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Ways of Reducing Stress to Reduce Bruxism
Posted on 8/23/2018 by Downtown Dental Care Office
Stress is an unavoidable part of life. Unfortunately, stress may lead some people to grind their teeth, a condition known as bruxism. If you suffer from nighttime grinding or clenching, it is important to reduce your stress level to protect your teeth. Try YogaYoga is a great way to facilitate relaxation. Not only is does it promote body conditioning, but the practice also focuses on controlled breathing and mindfulness. You can get in shape while you reduce your stress. Get More SleepYes, it may seem counterproductive to sleep more if your grinding troubles occur while you are asleep. However, when it comes to stress-relief, getting enough sleep is one of the best remedies. Since most people grind during REM periods, which are relatively short, increasing the number of hours of sleep each night shouldn't increase grinding. Start going to bed an hour or two earlier each night. Book a MassageA massage can be an incredibly relaxing experience, improving both your mental state and your nervous system. Book a massage with a licensed massage therapist, and make sure she knows about your goals for stress relief. She might be able to concentrate on the areas in your neck, shoulders, and jaw to make the muscles responsible for bruxism relax. Avoid "Crutches"Many people use "crutches" to get them through stressful situations. These may be smoking, alcohol, or caffeine. If you turn to one of these substances when you are feeling especially stressed out, you're actually just avoiding the problem. While you might receive short-term relief, your problems won't go away, and you'll likely find yourself grinding away at night. If you find yourself clenching and grinding your teeth, make us your first call. We can suggest stress relief techniques, but we'll also work to protect your teeth from long-term damage....
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Ways of Protecting Your Teeth When You Drink Tea and Coffee
Posted on 8/13/2018 by Downtown Dental Care Office
Most people in the U.S. begin their day with a cup of coffee or tea. Unfortunately, what many of us don't realize is the impact these beverages can have on our teeth. These tips can keep them safe. Brush Your TeethThe best way to protect your teeth from staining and other problems as a result of coffee and tea is to brush regularly. Always brush at least twice per day and make a habit of brushing after you finish your beverage. However, wait about 30 minutes before you brush, otherwise you may cause tooth damage as a result of brushing acids into the enamel. Use a StrawWhile this might not be an option if you are a hot beverage drinker, when possible, drink through a straw. An iced tea or coffee can easily be enjoyed through a straw, and the liquid will be diverted away from your pearly whites. Rinse Out Your Mouth with WaterA bottle of water is also a good tool to combat staining and acid erosion. Simply swish out your mouth after you're done drinking. This will rinse away excess acid, sugar, and bacteria before it has a chance to do any damage. Don't Sip It isn't a good practice to sip on a cup of coffee all day. If you do, your teeth will be subjected to acid and staining agents for hours. Instead, drink your beverage in a relatively short period of time to minimize contact. Visit Your DentistMake sure your dental appointments are prominently displayed on your calendar. These appointments are crucial to keep stains at bay. Your dental hygienist will polish your teeth and can remove a majority of the stains attributed to coffee and tea. Do you want to protect your teeth from coffee and tea stains and damage? Call us today to set up your next appointment....
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Is Enamel Shaping a Good Way to Help Your Teeth?
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Downtown Dental Care Office
There are many things people can do to improve their teeth. Good habits such as regular brushing and flossing are a simple thing that everyone can do. For some people the simple things are not enough. They want to turn to other procedures to help their teeth. Enamel shaping is a procedure that can help many people. The question to ask is if you will benefit from enamel shaping. Fixing the SmileA chipped tooth or rough teeth can ruin the smile. Many times, these are just a cosmetic problem. They are not always something for a person to worry about, but that does not stop it from happening. A smile is one of the way people judge others. Because of that, many turn to enamel shaping to fix their smile that is no longer perfect. The goal of enamel shaping is to remove a small part of the surface of the tooth to smooth it over or cover a chip. It does not require a lot of time or money at the dental offices to do this. It is also a painless procedure that is not very different from a good cleaning. What it Does Not DoWhile enamel shaping can fix minor imperfections or roughness of the teeth, it cannot do everything. People with large chips may not benefit. If the problem with rough teeth or chipped teeth is because of tooth decay or some other problem with the teeth, enamel shaping is not enough on its own to fix the problem. It is important to fix the underlying problems first. The best person to explain how enamel shaping can help you are if it is something that would not work is our dental professionals. They can provide the advice and the guidance you need to make the best decision about whether this is a procedure for you. If you want more information or if you want the opinion of one of our dental professionals, contact us today....
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All Posts:

Ways of Reducing Stress to Reduce Bruxism
8/23/2018
Ways of Protecting Your Teeth When You Drink Tea and Coffee
8/13/2018
Is Enamel Shaping a Good Way to Help Your Teeth?
7/20/2018
Do Your Tonsils Cause Your Halitosis?
7/10/2018
Most Common Reasons Your Fillings May Hurt
6/23/2018
Dangers of Leaving Dental Cracks Alone
6/13/2018
Do You Have a Loose Tooth as an Adult? If So, You Need to Come See Us
5/23/2018
Do You Grind Your Teeth in Your Sleep?
5/13/2018
Sometimes Educating Yourself is the Best Way to Overcome Dental Fears
4/20/2018
Ways of Cutting Down Acid in Your Diet
4/10/2018
Foods to Eat to Reduce Your Stress
11/27/2017
Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard Will Not Polish Your Teeth
11/17/2017
Resolutions You Can Make Any Time of Year to Protect Your Teeth
10/23/2017
Relieving Toothaches Until You Can Get Seen
10/15/2017
Easing Pain When You Have an Oral Infection
9/27/2017
Do Not Consume These Products Following Oral Surgery
9/17/2017
Is Stress Causing You to Crack Your Teeth?
8/25/2017
Is Sleep Apnea a Big Enough Deal to Require Treatment?
8/15/2017
Learning About the Dangers of Ice When Using It to Cool Off
7/30/2017
Can Teeth Feel the Effects of Stress?
7/23/2017
Why Your Health Depends on You Replacing Missing Teeth
6/25/2017
Why Your Family Should Avoid Gummy Snacks
6/15/2017
The Benefits of Glass Fillings
5/27/2017
The Benefits of Eating Red Produce
5/17/2017
Should You Floss Once or Twice Each Day?
4/27/2017
Should You Brush Before or After Breakfast?
4/17/2017
How Long Does it Take to See Results from Professional Whitening?
3/27/2017
How a Straw Can Help You Bypass Stained Teeth
3/17/2017
How to Best Keep Your Dental Bridge Clean
2/28/2017
How Straight Teeth Improves Your Oral Health
2/20/2017
Why You Need to Avoid Clear Sodas
1/27/2017
Getting a Photogenic Smile
1/17/2017
Is Sugar Your Tooth's Worst Enemy?
12/30/2016
Having Nice Breath This Holiday Season
12/20/2016


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