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Posts for: September, 2016

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
September 28, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits   pen chewing  

If you are an infamous pen chewer it’s time to find out what kind of havoc you are wreaking on your teeth.

You can’t help it; your pen chewing has become a habit. Maybe you don’t even know when you do it, or perhaps it alleviates your stress. oral healthWhatever the reason may be your Delray Beach, FL dentist, Dr. Henry Rodriguez, is here to tell you why you should put that pen down if you want to keep a healthy smile.

While teeth are durable and can certainly tear apart a thick steak, it doesn’t mean that they are meant to nibble on inedible objects, as well. No matter whether you choose pencils or pen caps, if you are chomping down on any of these writing utensils you may find yourself dealing with a cracked, chipped or fractured tooth at some point. Instead of needing restorative dentistry in Delray Beach, nix this habit altogether to prevent dental damage from ruining your smile.

As if this wasn’t enough reason to put the pen down, you have to also consider where that pen has been besides your mouth. It’s been tumbling around in your bag or purse, sitting on a communal desk or goodness knows where else. So, why would you even want to put this kind of nasty bacteria in your mouth, which could potentially lead to an infection?

You may be wondering how you even begin to stop this habit. It can be a bit tricky, especially if you aren’t always aware of when you do it. But here are some helpful tips for how to stop yourself from this nasty little habit so you can protect your teeth:

  • Always carry a pack of sugar-less chewing gum on you. Whenever you feel the urge to chew, just pop a piece of gum in your mouth. Not only will your breath be pleasant for colleagues or fellow students, but you’ll also prevent damage to your teeth.
  • Pen chewing is a lot like nail biting and it can be difficult to stop. If you’ve ever tried to stop yourself from biting your nails, perhaps you’ve tried coating your nails with a product that is supposed to taste gross whenever you bite down. Of course, you could try using this same product on your pen to make it less desirable.
  • When you aren’t actually using your pen make a habit of putting it down. By putting your pen down you can stop yourself from having the urge to chew.

If you want to maintain a healthy smile it’s important that you visit our Delray Beach, FL dental office every six months for a routine exam. Turn to Brilliant Smiles Dental for all of your general and cosmetic dentistry needs.

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
September 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: toothache  

Pain has a purpose: it tells us when something's wrong with our bodies. Sometimes it's obvious, like a cut or bruise. Sometimes, though, it takes a bit of sleuthing to find out what's wrong.

That can be the case with a toothache. One possible cause is perhaps the most obvious: something's wrong with the tooth. More specifically, decay has invaded the tooth's inner pulp, which is filled with an intricate network of nerves that react to infection by emitting pain. The pain can feel dull or sharp, constant or intermittent.

But decay isn't the only cause for tooth pain: periodontal (gum) disease can trigger similar reactions. Bacteria living in dental plaque, a thin film of food particles on tooth surfaces, infect the gums. This weakens the tissues and can cause them to shrink back (recede) from the teeth and expose the roots. As a result, the teeth can become painfully sensitive to hot or cold foods or when biting down.

Finding the true pain source determines how we treat it. If decay has invaded the pulp you'll need a root canal treatment to clean out the infection and fill the resulting void with a special filling; this not only saves the tooth, it ends the pain. If the gums are infected, we'll need to aggressively remove all plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) to restore the gums to health.

To further complicate matters, an infection from tooth decay could eventually affect the gums and supporting bone, just as a gum infection could enter the tooth by way of the roots. Once the infection crosses from tooth to gums (or gums to tooth), the tooth's long-term outlook grows dim.

So, if you're noticing any kind of tooth pain, or you have swollen, reddened or bleeding gums, you should call us for an appointment as soon as possible. The sooner we can diagnose the problem and begin appropriate treatment the better your chances of a good outcome — and an end to the pain.

If you would like more information on diagnosing and treating tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Confusing Tooth Pain: Combined Root Canal and Gum Problems.”

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
September 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health

When you’re among the top players in your field, you need every advantage to help you stay competitive: Not just the best equipment, but anything else that relieves pain and stress, and allows you to play better. For top-seeded Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic, that extra help came in a somewhat unexpected form: a custom made mouthguard that he wears on the court and off. “[It helps] to not grind my teeth while I play,” said the 25-year-old up-and-coming ace. “It just causes stress and headaches sometimes.”

Mouthguards are often worn by athletes engaged in sports that carry the risk of dental injury — such as basketball, football, hockey, and some two dozen others; wearing one is a great way to keep your teeth from being seriously injured. But Raonic’s mouthguard isn’t primarily for safety; it’s actually designed to help him solve the problem of teeth grinding, or bruxism. This habitual behavior causes him to unconsciously tense up his jaw, potentially leading to problems with muscles and teeth.

Bruxism is a common issue that’s often caused or aggravated by stress. You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to suffer from this condition: Everyday anxieties can have the same effect. The behavior is often worsened when you consume stimulating substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and other drugs.

While bruxism affects thousands of people, some don’t even suspect they have it. That’s because it may occur at any time — even while you’re asleep! The powerful jaw muscles that clench and grind teeth together can wear down tooth enamel, and damage both natural teeth and dental work. They can even cause loose teeth! What’s more, a clenching and grinding habit can result in pain, headaches and muscle soreness… which can really put you off your game.

There are several ways to relieve the problem of bruxism. Stress reduction is one approach that works in some cases. When it’s not enough, a custom made occlusal guard (also called a night guard or mouthguard) provided by our office can make a big difference. “When I don’t sleep with it for a night,” Raonic said “I can feel my jaw muscles just tense up the next day. I don’t sense myself grinding but I can sort of feel that difference the next day.”

 An occlusal guard is made from an exact model of your own mouth. It helps to keep your teeth in better alignment and prevent them from coming into contact, so they can’t damage each other. It also protects your jaw joints from being stressed by excessive force. Plus, it’s secure and comfortable to wear. “I wear it all the time other than when I’m eating, so I got used to it pretty quickly,” said Raonic.

Teeth grinding can be a big problem — whether you put on your game face on the court… or at home. If you would like more information about bruxism, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”

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