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Teeth Grinding

         GRINDING TEETH (BRUXISM)

  • Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time.

Occasionally teeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other health problems can arise. 

Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. It can also be caused by sleep apnea.

  • Tell tale symptoms of Bruxism could be a dull headache, sore jaw, or a loved one who can hear your teeth grinding. In some cases chronic teeth grinding can result in fracturing , loosening or loss of teeth. Chronic grinding wears down teeth.
  • If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your Dentist.

Your dentist will examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and excessive wear on your teeth.

  • A custom made night guard, known as a splint is often worn in the treatment of Bruxism. Some patients may need to have their teeth built up to restore lost height  from grinding their teeth.

Dry Mouth

DRY MOUTH

When we don’t produce enough saliva our mouths get dry and uncomfortable .

Some common symptoms  include:

  • Frequent thirst
  • Cracked lips
  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat
  • A sticky feeling in the mouth.

There are several causes of a dry mouth . Smoking, medications, diseases and infections, nerve damage after surgery or Injury to the head in which there is nerve damage, can all cause a dry mouth. Breathing with the mouth open is also a cause.  Vomiting and diarrhea can also cause a dry mouth due to dehydration.

A dry mouth can increase the risk of gingivitis, tooth decay, mouth infections and thrush, so keeping well hydrated is so important by drinking plenty of fluids. Icey poles are also a great way especially for kids, however keep in mind to avoid the sugary ones. 

Giving up smoking, adjusting to breathing with mouth closed and staying well hydrated helps in treating a dry mouth.  Check with your DR to see if any medications can be changed that may cause a dry mouth and speak to your Dentist as they can advise you on the best way to treat the problem including 
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