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Posts for: November, 2010
Also known as teeth grinding, bruxism is a condition in which people grind, clench or gnash their teeth. Most people clench at night, but others do it unconsciously throughout the day. Bruxism does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can become damaged and other oral health complications can arise.
Chronic acts of grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening or loss of the teeth. Severe cases can also lead to jaw disorders, like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and frequent headaches.
Common warning signs and symptoms of chronic teeth grinding may include:
- Worn down, flattened or chipped teeth
- Frequent earaches, facial pain or jaw pain
- Unexplained headaches, particularly in the morning
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Indentions on tongue
- Worn tooth enamel, exposing deep layers of the tooth
- Chewed tissue on inside of cheek
- Enlarged or tightened jaw muscles due to severe contractions
- Grinding or clenching that is loud enough to awaken others in your household
There isn't one cause of bruxism, but many times teeth grinding is related with reasons such as stress or a natural response due to the misalignment of teeth. In children, many times bruxism is a result of the growth and development of the jaws and teeth.
Treatment for bruxism will vary, depending on the severity and cause. Sometimes simple behavior modification or relaxation techniques may be enough to reduce teeth clenching. If bruxism is caused by dental problems, Manhattan Dental Care can work with you to correct the malocclusion. Other possible solutions include dental appliances which can also protect the teeth from the impact of grinding.
Unfortunately, you may not even realize that you have bruxism until it causes significant damage to your teeth. If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, visit Manhattan Dental Care for an evaluation. During regular visits to our Manhattan IL office, the teeth are examined for evidence of grinding, such as jaw tenderness and abnormalities in your teeth. Manhattan Dental Carecan help you identify your cause of grinding and determine the best treatment to help you stop.
For the 2010 Halloween Season, Manhattan Dental Care is participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back Program in partnership with Operation Gratitude. Bring in your candy after Halloween and receive $1 per pound. We will then send your donations to Operation Gratitude. What a great way to brighten the day of an American Soldier!
Please see http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/ for more details. Limited to 20 pounds per family. Call the office for more details.
Communicating with your dentist is the key to building trust and maximizing your dental care. Effective communication between a dentist and patient helps the patient understand his or her treatment options, reduces dental anxiety and ultimately provides a better outcome for a patient's dental health.
At Manhattan Dental Care, we strive to provide the highest quality of dental care in a comfortable, open environment. We take the time to understand your needs and fears so that we can deliver the best oral health care for all of your dental needs.
Healthy Communication for a Healthy Smile
The following tips can help you better understand and practice good communication skills with your dentist:
Get to know us at Manhattan Dental Care. We want you to feel safe, confident and comfortable every time you visit our Manhattan IL office. Whether you are coming in for a routine cleaning or you have an appointment for extensive dental work, we want to work with you to make sure the entire procedure goes as smoothly and pain free as possible.
It's not always easy to recognize when a patient is nervous or scared. Let us know what about the dentist intimidates you? Once we understand your fears, we can work with you to modify the treatment in order to provide the most relaxed and comfortable care.
It's also important for patients to respond to a dentist's questions honestly so that we can provide the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Failing to tell our Manhattan IL office about your toothache won't make the problem go away. In fact, it will make the situation worse.
Reveal Important Medical History
We can't stress enough how important it is that you provide our office with all of your health history information. From medications and allergies to heart conditions and other health problems, it's critical that we have the most up-to-date medical history in order to deliver the safest and most appropriate dental care.
The Age of Information Technology
In this day and age, there are a number of ways a patient and dentist can communicate more efficiently and effectively. With Manhattan Dental Care's website and blog, our patients always have easy and quick access to our practice, including office hours, contact information, service descriptions and more. Whenever you have a question about your oral health, we encourage you to check out our site, read through our blog or contact our office for more information.
Going to the dentist doesn't have to be your favorite activity, but it doesn't have to be uncomfortable either. At Manhattan Dental Care, our dentist's expertise not only includes clinical skills, but patient education and good communication as well. Once you learn to communicate effectively, you'll be able to better understand your dental treatment options, ease your dental anxiety and achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile.