There are quite a few people out there who could use a dental appliance to help protect their teeth. This is a common treatment for people who suffer from bruxism, which is grinding and clenching the teeth. Most of the time, this happens in heavy stress times or while a person sleeps, making an oral appliance the best solution to help. If you wake up to sore teeth or a stiff jaw, we may need to take a look and see if your teeth show the common signs of bruxism.
How a Dental Appliance Can Help
When you sleep with a dental appliance, your teeth sit differently than without it. If you grind your teeth back and forth while you sleep, without an appliance, the enamel is getting scratched on both the top and the bottom teeth. If you have the appliance in place, your teeth are scratching into hardened plastic that isn’t going to cause damage to your teeth in the process. If you clench your teeth in your sleep, instead of putting all of the pressure on just a couple of the teeth in the back of your jaw, your appliance spreads out the pressure and protects your teeth from cracking.
How We Design a Dental Appliance to Help with Bruxism
We will take a scan of your mouth to create a custom dental appliance for you. You will be able to match your appliance up to your teeth, and give you the exact placement your teeth need to help protect them from damage. We recommend that you wear the dental appliance any time you notice you are clenching or grinding your teeth, or when you sleep.
We want to help protect your teeth from the dangers associated with bruxism, and an oral appliance is often the most effective tool. Let us see if you have the signs of bruxism on your teeth, and if so, let us work with you to create a treatment plan that not only helps to protect your teeth but also controls your bruxism.
There is a lot of stuff flying around in the air in your home. Between dust, hair, mist from sprays, and dirt, there are countless things that can trickle down and land on the flat surfaces in your home. If you happen to leave your toothbrush out where those particles trickle down, you are getting those things in your toothbrush, which could result in you getting sick. Instead of taking that chance, it may be time to start regularly sanitizing your toothbrush.
How to Keep Your Toothbrush Sanitary
There are quite a few ways of keeping your toothbrush sanitized and clean. You can start off by putting your toothbrush, head-side down, into a coffee mug and pouring boiling water over it. Leave it in the water for three minutes, and take it out. You can also go with a much easier option and simply add your toothbrush into a load you run through the dishwasher each week. Set it up on the top shelf and make sure you leave it in there until the load is dry.
Using anti-bacterial or anti-microbial mouthwash can also work for sanitizing your toothbrush. Leave it in that between brushings, but make sure that you throw out the old mouthwash and replace it with new stuff each time you brush your teeth. This can get a bit tedious and expensive, but it does work to keep your toothbrush sanitary each time you use it.
How Often Should You Sanitize Your Toothbrush?
This answer depends on how often you get sick and where you leave your toothbrush. You should make sure to sanitize your toothbrush weekly if your toothbrush is in a cabinet and no one in the house is sick. If you leave it out on the counter, sanitize it more regularly. The same goes if people in the house get sick. If you get something that requires antibiotics, then once you are considered no longer contagious, replace your old toothbrush with a new one. It keeps you from putting those same germs back into your mouth, potentially getting you sick all over again.
For more tips on keeping your toothbrush clean and sanitary, come in and talk with us here at Life Style Dentistry. We can talk with you about extra things you can do to keep your mouth healthy, which will also help keep your entire body healthy. Give us a call today!
The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. This is a minor infection and inflammation of the gum tissues, that is most often caused by a buildup of tartar at the gum line. It is imperative that gingivitis is resolved immediately, or it can lead to the more dangerous version of gum disease known as periodontitis.
Early symptoms of gingivitis include red or inflamed gums that are prone to bleeding during brushing and flossing. This is often accompanied by chronic bad breath.
A diligent and effective daily oral hygiene routine is by far the best defense against tartar buildup and gingivitis.
Even the best oral hygiene routine can still allow a little tartar buildup. Tartar at the gum line can be very hard to remove yourself. It usually requires the techniques and training of the dental professionals at your regular dental checkup and cleaning.
If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease or you are overdue for your regular dental cleaning, please call us at 479-636-8700 to schedule an appointment.