Do you clench or grind your teeth?

Teeth grinding is an involuntary movement that can cause negative and destructive effects to the teeth and areas in the mouth. Grinding your teeth generally refers to sliding action of the teeth against each other. Clenching is referred to as a tightly closed biting action with constant pressure. Both have the potential to damage the teeth and cause pain in the jaw. We recommend scheduling a visit with Leslie B. Anthony, DMD today to find out more about prevention and treatment options.

Clenching and grinding your teeth can occur when you are awake or asleep. While awake it may be a response to stress, tension, anxiety, or deep concentration. Sleep is very important for our health and well-being. Proper rest can effectively refresh our mind and our body while helping us prepare for the next day and strengthen our immune system. Sleep disturbances can take a toll on our health and may prevent us from being productive and functioning as our best selves. One of the most common sleep disturbances that prevents us from getting a good night’s sleep is clenching or grinding our teeth.

Do you ever wake up with:
  • Headaches
  • Sore, achy, and fatigued jaw
  • Earaches
  • Sensitive teeth and gums
  • Your partner complaining about the grinding noises you make throughout the night

 

If you answered yes to any of these, you may have what medical professionals call bruxism. Bruxism is excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Bruxism may be caused by a combination of things such as physical, psychological and genetic factors.

Factors that influence whether or not teeth grinding and clenching causes pain and other problems will be different from person to person. They may include but are not limited to:
  • Stress
  • Alignment of teeth
  • Anxiety
  • Diet
  • Your ability to relax
  • Sleeping habits and routines
  • Oral care

 

Tips for reducing teeth grinding and clenching

 

  • Reduce your daily stress. It is important for your health and well-being to learn how to reduce and manage your stress. Relax your mind by doing something you enjoy. Take time to participate in your favorite hobby, go for a walk, do something creative like write or paint, or take a relaxing bath with essential oils to relax your mind.
  • Avoid caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that can make anxiety worse causing more stress and tension in the body. Caffeine can also make it more difficult to fall and stay asleep.
  • Avoid chewing on objects. Chewing on pens or pencils and even chewing gum for prolonged periods of time can tighten jaw muscles and increase your risk of grinding and clenching your teeth.
  • Custom-fitted Mouth guard.  Schedule your appointment with Dr. Leslie Anthony to get fitted for a custom fitted mouth guard that will help protect your teeth while you sleep.

 

Studies suggest that over 40 million people in the US alone grind or clench their teeth. You may be one of them and not even be aware that you are grinding and clenching your teeth. That is why it is important to schedule regular visits with Leslie B. Anthony, DMD.  Dr. Leslie Anthony may see signs of grinding and clenching when examining your teeth at a checkup appointment and she can determine the cause of your teeth grinding and then come up with a treatment plan that is best suited for your needs.

 

Call Leslie B. Anthony, DMD today

At 752-8161

 

 

 

 

Healthy Dental Habits for Kids

 

Healthy Dental Habits for Kids

Ways to encourage your children to take good care of their teeth from the beginning.

 

  • Schedule a visit- It is recommended that your child should have their first visit with us at Dr. Anthony’s as soon as their first tooth appears or no later than his or her first birthday. We recommend scheduling regular checkups at least every 6 months to catch early signs of decay or cavities.

 

  • Make brushing fun– To make brushing more fun let your child pick out their own fun colorful brushes, have them use a toothpaste that is specially designed for kids, and try incorporating a song that brings more fun into the bathroom that educates and encourages your child to brush their teeth. A video you and your child may like is This Is The Way We Brush Our Teeth from LittleBabyBum!

  • Read with your kids– Reading books to your children can often be the best way to help them learn new things. Finding books about brushing that are colorful, have fun characters, and that teach the importance of good dental health is a great way to get your child excited about good dental habits early. A great book to check out is Brush, Brush, Brush!

 

  • Model good habits – Play follow the leader and lead by example. Take good care of your own teeth by regularly brushing and flossing and your child will be likely to do the same. Make it a fun experience that you can do together.

 

  • Routine- Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is recommended. Getting your child into a routine of brushing creates a healthy habit. You will need to brush your child’s teeth for them until they are ready to brush them on their own. Always make sure you supervise your child while brushing his or her teeth to make sure they do not swallow their toothpaste. Children should begin flossing to clean between any teeth that touch.

 

We encourage you to stop in to our office for a fun visit so your child can have a friendly meeting with Dr. Anthony and our team of hygienists. Your child can pick out a free timer that they can use while brushing. Let us help your child feel comfortable at the dentist and get them started with good dental habits early.

 

Call 752-8161 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leslie Anthony today.

We look forward to visits with your entire family.