appointment.

Are Your Kids Brushing Their Teeth Properly?

Are Your Kids Brushing Their Teeth Properly?

It’s no secret that motivating kids to brush their teeth at all can be quite a chore, much less trying to make sure they are getting the job done properly!

Many parents wonder- “when is the right time to start allowing our children to brush their own teeth?” Some say a good guideline for this question tends to be once they are able to tie their own shoes. Tying shoelaces is an indicator that their motor skills are developed enough to properly brush their own teeth.

Unfortunately, many youngsters are not too happy about allowing a parent to brush their teeth once they reach a certain age. So, what should be done to to ensure their oral hygiene is up to par? While there’s no perfect solution, here are some tips to help encourage your child to brush his/her teeth effectively:

  1. Use a timer. Not brushing long enough is one of the most common issues for kids brushing and adults alike. Setting a timer takes the guesswork out of wondering when to stop brushing. Two minutes should be the goal.
  2. There’s an app for that! Thanks to some innovative technology, there are now apps to help encourage kids brushing their teeth like this one from Oral-B and Disney!
  3. Use an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush will help maximize your child’s brushing routine by removing more plaque than a standard toothbrush would. Plus, many children’s toothbrushes come in fun designs and even play music to make the whole process a lot more fun!
  4. Bring in the professionals. If everything you’ve tried seems to be failing, it sometimes helps for the little ones to hear motivation from someone other than a parent. In this case, that someone is the dentist. Additionally, it’s important for them to have their regularly scheduled cleaning appointments.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s brushing routine, don’t hesitate to call Coastal Dental Arts at 619-858-8080.

impacted wisdom teeth

Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge in our mouths. For some, this may occur during the teenage years, but for others it may not happen until they reach their twenties. If these teeth have enough room and are able to grow in a proper position, they can be beneficial to the mouth. Unfortunately though, more often than not, wisdom teeth end up doing more harm than good. Read more

6 Foods That Will Damage Your Teeth

6 Foods That Will Damage Your Teeth

Tooth enamel may only be a fraction of a millimeter thick, but it plays a BIG role in protecting our teeth! Once it is chipped or eroded away from acid, it won’t come back. This being said, we have to try our best to take care of what we have and one of the best ways to do that is, of course, by avoiding damaging food and drinks. Some items on this list are commonly known to have high levels of sugar or acidity, but the other foods that will damage your teeth might surprise you. Read more

Flossing Has Its Benefits

Flossing Has Its Benefits!

Despite the fact that nearly all of us know we need to floss our teeth, “only 50% of Americans floss daily, 31% floss less than daily, and 18% do not floss at all,” according to reports from the American Dental Association. Many who are not flossing believe that brushing their teeth is enough, but the truth is that a toothbrush, even an electric one, simply cannot get all the food particles and bacteria that are in between the teeth. Read more

tips for a healthy mouth

4 Tips for a Healthy Mouth

As you may already know, our mouths are filled with hundreds of different types of bacteria. Pretty gross, right? Luckily, not all of this bacteria is bad. Dental plaque, for example, fights to help protect our teeth against acid produced by sugar and starch. Water and fluoride from toothpaste also help protect teeth. Read more