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Reducing Stress Can Reduce Bruxism Problems
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
If you've been dealing with bruxism, more commonly known as grinding your teeth, then you may have already been to see us. Bruxism can wear down your teeth, leave them open to infection, and much more. It's definitely not something to brush off or take lightly. While bruxism can be caused by a number of things, stress is often one of the factors. The more stress you're under, the more likely it is that you'll grind your teeth. Why Does Stress Lead to Bruxism? Stress, anger, and other emotions express themselves in different ways. For some, especially for those who tend to hold in their feelings, it's expressed through clenching the jaw. At night, this can turn into grinding your teeth. You may not even realize it's happening until we notice it during a check-up. What Can You Do to Decrease Stress? It's much easier to talk about reducing your stress load than it is to actually do it. However, there are a number of things you can do to help control stress. If you know what's causing your increased stress, you can deal with that issue directly. Sometimes this isn't possible, though. In that case, you can look at ways to reduce stress rather than eliminate the cause of it. One way of reducing stress and helping your body is to exercise. Exercising releases endorphins that help calm and relax the body. Even if you don't do anything more than walk around the block a few times, you'll notice that you do feel less tense when you're done. Another option is to meditate. Learning how to sit quietly and find your inner peace may not always be easy, but it can be very helpful for those who are often under a lot of stress. If you do know that you're grinding your teeth at night, call us to schedule an exam. We need to see if you've damaged any of your teeth so badly that they need repairs....
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Reasons Your Gums May Swell
Posted on 1/20/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Have you noticed that your gums look inflamed and irritated? If so, it is important to investigate the source of the problem. By determining the cause of the issue, you can take steps to correct it for good. Gum Disease A majority of Americans will deal with gum disease at some point in their lives. Most have the less severe version known as gingivitis, and a symptom includes gum swelling. However, others may develop the more serious type of gum disease called periodontitis, where swelling is coupled with pockets of infection. Poor Oral Hygiene Proper oral hygiene is essential for healthy teeth and gums. Poor brushing or flossing can fail to properly clean the teeth. Plus, brushing too hard could cause swelling and redness. Mouth Ulcers Ulcers in the mouth can also cause some swollen, painful gums. Canker sores are especially painful, and they may appear white with a red border. People with pre-existing autoimmune diseases may be especially at risk for mouth ulcers, so they might also suffer from swollen gums. Malnutrition Good oral health requires good nutrition. Specifically, it is important to get enough vitamin C and B vitamins. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to scurvy, which can cause gum diseases. For this reason, malnutrition is often a cause of swollen gums. Hormone Changes Hormone changes can also be the cause of swollen gums. This is a common occurrence during pregnancy. Other hormonal events like puberty, menstruation, and menopause may also lead to problems with the gums. When blood flow increases to the gum tissue, they will become tender and will irritate easily. If you notice that your gums are red and inflamed, it is important to schedule a dental checkup. We can determine the cause of the swelling and the appropriate treatment plan. Give us a call today....
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How to Keep Your Mouth Comfortable While Wisdom Teeth Erupt
Posted on 12/30/2018 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to break through the gums pushing their way through when most people are between 16 and 22 years old. You might feel the pain when the new wisdom teeth are emerging from the gum tissue. In most cases, there is no enough space for the wisdom teeth, as the other teeth are already fully developed. These forces the teeth emerge wrongly and stuck or fail to come out fully. This condition exposes the gums to issues and can cause severe problems down the line. The pain may go away on its own but usually needs active home management or dental surgery. Here are some possible solutions to help you feel better. Saltwater Infections can also be caused by the accumulation of bacteria in the exposed gums around the wisdom teeth. Flush your mouth with salt water periodically. This simple strategy will help rid of the bacteria or rather reduce the concentration by gurgling salt water once or twice per day. Numbing Gel A numbing gel can be purchased over the counter and is an excellent option to consider when dealing with this kind of pain. Make sure you have no adverse reaction to benzocaine, which is the most common active ingredient in these gels before starting this treatment. Ice Pack Place ice on the affected jaw can help reduce the magnitude of inflammation and this will turn lower the pain. It is also important to note that the ice will have a numbing effect on the jaw. The remedies stated above have the ability to reduce this kind of pain even though most of them are short or temporary solutions. A dentist will typically advise impacted wisdom teeth to be removed via surgery to provide long-term relief. This surgery is a short procedure that takes around 10 to 20 minutes. Make an appointment with us to experience quality dental care from our team or qualified experts....
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