Teeth grinding may be a reflex tendency for some people when they’re sleeping or anxious. This movement, called bruxism, sheds away the teeth’s enamel and may sometimes produce an unsightly appearance in the tooth. Two of the major phone surveys done on the topic both found that bruxism is experienced by about 8% of the country’s population, of which young children make up a big proportion – up to 20% of respondents, according to the Sleep Bruxism Review of 2011. In contrast, only 3% of all respondents were over 65 years old.
If bruxism is proving to be a serious problem, then it is a problem that must be nipped in the bud. A dentist, such as Dr. Trey Kenna, DMD FAGD, of Downtown Dental in Greenville, SC, will be most helpful in this field. He can help figure out how to stop the grinding or clenching of your teeth.
This is where dental consultation comes in. You might wonder what dentists have to do with heart problems. Studies have already established that oral conditions, such as gum disease, if not controlled, could cause cardiovascular disease. Therefore, if you make an effort to go to dentists when your teeth is in danger of further decay, you may be able to stop a stroke or heart disease from happening. One of the solutions dentists recommend is tooth cleaning and scaling.
Tooth Scaling 101
Dental scaling is a procedure designed to chip away at plaque deposits on the teeth, specifically those above and below the gum line. Dentists, such as Dr. Trey Kenna, DMD FAGD of Downtown Dental in Greenville, SC, perform this procedure if a prior teeth assessment shows signs of periodontal disease.
The root canal has always been the most dreaded therapy among the usual dental treatments, but it has always been surrounded by many misconceptions. Here are ten truths about the therapy, to dispel myths and to help you appreciate the importance of root canals:
1. It can eliminate dental pain.
Infection causes pulp (the soft tissue inside teeth) to swell, which primarily irritates the nerves surrounding the tooth and causes pain. The purpose of root canal therapy is to remove those infected or abscessed pulp to eliminate the painful sensations.
2. It is often done with a dental crown or filling.
After the diseased tissue is removed and the teeth is cleaned, a dental filling will be used to seal the tooth, or a crown can be customized and fabricated on the impression to protect the healthy tissues.
Be Careful with Your Oral Care!
After surgery, among the priorities would be promoting wound healing and preventing excessive bleeding. The empty socket or site of extraction would be packed with gauze, which should be replaced when soaked. Avoid other oral injuries if your mouth is still numb by taking care not to bite your cheeks, tongue, and lip.
Your usual routine for oral hygiene, which should involve brushing your teeth and flossing, would have to be modified by using gentler strokes and avoiding the site of the surgery. Your dentist will also instruct you on when and how often you can rinse your mouth with saltwater solutions. In some cases, you may have to delay the routine, even gargling immediately after the surgery.