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Having Bruxism While Sleeping?

stressed woman with grinding teethIf you wake up almost every morning experiencing jaw pain or a headache, it is possible that you are clenching or grinding your teeth during the night. The medical term for teeth grinding is Bruxism and the longer it continues, the more likely it is that teeth will suffer damage. Teeth grinding and clenching can cause more than just discomfort, it can eventually lead to teeth and jaw problems that require dental procedures to repair. Finding ways to stop teeth grinding is essential for your oral and overall health.

Physical Factors That Contribute To Bruxism
There are many possible causes of bruxism, including a misaligned bite or trauma to the jaw or mouth that puts added stress on the temporomandibular joint. If you think you might have a misaligned bite, notice that certain teeth are moving out of place or suffer from symptoms that may indicate TMJ disorder, orthodontics can be a treatment option. Continue reading

Teaching Your Child Good Dental Practice

teeth brushingGood oral health is essential to total health and well being at any age. However, in the early stages of a child’s dental development, it is important that they are taught and encouraged to keep their teeth clean and healthy. Below are some tips for teaching your kids smart dental hygiene habits.

Start Brushing Early
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your baby’s gums to get them used to the sensation. Wrap a soft washcloth or wet gauze pad around your finger and gently brush their gums after meals and before bed. As teeth start to grow, use a child’s size toothbrush with water, and start flossing when at least two teeth touch. Continue reading