Posts for: February, 2017
It might seem that supermodels have a fairly easy life — except for the fact that they are expected to look perfect whenever they’re in front of a camera. Sometimes that’s easy — but other times, it can be pretty difficult. Just ask Chrissy Teigen: Recently, she was in Bangkok, Thailand, filming a restaurant scene for the TV travel series The Getaway, when some temporary restorations (bonding) on her teeth ended up in her food.
As she recounted in an interview, “I was… like, ‘Oh my god, is my tooth going to fall out on camera?’ This is going to be horrible.” Yet despite the mishap, Teigen managed to finish the scene — and to keep looking flawless. What caused her dental dilemma? “I had chipped my front tooth so I had temporaries in,” she explained. “I’m a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand.”
Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone, supermodel or not. In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) occurs during the day, when you’re trying to cope with a stressful situation. Other times, it can occur at night — even while you’re asleep, so you retain no memory of it in the morning. Either way, it’s a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.
When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces produced by clenching and grinding, their hard outer covering (enamel) can quickly start to wear away. In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out. Your teeth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold because of the lack of sufficient enamel. Bruxism can also result in headaches and jaw pain, due in part to the stress placed on muscles of the jaw and face.
You may not be aware of your own teeth-grinding behavior — but if you notice these symptoms, you might have a grinding problem. Likewise, after your routine dental exam, we may alert you to the possibility that you’re a “bruxer.” So what can you do about teeth clenching and grinding?
We can suggest a number of treatments, ranging from lifestyle changes to dental appliances or procedures. Becoming aware of the behavior is a good first step; in some cases, that may be all that’s needed to start controlling the habit. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress — meditation, relaxation, a warm bath and a soothing environment — may also help. If nighttime grinding keeps occurring, an “occlusal guard” (nightguard) may be recommended. This comfortable device is worn in the mouth at night, to protect teeth from damage. If a minor bite problem exists, it can sometimes be remedied with a simple procedure; in more complex situations, orthodontic work might be recommended.
Teeth grinding at night can damage your smile — but you don’t have to take it lying down! If you have questions about bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”
People often believe that they should only see their dentist if there is a physical problem with their teeth. However, regular dental appointments can help keep your teeth free of decay and gum disease and allows your dentist to find and treat conditions before they evolve into complex problems requiring more invasive procedures. Learn how seeing your dentist can benefit you and some common dental procedures with Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH.
What is a root canal?
A tooth which has become heavily decayed requires a root canal. The procedure removes the decayed portion of the tooth and cleans the inside of the tooth. If you have a toothache, chances are you will require this dental procedure to find relief.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a form of orthodontic treatment which improves the appearance of misaligned teeth and corrects the mouth’s bite to make chewing and eating easier. Invisalign differs from traditional braces in that it uses clear plastic aligner trays to move the teeth rather than the normal brackets and wires. Invisalign provides and effective treatment without compromising your look in the process.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening can give your smile a boost in just an hour-long treatment. This process, which occurs right in your dentist’s office, uses chemical reactions between whitening gel and your teeth’s stains to whiten the teeth and lift stains and discolorations. Teeth whitening treatments last up to two years before require a touch-up session, making this procedure beneficial for most people who want a quick and easy way to update their smile.
Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Salem, NH
Your dentist can help you improve the functionality and appearance of your smile. However, before procedures like Invisalign or teeth whitening, your teeth will need to be free of tooth decay and gum disease. Seeing your dentist for regular cleanings helps keep decay-causing bacteria and plaque off of the teeth, reducing the chances of decay or gum issues. Regular examinations help your dentist find and treat potential problems early. The average patient should see their dentist at least once every six months.
For more information on dental procedures or examinations, please contact Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo and Dr. Paul Masterson at Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH. Call (603) 893-4538 to schedule your appointment today!
If you've undergone treatment for periodontal (gum) disease, you know how involved it can be. After several sessions of plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) removal, your swollen, red gums finally begin to regain their healthy pink color.
But with gum disease, the battle may be over but not necessarily the war. If we don't remain vigilant, there's a high chance you'll experience a re-infection.
That's why periodontal maintenance (PM) is so important for gum disease patients after treatment. Plaque, the thin film of bacteria and food particles responsible for the infection, can grow again on your tooth surfaces as it did before. You'll have to practice diligent, daily brushing and flossing to curb that development.
But it's also important to keep up regular dental visits for advanced cleaning to remove hard to reach plaque and calculus. For most people that's usually twice a year, but for gum disease patients it could be up to four times a year, especially just after treatment. And there's more to these visits than cleaning.
Since our goal is to reduce the chances of re-infection as much as possible, we'll thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and any implants for signs of disease (we'll also include an oral cancer screening). We want to assess the health of your teeth and gums and to see how well you're doing hygiene-wise with plaque control.
If we find signs of gum disease, we'll discuss this with you and schedule a new round of treatment. The sooner we initiate treatment, the better your outcome. In some cases, we may perform procedures that make it easier to access and clean areas where plaque tends to build up.
Overall, we want to prevent the occurrence of any future disease and treat it as soon as possible if it re-occurs. Keeping up diligent PM will help ensure your gums continue to stay healthy.