Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is something that most people will experience at some point. For most, it is a temporary and harmless condition that causes few, if any symptoms. However, for others, teeth grinding can be a serious dental problem that causes severe pain, tooth damage, and even tooth loss.
Teeth grinding is often caused by stress and anxiety. Sometimes, finding ways to cope with stress during the day can relieve teeth grinding while you are sleeping. In other cases, malocclusions, missing teeth, and crooked teeth can trigger teeth grinding. Fixing those underlying problems may alleviate grinding issues.
Do you wake up with a sore jaw, or have you noticed increased teeth sensitivity? Maybe your sleep partner has told you that you are grinding your teeth at night. Whatever symptoms you may have of teeth grinding, report them right away to your dentist at West Chester Dental Arts. We can help by treating underlying issues and crafting a night guard to help prevent tooth damage. Our practice offers a wide range of dental treatments, including sedation dentistry. Make your appointment by calling (484) 881-3501.
Good oral health doesn’t start in your dentist’s chair or at your bathroom sink. Instead, it starts on your plate. Your food choices can bolster your oral health, or they can set you up for a dental disaster. Don’t chow down on foods that are going to compromise the health of your food and gums. Talk to your dentist about smart food and drink options and be sure to fill up on the following choices.
Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
Most people know that fruits and veggies are good choices for your overall health, thanks to their low-calorie, high-nutrient composition. That notion certainly applies to your dental health as well. However, to get real bang for your buck in terms of dental health, opt for crunchy varieties of fruits and vegetables, like apples, carrots, and celery. The very act of chewing these foods will boost your dental health by scrubbing plaque and bacteria from your teeth surfaces. These foods are especially good after you eat something sticky or sugary but don’t have a toothbrush handy.
Dairy is always a good choice for dental health. The calcium content helps to build stronger teeth and bones, which will keep your mouth in good condition. Hard cheese also contains phosphates. Phosphates are an antidote to acids that build-up on your teeth and erode your enamel. However, if you’re lactose-intolerant, skip the hard cheese. In addition to the digestive discomfort it can cause, eating cheese may also give you bad breath.
Your dentist really does want you to chew gum, as long as it is the sugarless variety. For starters, the act of chewing stimulates saliva production, which helps keep plaque and bacteria in check. The artificial sweetener used in sugarless gum, xylitol, drives up the pH level in your mouth, reducing the impact of acid erosion on your teeth.
Find out more about eating for good dental health at your next appointment at West Chester Dental Arts. Turn to our West Chester, PA dentist office for all of your treatment needs, from general dentistry to dental implants. We also provide sedation dentistry by request. Make your appointment by calling (484) 881-3501.
Good dental care is an important part of staying healthy, but at West Chester Dental Arts, we understand how difficult it can be to get the care you need when you don’t have insurance. We are always looking for ways to ensure that all of our patients get necessary dental care at an affordable price. That is why we have developed our WCDA In Office Dental Plan.
With our plan, you will receive two regular dental exams and dental cleanings per year, plus all of the necessary X-rays to complete those procedures. You will also receive a 10 percent discount on restorative procedures, gum treatments, root canals, crowns, implants, and sealants. Some cosmetic procedures are also eligible for the discount. You get all of these benefits for one low, annual enrollment fee.
If you need dental care but are struggling to pay for it, talk to the team at West Chester Dental Arts. In addition to this plan, we work with CareCredit and Springstone Patient Financing and can find a way to make things work for you. Call our West Chester, PA dentist office at (484) 881-3501 to learn more.
If you have bite or spacing issues with your teeth, you may assume that your only hope is to get braces. The good news is that is no longer the case. Now, Invisalign offers the corrective treatment of braces without the pesky metal brackets and wires. Could Invisalign be the right treatment for the problems with your teeth? Only your dentist can tell you for sure if Invisalign can help you, but if you have any of these conditions, you could be a good candidate.
Are your teeth too widely spaced? These gaps can occur for many different reasons. In some cases, the jawbone grows abnormally, pulling teeth too far apart. Sometimes, one lost tooth can cause your teeth to shift, creating new spaces. Gapped teeth are more than a cosmetic problem. The open spaces allow food and bacteria to gather, which can cause decay and gum disease. Invisalign can close these gaps for a more even smile and improved dental health.
If your upper teeth cover your lower teeth when your mouth is closed, then you have an overbite. Dentists also call this problem an overjet. Anything from genetics to overdevelopment of the bones that support your teeth can cause an overbite. Overbites can trigger jaw and joint pain, as well as gum irritation. Invisalign aligners can shift your upper teeth so that your bite is healthier.
Some people have jaws that are just too small to accommodate all of their teeth. When this happens, teeth become crowded and overlap. In addition to being a cosmetic concern, crowded teeth can be a dental health disaster, since it is impossible to thoroughly brush and floss crowded teeth. Your dentist may combine tooth extraction with Invisalign to give you a straight, healthy smile.
To see if Invisalign is right for you, schedule a consultation with West Chester Dental Arts. In addition to Invisalign treatment, we provide dental implants, preventative care, and much more, all with the option of sedation. Call our West Chester, PA dentist office at (484) 881-3501 to find out more.
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