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Middle Creek Dental March 2017 Newsletter Forward to a Friend   Submit Question
Welcome to Middle Creek Dental! Your bright, healthy smile is our top priority.
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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.

Why You Can't Forget to Brush the Roof of Your Mouth
A good number of people brush their tongues at the end of their tooth brushing routine to keep the bacteria levels down. However, very few people flip the brush over and get the bacteria and tartar off of the roof of their mouth. Do you?

Brushing the roof of your mouth each time you brush needs to become part of your oral hygiene routine. It is important that you get this film off the roof of your mouth. If you forget, when you are done brushing, all of the bacteria from up there comes down into the rest of your mouth, causing many of the same problems that you would have faced if you didn't brush in the first place.

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.

Welcome to Middle Creek Dental! Your bright, healthy smile is our top priority.

Middle Creek Dental | | (208) 505-9975
155 S. Midland Blvd, Nampa, ID 83686



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