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Prins Dental September 2018 Newsletter
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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.
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Clenching Your Teeth Can Cause Damage You May Not Feel for Years
A good portion of the population clenches their teeth when they get stressed out or they are trying to focus on an important task. Do you fall into this group of people? You may not even realize it. This condition is called bruxism. It is when you either clench your teeth together, or grind them back and forth. It may not damage your teeth when you clench your teeth once or twice in a lifetime, but if you do it regularly, especially without realizing it, you could be looking at long-term damage to your teeth.

How Can You Tell if You Clench Your Teeth?

There are several ways of determining if you clench your teeth. First, when you come in and see us, we typically point out minor cracks in your teeth or flattened chewing surfaces. These signs show that your teeth are undergoing more wear and tear than usual. Second, you may wake up in the morning with a sore jaw. This often happens when your jaw has been held rigid for a good portion of the night, which is what happens when you clench your teeth. You may even wake up with headaches in your temples each day when you clench your teeth at night.

Bruxism does damage to your teeth, and the damage accumulates over time. The longer you clench your teeth, the more damage your mouth is taking. Over time, this is going to leave you with weakened enamel and a higher risk of broken teeth. If you suspect you may be clenching your teeth, come in and see us. We will examine your mouth and see what is the best route to correct the problem.

How a Mouth Guard Prevents Bruxism
When you clench your teeth or grind your teeth at night, this is called bruxism. This is highly dangerous to your teeth. One of the most common, and effective, fixes is to invest in a mouth guard. This puts a soft barrier between your teeth. That way, when you put pressure between your teeth, the only thing getting damaged is the mouth guard itself. Sometimes, having a mouth guard can stop the behavior entirely. Other times, you have to go through and get a new mouth guard every few years as it gets worn out. Contact our office today if you struggle with bruxism in your sleep.

How Salt Water Rinses Help Your Mouth
When you have any type of irritation or injury to the mouth, one of the most common recommendations is to rinse your mouth with salt water. There are several reasons for this. First, it cleans your mouth from nearly all types of bacteria by increasing the pH balance of your mouth temporarily. Second, it improves healing. Finally, it can also reduce the pain in your mouth from whatever is ailing it. When you combine these benefits, you create an environment that is more likely to heal with less pain than one that is not getting regular salt water rinses.

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.



Prins Dental | www.prinsdental.com | (541) 773-5441
1390 Oleander St # A, Medford, OR 97504



 

 

 
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