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Is a Filling That Sits Too High a Problem?
Posted on 8/20/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
You get a filling with the hope that it solves whatever problem you had. But what happens if the filling is not perfect. One of the problems that people have is a high filling. If this occurs, it is a good idea to learn what it means and what you need to do about it. It could be a minor problem that you don't need to do anything about, or it could lead to more problems that require attention. How Does it Happen? Whenever we put in a filing, our goal is to put in a filling that will work properly. While it does not happen often, there is always a possibility of a high filling. This occurs when too much filling material is put into place. You may not always notice at first, but there are a few problems associated with a high filling that you will start to see at some time. The Different Problems Some of the problems are a minor nuisance while others are something that you cannot ignore. A high filling can cause premature wearing of the enamel of the tooth and the surrounding teeth because it may rub up against the enamel. This may take some time to notice. More serious and noticeable problems include pain when biting down, headaches, tooth sensitivity, shifting teeth and TMJ disorders. All these issues have symptoms that can happen at any time after you get the filling. Because of the problems that can occur from a high filling, it is not something to ignore. It is something that we can fix and can prevent more problems from occurring at a later time. The key is paying attention to any new filling to make sure you do not have any problems in that area. Call our office to find out more....
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How to Manage Bruxism When You Sleep Through Doing It
Posted on 8/10/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
If you clench and grind your teeth while you're asleep at night, you might think there is nothing that you can do about it. After all, you aren't aware that it is happening until the next day when you wake up with tooth or jaw pain. However, there are a few things that you can try in order to manage your bruxism. Use a Night Guard The most common treatment plan for nighttime grinding is the use of a night guard. We can custom fit a mouth guard to match the exact shape and placement of your teeth. It will fit over the top teeth, and while it won't stop you from grinding while you sleep, it will protect your teeth from damage. Work Out Another tip that might help to reduce your nighttime grinding is to get regular exercise. Many people grind their teeth while asleep due to stress and anxiety, even if you aren't completely conscious of what you are doing. You can take a walk in the evening or work out at the gym – anything that helps you to feel more relaxed and less stressed. Find a Way to Unwind before Bed In addition to exercise, there are other things that you can do to unwind before you go to bed. Some people like to read to take their minds off of their troubles. A warm bath or shower before bed can also help, as warm water can relax the jaw muscles. A heating pad might also help. Bruxism can be extremely damaging to the teeth, so it is important to find a way to manage the issue. If you grind your teeth at night, please call our office to set up an appointment. We will help you to create a bruxism management plan and can inspect your teeth for any possible damage....
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Could Your Oral Health Improve from Including Pumpkin in Your Diet?
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
The foods you eat play a larger role in how healthy you are. This is not surprising for most people to hear. What does surprise people is how some foods can affect differ areas of their body. If you ask someone what foods impact their oral health, you will hear about how sugary foods cause cavities or how drinking water helps remove debris, but you will probably not hear anything about how pumpkin can improve your oral health. This is how it does that. What Does a Pumpkin Have? Most people are familiar with the pumpkins they carve during Halloween. Some will enjoy a pumpkin pie or some other type of pumpkin snack, but they probably don't know the good things they will find inside of that pumpkin. Pumpkins are high in fiber, zinc, magnesium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. These vitamins and mineral can improve not only your oral health, but your overall health. The Impact of Vitamins and Minerals on Oral Health While it is easy to say that getting vitamins and mineral from your diet will improve your oral health. People with a deficiency in zinc will have problems with bones and with the teeth. Getting zinc from pumpkin can make these parts of the body stronger and healthier. The magnesium in pumpkin is essential to help strengthen the enamel of the teeth. This can help prevent tooth decay. Vitamin A helps promote healing and Vitamin C boosts the immune system, which is important to not only oral health, but overall health. It is time for people to start looking at pumpkins as something that is not only for holidays. People that find ways to enjoy this food can also enjoy all the benefits that pumpkins provide for their oral health. It is something that is easy for people to do. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment....
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All Posts:
Is a Filling That Sits Too High a Problem?
8/20/2019
How to Manage Bruxism When You Sleep Through Doing It
8/10/2019
Could Your Oral Health Improve from Including Pumpkin in Your Diet?
7/20/2019
Dangers of Chewing on Ice When it Gets Warm Outside
7/10/2019
Reasons to Not Use Electric Toothbrushes
6/20/2019
How to Tell if You Are Getting a Dental Abscess
6/10/2019
Ideal Foods for Stress Reduction So You Can Stop Grinding Your Teeth
5/25/2019
Ideal Foods for Stress Reduction So You Can Stop Grinding Your Teeth
5/25/2019
Your Teeth Love It When You Snack on Vegetables
5/15/2019
Your Teeth Love It When You Snack on Vegetables
5/15/2019
Is 30 Minutes the Right Amount of Time to Wait to Brush?
4/25/2019
Is 30 Minutes the Right Amount of Time to Wait to Brush?
4/20/2019
Invisalign Questions You May Want to Ask Us
4/15/2019
Invisalign Questions You May Want to Ask Us
4/10/2019
Teeth That Shift During the Night Often Have a Reason
3/30/2019
Teeth That Shift During the Night Often Have a Reason
3/25/2019
How Can You Tell If You Are Starting to Develop a Cavity?
3/20/2019
How Can You Tell If You Are Starting to Develop a Cavity?
3/15/2019
Benefits of Using Waxed Floss
2/25/2019
About to Be in Pictures? Here Are Some Quick Tips to Brighten Your Smile!
2/15/2019
Times When You Should Avoid a Fluoride Treatment
1/30/2019
Things You May Not Even Realize Your Teeth Are Trying to Tell You
1/15/2019
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