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7 Apr 2016

Teeth Grinding and it’s Potential Dangers


Do you grind your teeth at night? You may and not even realize it. Teeth grinding also known as bruxism can happen when you’re sleeping and awake, and is usually brought on by stress related issues and anxiety.

Some recently conducted research has yielded some very interesting results regarding how teeth grinding can create other issues with your body. “One study using an EEG reported that sleep bruxers experience more sleep arousals than non-bruxers. During a bruxing episode, heart rate increased, placing additional strain on their bodies. Although more research is required in order to see whether or not these episodes negatively affect cardiovascular health long-term, the cause of one’s bruxism is of great importance. If symptoms of anxiety are causing this behavior, for instance, chronic stress is known to significantly threaten heart health.” If you experience elevated levels of stress in your life due to work or other factors, make sure you take the steps to help relieve it.

So, what does this mean for those who suffer from bruxism? Firstly, you have to determine if you are are indeed a night time teeth grinder. Some symptoms of this may include: sore jaw when you awake in the morning, earaches, chipped/damaged teeth, and chewed tissue inside your cheek. If you notice any of these issues make sure to contact your Ottawa dental professional. They will be able to give your mouth a full assessment and make a thorough diagnosis. If they determine that bruxism is indeed the condition, they can prescribe custom fitted mouthguards that will keep you protected while you sleep.

31 Mar 2016

Tips for Better Dental Health for Kids

Cheerful father and sin brushing teeth in bathroom

Kids are the future and their ability to make a substantial impact in life is dependent on the choices they make. Healthy development starts at home.

In order to facilitate the best dental health possible (which will also promote better overall health) there are some important things to consider. Here are some tips which parents and children alike need to have in mind when taking care of their teeth and gums.

Start Early – Ensure that you begin taking care of your child’s dental health before teeth even start sprouting in their mouths. Register them with a paediatric dentist and make sure to keep their mouths and gums as clean as possible.

Healthy Bedtime Routine Avoid giving your children any milk or other sugary beverages before they go to bed. If they do get thirsty water is the best option. Also make sure that their teeth are brushed (if they’re old enough to have some) and that their gums are cleaned.

Positive Support – As a parent it’s important to be in your child’s corner and offer them the necessary support to keep them on the path toward the best dental health. Make sure your children are brushing for at least 2 minutes when they brush and that they are doing it properly and reaching all of their teeth.

When you help get your children set on the right path for the best dental health early on, it’s is that much easier for them to maintain those habits throughout their lives.