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It Is Never Good When Teeth Move Around As You Sleep
Posted on 4/15/2019 by Ralph Becker
If you wake up in the morning with teeth that appear to have shifted into different positions, you may be suffering from bruxism, a condition where you clench and grind your teeth at night. Unfortunately, this could lead to a host of dental problems, so it is important that you learn more about dental bruxism and how to treat it. Signs of Grinding the Teeth Since grinding often occurs while asleep, you may not be aware that you are even doing it. However, teeth that shift out of position, dull chewing surfaces, jaw pain, and a constant headache in the morning are all symptoms. Your spouse may also tell you that he or she can hear you grinding while you rest at night. The Trouble with Grinding There are many troubles associated with grinding the teeth. Unnatural pressure can cause the teeth to move out of place, which may alter the alignment of your smile. If your teeth become crooked, they can be harder to clean, and tooth decay may result. Chronic grinding wears down the teeth, and when this happens, crowns, bridges, root canals, and other restorations may be necessary. Additionally, the jaw can be affected, and you may experience jaw pain when chewing. How to Stop Grinding If you grind your teeth, there are steps you can take to kick the habit. One of the most common is the use of a mouth guard while you are sleeping. This will protect your teeth from damage due to clenching and prevent your teeth from shifting at night. Stress management activities can also help with your grinding. Do you suspect that you grind your teeth at night? Do you wake up in the morning and notice that your teeth look or feel different? If these scenarios sound like you, please give our office a call and set up an evaluation....

Top 3 Problems to Expect if You Chew Ice
Posted on 3/30/2019 by Ralph Becker
Do you tend to chew on ice when it is hot out or while sipping on a soda at your favorite restaurant? You probably know that it isn't good for your teeth, but do you really understand how your mouth might be affected? These are some of the most common problems you can expect. Chipped Teeth Picture this – you're chewing on an ice cube and suddenly feel a pop in your mouth. You use your tongue to feel your tooth and notice the shape seems dramatically different. You've chipped a tooth, and if it happens to be one of your front teeth, your smile might be affected. Root canals, caps, and crowns might be required to correct the problem. Damaged Enamel The enamel is the hardest substance in your body, and it is made to protect the inner layers of your teeth. Still, it isn't completely resistant to damage, especially when you place it under unnatural force. If you chew ice, you could damage the enamel, opening your tooth to a host of other dental health issues. When the enamel is damaged, bacteria can reach into the inner portions of your teeth and lead to cavities and decay. Problems with Existing Dental Work Dental work is a big investment, with crowns, fillings, caps, and bridges working to restore the function and appearance of your natural teeth. By chewing on ice, you could potentially undo all that work. Fillings could break, requiring a new filling and potentially even a root canal depending on the cause of the problem. If you chew ice consistently, you may find that your crowns need to be replaced earlier than anticipated. Ultimately, chewing on ice could lead to some expensive dental repairs. Has your ice chewing habit caused a problem in your mouth? If so, give our office a call today....

Things to Ask Us at Your Next Appointment
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Ralph Becker
We encourage you to ask questions during your dental appointments so that we are on the same page regarding your dental health and treatment plans. However, we've noticed that some patients feel hesitant to ask us for more information. These are some of the important questions that you might want to bring up at your next appointment. How Often Should I Receive Dental Checkups? While most people should see us every six months for dental checkups, your oral or overall health status may require you to come in sooner. If you have ongoing issues that require treatment, appointments every three to four months may be a better option. Regular visits allow us to track your progress, clean your teeth, and ensure that we identify problems early. How Can I Improve My Oral Health? After we examine your mouth and perform your cleaning, we'll have a better idea of your oral health status. We can then make recommendations on how to better care for your mouth, such as flossing, eating a better diet, or choosing a new toothbrush. What Can I Do about My Oral Health Concern? Is something troubling you within your mouth? Perhaps you're experiencing a sore tooth, clicking in your jaw, or tooth sensitivity. Whatever the issue is, we want you to tell us about it and ask questions. Some of these issues – like tooth sensitivity – aren't problems that we can always see, so we need you to let us know so that we can find the right treatment option. How is My Chronic Health Condition Affecting My Mouth? If you have heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis, please let us know, and tell us about the medications you might be taking. These conditions can affect your oral health – and vice versa – so special precautions should be considered. Our goal is to have a collaborative relationship where we work as a team to keep your mouth healthy. Call us today to set up your next appointment, and don't be afraid to ask questions....

All Posts:
It Is Never Good When Teeth Move Around As You Sleep
Top 3 Problems to Expect if You Chew Ice
Things to Ask Us at Your Next Appointment
Best Methods for Stopping Tooth Decay
Benefits Oil Pulling Can Provide
Mouth Guards Can Give You a Lot of Oral Protection
Most People Do Not Put Enough Urgency Behind a Toothache
What to Do if You Haven't Been to the Dentist in Many Years
What to Do About Toothaches Following Fillings
Cold Air Can Cause Toothaches
Chewing Tobacco is Really No Better Than Smoking Where Your Oral Health is Concerned
Vegetables That Can Reduce Dental Stains
Does Tooth Pain Cause Migraines?
Does Pregnancy Change Your Dental Needs?
When Does Sleep Apnea Require Treatment?
What Your Teeth Get When You Spend Time Out in the Sun
Ways Lasers Can Improve the Health of Your Mouth

Ralph J. Becker, D.D.S., P.C.
7007 Davison Rd
Davison, MI 48423-2005

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