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Ways to Deal with Tooth Grinding at Home

Posted on 7/5/17 11:48 AM By John Schmidt

According to some studies, one in three people suffers from bruxism — the technical name for teeth grinding — and it's no laughing matter. If you’re among these teeth-grinding Americans, consciously or unconsciously, it’s time to address the problem. The alternative is not pleasant.

While many people occasionally clench or "mash" their teeth occasionally, 10 percent of cases are considered severe enough to cause serious dental problems. Unchecked, bruxism can lead to cracking or extreme wearing of the teeth that can only be restored by extensive, and expensive, reconstructive surgery.

The grinding, gnashing, gritting of teeth and jaw clenching that characterize bruxism are often unconscious.

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Signs Your Headaches Are Caused By Dental Stress

Posted on 6/28/17 11:00 AM By John Schmidt

Headaches are a kind of plague that affects approximately 40 percent of healthy Americans. In fact, chronic headache pain tops the list of medical complaints in the United States. And it is often difficult to determine the cause of these headaches and even more difficult to find ways to relieve the pain.

Although headaches are not a modern affliction, modern science has shed new light on what causes the pain and gives some hints on how to alleviate it. Muscle tension is estimated to be at least a contributing factor in about 80 percent of debilitating headaches. And in many of these cases, this muscle tension is caused or worsened by dental abnormalities.

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Your Untreated Cavity Could Become a Dental Emergency

Posted on 3/15/17 2:30 PM By John Schmidt

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how important it is to practice good dental hygiene— how critical it is that you’re not just brushing and flossing, but brushing and flossing properly. And the same is true when it comes to handling tooth pain: There’s a right way and a wrong way to handle tooth pain, and treating your tooth pain incorrectly (or not at all) could lead to serious dental problems down the road.

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How to Find Relief for Common Causes of Tooth Pain

Posted on 2/8/17 11:30 AM By John Schmidt

When a tooth starts to throb or ache, your ultimate goal is to see a dentist as soon as possible, but sometimes it’s difficult to find time for a trip to the office right way. So, what can you do in the meantime? The trick is figuring out how to best manage your pain until you can get help. A little first aid will go a long way towards helping you get through a difficult night with a toothache or give you short term relief on your way to the dentist office. There are many home remedies out there and most will work—at least temporarily.

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Toothache Causes and Triggers You Can't Ignore

Posted on 1/11/17 12:30 PM By John Schmidt

Even if you do everything right when it comes to caring for your teeth, you can still find yourself suffering from a toothache. While most people immediately think they have a cavity at the first sign of sensitivity or pain, this is not necessarily true. There are a whole host of reasons you could be experiencing pain. Not all of them can be fixed by a trip to the dentist, but if you're feeling tooth pain or sensitivity in these three situations, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

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