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Thomas Capsey DMD March 2017 Newsletter
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Long-Term Effects of Clenching Your Teeth
Clenching your jaw, also known as bruxism, is something a lot of people do without realizing it. They try to focus or get stressed out, and the next thing they know their jaw or teeth hurt because they were holding it together tightly. If you do this for too long, it can leave you with a myriad of issues to deal with. Here are some of the more common things that happen when you clench your teeth often:

• When you clench your teeth together tightly, it can cause your teeth to wear down and even crack.
• Clenching your teeth can cause your jaw to hurt, and even lead to TMJ disorders.
&bull Headaches are a common side-effect of regularly clenching your jaw and teeth.
• Having trouble sleeping is common when you clench your teeth regularly.
• You can begin having earaches when you regularly clench your teeth together because the jaw is located in the same area as the tiny bones of the inner-ear.
• Your shoulders will often end up very stiff and sore when you clench often, because the muscles used can often leave you feeling tense.
• Receding gums, and even inflamed gums, can also happen when you regularly clench your teeth.

The longer and more often you clench your teeth, the worse the problems are going to be. If you want help to avoid clenching your teeth, contact our office today. We can help you protect your teeth from the effects of bruxism, such as fitting you for a mouth guard.

4 Reasons that Your Gums Are Receding
Have you noticed that your gums are pulling away from your teeth? There are several factors that could be causing this issue:

• Gum disease. The most common cause of gum recession, periodontal disease will destroy the gum tissue.
• Grinding. If you have a habit of grinding the teeth, the unnecessary pressure that you put on your mouth could cause the gums to recede.
• Aggressive brushing. If you brush or floss too hard, you could be causing trauma to your gums, resulting in receding tissues.
• Hormonal changes. Women are at a greater risk of developing gum disease during certain hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or menopause, and the result could be receding gums.

If you believe that your gums are receding, contact us to set up an appointment - we're here to help!

Can You Brush Too Often?
You may hear that you are supposed to brush after each meal, but then there also is the recommendation to brush twice per day. So which is it? While brushing twice a day is a good habit, brushing too often can wear down the enamel, making your teeth more sensitive and more at risk for injury or decay.

Make sure you brush your teeth once each morning, ideally right when you get up. Then, make sure to brush your teeth and floss right before going to bed each night. That way, when you go to sleep, there’s nothing left in your mouth to harm your teeth while you sleep. During the day, simply rinsing with some water or eating foods that naturally clean teeth can be enough reduce your risk of decay.

We strive to provide you with the highest standard of Personalized Dental Care in a gentle, efficient and professional manner. We think you will find the atmosphere calming, the staff very friendly, and our dental care exceptional. If you have any quesitons please call or click the "Submit Question" link below.



Thomas Capsey DMD | www.capseydental.com | (541) 625-0065
1390 Oleander St # A, Medford, OR 97504



 

 

 
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