Should I worry if I’m grinding my teeth?

iStock_000016058659SmallBruxism, a.k.a. clenching and/or grinding, is often an unconscious habit brought on by normal daily stress as well as certain types of exercising. Symptoms can include jaw pain or clicking, popping, tooth sensitivity, chipping/breaking of teeth, headaches, ear aches, insomnia, and depression. Not everyone experiences these symptoms right away.

Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder. People who clench or grind their teeth (brux) during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing (sleep apnea) says the Mayo Clinic.

Long-term effects of bruxism include: gum disease, gum recession, tooth sensitivity, cavities, increased facial drooping, TMD (temporal mandibular dysfunction) as well as tooth loss.

We can’t cure your habit but we can help you manage it! Treatment for bruxism involves prevention with the use of an occlusal guard while sleeping or participating in activities where you are clenching/grinding. An occlusal guard is a rigid plastic mouthpiece that is custom made to fit over your teeth. Along with an occlusal guard, practicing habits during the day to reduce stress such as meditation and aerobic or yoga exercising can be helpful to reduce the amount of bruxing during sleep. If your bruxism is related to a sleep disorder, it is important to talk to your physician about treatment.

At Smile Envy, located in Grove City, OH, we take pride in helping our community. We are dedicated to caring for you and your family’s oral health care needs, recommending regular dental check-ups for everyone.  We want to help you stay healthy, giving you something to smile about. Give us a call at 614.801.0079 to schedule.

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How Safe is Tooth Whitening?

woman2Tooth whitening is one of the most popular services we provide to our dental patients here at Smile Envy in Grove City, OH.

If you have questions about whitening, Colgate-Palmolive Company offers this helpful information: Over a decade of research has proven bleaching and other whitening methods to be both safe and effective. Several products in the market today have shown no adverse effects on teeth or gums in substantial clinical and laboratory testing. Be sure to look for clinically proven products, follow directions and consult with your dental professional.

In the past, the higher bleach concentrations used in-office treatment resulted in more sensitivity. Today, however, bleaching gels are well buffered.

If you do experience sensitivity, there are several ways you can help eliminate it:

  • If using a tray applicator, wear the tray for a shorter period
  • Brush with a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth that contains potassium nitrate to help soothe tooth nerve ending
  • Stop whitening your teeth for several days to allow you teeth to adapt to the whitening process. Within 24 hours, the sensitivity will cease. The longer you whiten your teeth, the less sensitivity you will experience

In a few cases, your dentist may discourage dental bleaching:

  • If you have gum disease, teeth with worn enamel, cavities or particularly sensitive teeth
  • If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding
  • If you have tooth-colored crowns, caps or other dental work in your front teeth, which can’t be bleached

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There are several over-the-counter whitening products available, but only a dentist can provide professional strength and assist with choosing the option best for you. Call today, 614.801.0079, to schedule. Our friendly dental team is waiting to meet you. We have convenient office hours, offering both evening and early appointments to fit in to your busy life. We are conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, OH in nearby Grove City. As a general dentist office, we stand by our commitment to provide you and your loved ones exceptional patient care.

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What your dental team is saying about eating more frequently

cut-vegetablesIf you are taking the approach to eating smaller more frequent meals daily, be aware the potential effects the increased consumption of food and beverages may have on your teeth.

While smaller more frequent meals are good for sustaining your energy throughout the day, it is important to realize your teeth may also be exposed to more acid attacks from both your oral bacterial metabolites and the pH fluctuations most food and beverages cause when consumed. Here is some advise we offer our patients who aren’t able to brush and floss after every snack or meal:

  • Always sip on water throughout the day.
  • Sometimes use a straw. Drink your carbonated beverages and sugary drinks through a straw to minimize enamel exposure.
  • Never swish, swirl or hold acidic drinks in your mouth.
  • Consider pairing your high acidic foods and drinks with lower acidic options.

Lower Acidic options: Milk, Cheese, Natural Yogurt, Yogurt Drink Orange, Probiotic Yogurt, Avocados, Broccoli, Cucumber, Black Olives, Peanut Butter, Bananas, Bread Rye, Wheat and White,  Barley,  Mineral Water

Higher Acidic options: Lemon Juice, Wine, Sports Drinks, Tonic Water, Cherries, Carbonated Soft Drinks, including Diet Soda, Oranges, Plums, Iced Tea, Blackberries, Blueberries and Strawberries, Grapefruit Juice, Pickles, Vinegar, Apple Sauce, Apple Juice and Apple Cider, Cranberries, Orange Juice, White Wine, Tomatoes

At Smile Envy, located in Grove City, OH, we are making sure you and your child’s dental needs are being cared for properly. When you visit we discuss the frequency of consumption of sugary foods and drinks while offering advice based on your needs . As a general dental office, we are experienced in caring for mouths of all ages. Healthy  habits take practice and as your dental team, located just 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, OH, we are dedicated to helping you and your little one’s take charge and prepare for a smile that will be healthy and strong for life!

Contact us today 614.801.0079 to experience friendly service, excellent results, and a beautiful smile.

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

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Flossing: A Good Habit

gopherFor some of us who have recently experienced the chilliest winter ever, even the smallest signs of Spring are huge for warming the heart. If the chill of winter froze your New Year’s plans to improve personal wellness, we offer the friendly reminder: Good habits take lots of practice.

At Smile Envy, a Grove City dentist office, most patients are advised to brush 2 times a day with fluoridated toothpaste and to floss daily. If you are like most, flossing is something you are still trying to work-in to your regular routine. And like most, time is often the one thing we need but just don’t have. Because flossing is really that important, here are some tips.

  • Do it when you think about it: This means keeping your little spool of floss you got from your dental visit in your car, purse or at your desk. Better still, keep floss in visible places to serve as a reminder of your commitment to yourself.
  • Keep it everywhere:  Buy floss in bulk. Or better yet, ask your dentist office if you can purchase for yourself the same large spool of amazing floss they use.  And then keep your refillable dispenser some place you will see it, like next to the TV remote.
  • Take Floss Breaks: People take coffee breaks, restroom breaks, smoke breaks so why not a floss break? The focus on your personal well-being can help improve many aspects of your life including reducing the bacterial load between teeth stimulating healthier gums.
  • Start a Floss Club: Take your floss breaks with friends! Encourage one another to do something good for themselves. Be a positive influence to your friends and peers while helping yourself. And they can lend you floss if you happen to run out.

If you have limited dexterity or just have a hard time with floss, there are lots of available products to fit your needs. In addition to asking helpers at the drug store, ask your dental team what products they may recommend to help you get to your hard to reach areas.

Healthy  habits take practice and as your dental team, located just 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, OH, we are dedicated to helping you and your family take charge and prepare for a smile that will be healthy and strong for life!

Contact us today 614.801.0079 to experience friendly service, excellent results, and a beautiful smile.

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

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We’re Drinking More and More

sodaboySoft drinks have emerged as one of the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay, affecting people of all ages. Sugar-free drinks, are less harmful.1 However, they are acidic and potentially can still cause problems. Larger serving sizes make the problem worse. From 6.5 ounces in the 1950s, the typical soft drink had grown to up to 20 ounces by the 1990s

Soft drink consumption in the United States has increased dramatically, especially among children and teenagers. The problem is so severe that health authorities such as the American Academy of Pediatrics have begun sounding the alarm about the dangers.

How many school age children drink soft drinks? Estimates range from one in two to more than four in five consuming at least one soft drink a day. At least one in five kids consumes a minimum of four servings a day.2

Children and adolescents aren’t the only people at risk. Long-term consumption of soft drinks has a cumulative effect on tooth enamel. As people live longer, more will be likely to experience problems.

What to Do

Children, adolescents and adults can all benefit from reducing the number of soft drinks they consume, as well as from available oral care therapies. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Substitute different drinks: Stock the refrigerator with beverages containing less sugar and acid such as water, milk and 100 percent fruit juice. Drink them yourself and encourage your kids to do the same.
  • Rinse with water: After consuming a soft drink, flush your mouth with water to remove vestiges of the drink that can prolong exposure of tooth enamel to acids.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse: Fluoride reduces cavities and strengthens tooth enamel, so brush with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash also can help. Over-the-counter mouthwash are available. Prescription strength fluoride toothpaste and oral rinses are available.
  • Get professionally applied fluoride treatment: Your dental hygienist can apply fluoride varnish after your cleaning

Soft drinks are hard on your teeth. By reducing the amount you drink, practicing good oral hygiene, and seeking help from your dentist and hygienist, you can counteract their effect and enjoy better oral health.Copyright 2008 Colgate-Palmolive Company.

References:

  1. Harnack L, Stang J, Story M. Soft drink consumption among US children and adolescents: Nutritional consequences. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 1999;99:436-444.
  2. Gleason P, Suitor C. Children’s diets in the mid 1990’s: Dietary intake and its relationship with school meal participation. Alexandria, VA: US Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Analysis, Nutrition and Evaluation;2001.

 At Smile Envy, located in Grove City, OH, we are making sure you and your child’s dental needs are being cared for properly. When you visit we review all aspects of home care. It is important to discuss the frequency of consumption of sugary foods and drinks. As a general dental office, we are experienced in caring for mouths of all ages. Healthy  habits take practice and as your dental team, located just 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, OH, we are dedicated to helping you and your little one’s take charge and prepare for a smile that will be healthy and strong for life!

Contact us today 614.801.0079 to experience friendly service, excellent results, and a beautiful smile.

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

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February is all about Children’s Dental Health

kidsEvery February, National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan is “Defeat Monster Mouth”. For more information visit their interactive website at mouthhealthy.org.

At Smile Envy, located in Grove City, OH, we are making sure your child’s dental needs are being cared for properly. At your child’s dental visit, we take the time to review home care and answer any of your questions. As a general dental office, we are experienced in caring for mouths of all ages. Healthy  habits take practice and as your dental team, located just 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, OH, we are dedicated to helping you and your little one’s take charge and prepare for a smile that will be healthy and strong for life!

Contact us today 614.801.0079 to experience friendly service, excellent results, and a beautiful smile.

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

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