When you wake up in the morning, does your jaw hurt? Have you noticed small chips on your teeth, even though you haven't had a tooth injury? Between 30 to 40 million people suffer from bruxism: the act of grinding or clenching your teeth. Here are a few ways to prevent bruxism from ruining your smile.
Know the Signs
To lessen the effects of bruxism, you must first be able to recognize the signs of it.
Many individual's 3rd largest fear—only being topped by public speaking and death—is going to the dentist. Whether this phobia stems from fear of painful procedures, finding out the consequences of years of neglect, or that dreaded dentist bill; the result is the same: avoiding the dentist at all costs. It is not until excruciating mouth pain overrides these unreasonable fears that many finally give in and go to the dentist. The most common of these complaints includes needing to have unruly wisdom teeth extracted.
Ideally, all children should see a dentist by the time they're six months old or when the first tooth emerges--whichever comes first. However, at six months old, most children don't understand what's going on during the first dentist visit. Furthermore, since there's only one tooth present (or possibly no teeth at all, yet), a child doesn't truly get to experience a real dental exam and cleaning until they're a few years old.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, occurs as a result of improper brushing and flossing, or not seeing your dentist often enough. It is one of the most common causes of tooth loss among adults, as the decay can quickly lead to loose teeth. The bacteria in your mouth can turn into plaque, which turns into gum disease if it is not removed quickly. There are treatments for gum disease, so it is best to catch it as early as possible.
If you are contemplating getting dental implants, you may have some questions about the entire process. Many people become nervous or squeamish at the thought of having dental implants in place due to the extensive work that has to be done in the mouth. Here are some facts about the procedure that may open you up to the process:
The Implant Process is Pre-Planned
When you and your orthodontist make the decision to go ahead with dental implants, you will need to be prepared for some tests and procedures that must be done before the implants can be placed.