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Waking Up with a Sore Jaw Could Spell Bruxism
Has your dentist ever mentioned the term bruxism to you? They may have said it in passing or as something to watch out for, but if you regularly wake up with a sore jaw, you may be suffering from it without even knowing. Bruxism is when you clench your jaw, grind your teeth, or sometimes both. This is often done when you are asleep, but it can also happen during the day without you even noticing it at first.

Common Treatments for Bruxism

There are two common treatments when we see evidence of bruxism in your mouth. First, we can fit you for a mouth guard that you wear when you are clenching and grinding, either awake or when asleep. It protects your teeth from the excess pressure and keeps them safer from the damage that can come from these activities.

Second, we can work with you to figure out ways you can decrease your stress. Stress is the most common cause of clenching and grinding, even if you are doing it subconsciously. If you can reduce your stress, you can often stop this from happening. You may be asked to consider a new hobby, a change of job, or talking with someone about the stress in your life.

Both of these treatments can help decrease the damage bruxism can cause. If you want to find out more about bruxism, speak with us the next time you are in the office for an examination. We can look for evidence of it in your mouth, and talk to you about specific treatments that can help you.

A Myth That Sugarcoats the Truth
Many people think that tooth decay is related to the amount of sugar a person consumes.

In fact, though, according to faculty at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, it's not the amount of sugar but the time sugar remains on the teeth that is the culprit in tooth decay.

Prolonged use of soft drinks over the course of a day and eating slow-to-dissolve candy allows bacteria that are harmful to teeth to multiply. Limiting your intake of all forms of sugar to specific times followed by brushing can help you keep your teeth healthy.

A Tooth Injury Does Not Mean Impending Tooth Loss
If you sustain an injury to the mouth that affects your teeth, you are not automatically subjected to tooth loss if you handle the situation appropriately. No matter what type of injury it is or how severe, you should seek emergency treatment at a dental office or emergency room where you will be advised on the best course of action. In the event of a knocked out tooth, time is of the essence, so the sooner you receive treatment the more likely it is that your tooth can be saved. If your injury does result in tooth loss, there are treatments available - such as dental implants - that can help replace your missing teeth, but it is always best to preserve your natural teeth if possible.

If you suffer a tooth injury, do not delay! Seek emergency treatment right away.

Emphasizing the connection between a healthy body, healthy mouth, and a beautiful smile!




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2636 SE Harrison St, Milwaukie, OR 97222



 

 

 
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