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    29Dec

    Are you taking special care to clean and maintain your smile, but you’re still dealing with unwanted oral health issues? The culprit may be bruxism, or chronic dental grinding. Our Cheney dentists explain

    How Does Bruxism Develop?

    There are a number of underlying dental issues that can lead to chronic dental grinding and jaw clenching.

    First of all, some of us tend to grind our teeth when we are stressed. If you hold tension in your jaw muscles, you may unconsciously be clenching your teeth together, or moving your lower jaw back and forth, causing your top and bottom teeth to come into contact.

    Other causes of bruxism are more structural in nature. Bite problems—overbite, underbite, crossbite—for example, make it so that at least some of our top and bottom teeth hit unnaturally when you chew or smile. Additionally, when you are sleeping, your lower jaw looks for a natural, comfortable position in which to rest. If your teeth are poorly aligned, your lower jaw will move back and forth in search of an acceptable resting position.

    What Will Happen To My Smile?

    In the short-term you are likely to notice that your jaw feels stiff or sore. Specific teeth that are frequently hitting one another may also become sensitive. People who grind their teeth while they are asleep often wake up with headaches or neck pain.

    As bruxism continues on untreated, it will begin to erode the foundation of your smile. Your dental enamel will become thinner from tooth-on-tooth contact. You may notice that your teeth are cracking or chipping more frequently than before. Bruxism can even change your dental alignment over time.

    What Should I Do?

    Protect your smile by staying alert for the symptoms of bruxism we’ve discussed today. Reach out to your dental team if you think you may be battling bruxism. The treatments our team uses are designed to bring your top and bottom teeth into balance, to relief TMJ pressure, and to protect vulnerable dental enamel.

    As you can see, bruxism, while inconvenient, is treatable! Reach out to our Cheney dentists by phone or through our Contact Us page to get the help and support that you need. 

    01Dec

    As we enter the holiday season, you are likely to notice an influx of sweet treats and beverages in your home, school, or office. For many of us, holiday goodies are part of what makes this time of year so special. However, that doesn’t mean that holiday-related dietary changes aren’t problematic. In today’s article our Cheney dentists are going to be sharing important information on things that you can do to protect your oral health this holiday season.

    Be Aware Of Ingredients

    If you notice that your house is inundated with sugary treats during the holidays, you are not alone. In fact, it’s common to hear people complain about adding a few extra inches to their waistlines thanks to holiday excess. But did you know that these indulgences can likewise affect your oral health?

    The harmful oral bacteria that live in your mouth need sugars and refined carbohydrates in order to grow. The more sugary treats you consume, the more fuel you are providing to the oral bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.

    Rinse Regularly

    In order to minimize the impact that sugary and acidic treats have on your oral health, you may want to get into the habit of rinsing your smile with water throughout the day. This simple habit will help you clear away dental debris, neutralize bacteria, and re-mineralize dental enamel (through saliva production). Rinsing is gentle enough that it can be done multiple times a day without irritating oral tissues!

    Indulge Intentionally

    As you may imagine, sipping and snacking on holiday treats continuously is pretty bad for your smile. One thing that you can do to boost your oral health is to pick a specific time of day during which you will eat and drink sugary treats. By being mindful about your consumption, and limiting it to one portion of the day, you decrease the number of hours that oral bacteria are able to be active and feeding on sugars in your mouth.  

    As always our Cheney dentists are here to answer you questions, and to help you schedule a personal consultation with our team. Give our office a call or use the Contact Us page on our site to get started!