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10 Reasons To Quit Teeth Grinding, 4 Ways To Stop

shutterstock_67571734Do you wake up in the morning with your jaw clenched? Do you have sensitive teeth? Are the tips of your teeth worn down? You may suffer from bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding.

Teeth grinding – caused by a voluntary or involuntary contraction of your facial muscles – is harmful to your oral health. If you don’t think it’s a big deal, consider this: teeth grinding can create between 250 to 600 pounds per square inch on your first molar.


 Teeth grinding can have any of the following symptoms/effects:

1.Gum or periodontal disease. This is where the attachment fibers around your teeth break down due to trauma and, as a result, your teeth grow loose.

2.Cracks in teeth. Usually these are small, but when you have large silver-colored or amalgam fillings, grinding can cause much larger cracks.
3.Abfraction lesions. This is where you start losing enamel close to the gum-line, causing scooped-out lesions. These lead to sensitivity and weakening of the tooth structure, which may mean additional fillings.
4.Sensitivity. Sensitivity caused by tooth grinding can mimic that caused by cavities.
5.Damage to crowns or veneers. Most often, grinding causes the failure of fillings and veneers on anterior teeth.
6.Excessive damage to teeth opposing porcelain crowns.
7.Tempero-mandibular joint problems, which causes clicking and popping of the jaw.
8.Limited opening of your mouth.
10.Sore facial muscles.

The bottom line – teeth grinding is bad news, and it should be addressed like any other medical condition.teethgrinding

Prevention and Treatment
1.The best way to prevent teeth grinding is by reducing stress and anxiety. There are many to do this, but I recommend meditation and yoga. Just 20 minutes of meditation before sleeping will lessen teeth grinding.
2.While most teeth grinding is stress-related, it can sometimes result from misalignment of teeth. One way to be sure is to see a dentist in Jupiter.
3.Also, sleeping on your back tends to reduce teeth grinding because it allows your mouth to open up a little. If possible, avoid sleeping on your side or stomach.
4.The best treatment for teeth grinding is to use a nightguard, which is a mouthpiece that keeps your teeth from making contact and distributes the force of clenching evenly across your teeth.

Best of luck with stopping your teeth grinding.  If you are looking for a dentist in Jupiter, look no further thanShoreline Smiles and make an appointment today.

The Silent Disease In Your Mouth

gum-diseaseDid you know that every three out of four of adults in America have a disease in their mouths that they don’t know exists? A disease that — if left untreated — can increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke?

Gum disease is the silent disease in your mouth. And it’s not being properly diagnosed. Studies have found that only 13% of dental offices across the country are using the proper method of diagnosis, which involves taking measurements of the pockets around your teeth. At Shoreline Smiles we take gum disease seriously and perform an in-depth analysis of all of our patients’ gum health.

But Where’s The Pain?

I am often asked by my patients, “Why don’t I feel any pain if I have gum disease?” The answer to that question is that pain is on it’s way. While early on you may not feel discomfort, the pain sets in the severe stages of gum disease. Unfortunately, when it reaches this stage, the gum disease is not reversible.

5 Signs That You Have Moderate To Severe Gum Disease

1. Your gums bleed profusely upon brushing or flossing

2. You have bad breath

3. Your teeth feel mobile

4. Your gums are red, swollen and/or receded

5. Your teeth hurt while chewing

Like any other medical condition, gum disease is serious and needs to be treated. It’s best to catch it in it’s early stages when it can be reversed. And with proper maintenance, you can keep the disease in remission.

Now that you’re more aware of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Shoreline Smiles and have us take a look. While you’re there, be sure to ask your friendly Shoreline Smiles dentist about how to keep your gums looking healthy.

Why is Teeth Whitening so popular today?

imagesTeeth whitening is popular for lots of reasons. The most obvious? Having a naturally whiter smile makes you feel great and it is aesthetically pleasing to others. It helps you improve your appearance, enhance your self-esteem and confidence and makes a great impression on others. Tooth whitening is also an easy and more inexpensive procedure to undergo than many other forms of cosmetic dentistry. So, considering cost, results and satisfaction, tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world.

A quick glimpse at history shows that the desire to have white teeth has been around long before the arrival of seductive Hollywood smiles and billion-dollar bleaching campaigns.

People have actually been whitening their teeth for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians used a cream made from oxen hooves mixed with burned eggshell, pumice and water to whiten their teeth. Upper-class Romans added expensive imported urine to their teeth whitening mix (unaware that it was the ammonia molecules that were whitening their teeth). The Greeks had formulations, as did the Europeans who were putting compounds on their teeth in a conscious effort to whiten them during the Renaissance. Unfortunately, those compounds were essentially the equivalent of today’s Clorox & ate the enamel away on the teeth. They had whiter teeth for a while, but then they started to see severe decay.

In contrast to previous  teeth whitening methods, today’s treatments are much safer and produce great results – with far less damaging side effects.

Dental FAQS




Maintaining Dental Health

Maintaining dental health has two main components — at-home dental hygiene and professional cleanings and examinations. Simple maintenance of your dental health can prevent complications such as tooth loss, as well as the need for restorative or cosmetic dentistry in the future.


How can I prevent tooth decay and gum disease?

Good oral hygiene starts at home, though it needs to be supplemented by regular visits to our cosmetic and general dentistry practice, Shoreline Smiles. Steps you can take to prevent tooth decay and gum disease include:

Thorough brushing

Brush at least twice daily using a soft-bristle toothbrush and an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. This helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and the need for costly cosmetic or restorative dentistry in the future. Replace your brush every two to three months.

Proper flossing

Flossing is crucial to the health of your teeth and gums and the prevention of gum disease. When flossing, use an 18-inch strand of floss. Ease the floss between each tooth; then, sweep it up and down several times while curving around the tooth at the gum line. Don’t forget to floss behind your last tooth and to floss bridges and artificial teeth with the aid of a floss threader.

Regular dental visits

At every regularly-scheduled dental appointment at Shoreline Smiles, one of our dentists will carefully check your teeth, gums, mouth, and throat. A checkup at the Shoreline Smiles dental office includes:
A head and neck examination: This includes a cancer exam, facial exam, palpation of chewing muscles, palpation of lymph nodes, and an exam of the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. A clinical dental examination: This includes a periodontal exam and examinations of the mobility of teeth, the mucous membranes, saliva, occlusion (bite), removable appliances, and contact between teeth. If we detect tooth decay or broken fillings, we will discuss appropriate action with you. A full set of digital X-rays
A dental cleaning (prophylaxis): This includes scaling plaque, polishing teeth, flossing, assessing your mouth’s cleanliness, and providing oral hygiene instructions. If you wish to learn more about proper brushing and flossing techniques, ask your dentist about it at this stage of the visit.

Following the clinical dental exam, your dentist will discuss a detailed treatment plan, if necessary. One of our friendly receptionists will schedule a follow-up visit for you.

Regular dental visits, along with a thorough home care regimen, are key to a lifetime of good oral health. General dentistry of this type can prevent the need for cosmetic or restorative dentistry later in life.


How does fluoride help prevent tooth decay?

Fluoride helps reverse and prevent tooth decay in three ways:

1. Promoting Tooth Remineralization

Acids can demineralize a tooth — that is, create a weak spot that develops into a cavity. Fluoride helps promote the opposite process, called remineralization, which can reverse the very early stages of tooth decay.

2. Helping Teeth Become More Resistant to Tooth Decay

Fluoride actually strengthens teeth, giving them natural protection against future tooth decay.

3. Inhibiting Oral Bacteria’s Ability to Create Tooth-Attacking Acids

Fluoride disrupts bacteria’s ability to metabolize sugars, the process that leads to the attack of tooth enamel.


What are the stages of gum disease? How is gum disease treated?

Gum disease has several stages. The initial stage is called gingivitis and is an infection of the gingival (gum tissue). In this stage, gums become red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. The underlying bone is unaffected. In later stages, however, gum disease can lead to bone loss and the loosening or even loss of teeth.

Gum disease treatment varies according to the stage of the disease. At its mildest stages, gingivitis can be treated by clearing plaque and tartar deposits from the gum pockets. Severe gum disease, on the other hand, might require treatment that includes bone and gum grafts.