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Teeth Grinding Can Indicate Sleep Problems

Do you wake up with a headache or jaw pain? Are you usually tired throughout the day despite getting plenty of sleep? Chances are that you may be suffering from “bruxism” (teeth grinding). According to an article on CNN’s website, “It occurs in approximately 14% to 17% of children, although these rates decrease with age.” There is no identifying gene for this occurrence; however, there is evidence that it can run in the family – affecting both males and females.

During an oral exam, I can help determine if there is any damage being done to the teeth as a results of excess grinding, usually a characteristic of worn down teeth. In extreme cases, the enamel can be cracked. It is important to find out what is causing the patient to grind his/her teeth in order to treat it accordingly. Some of the common factors leading to bruxism include high levels of stress, crooked teeth, use of drugs and/or other medications, or complications of another disease. In many cases, a mouth piece can be used at night in order to protect the teeth from grinding while other issues are treated. Stress, aggression, or other causes of bruxism must be addressed in order to reduce and eventually eliminate grinding at night.

As an extensively trained Beverly Hills dentist, I am dedicated to my patient’s well-being – from their teeth to their general health. During your visit to my office, I am able to monitor any changes in the teeth and help determine if there are any other underlying health problems that should be addressed.

Please feel free to contact my practice to schedule an appointment if you suspect that you may suffer from teeth grinding. We can discuss your concerns and establish an appropriate treatment plan.

Don't Skip Dental Check-ups!

It’s no secret that the economy hasn’t fully recuperated from the dip it took in recent years. It has also become apparent that many individuals are nixing their dental check-ups in order to save some money. But did you know that if you let your dental health slip that you could potentially end up paying more for your treatments? Although you may be brushing, flossing, and rinsing at least twice a day, there is still a chance that you’re not adequately cleaning every corner of the mouth.

There are many individuals who have had to skip their regular visit for several years, only to make an appointment when a certain problem persists. Unfortunately for countless people, it is to treat a simple procedure, such as a filling. Then, much to the patient’s dismay, a more aggressive dental procedure may be necessary, such as a root canal or dental implant. These treatments tend to cost the patient double or triple the amount that they would have originally spent.

In other cases, a routine check-up could even lead to the diagnosis of other medical issues, such as heart disease or diabetes. In these circumstances, I would highly recommend that the patient schedule an appointment with his/her primary physician for a follow-up.

As an experienced Beverly Hills dentistry professional, I am fully dedicated to my patients’ dental and overall health. It is my goal to help each patient achieve not only a brighter smile, but a healthier one as well. By taking care of your teeth and general oral care, you may even be saving your own life. Don’t hesitate to browse my website to learn more regarding the treatments available and schedule an appointment.

Effects of Soda and Sugar on Teeth

One of the most commonly asked questions is: How harmful is sugar and soda on my teeth? The answer: Very! Not only do these foods and drinks create staining and cavities; they can also affect your entire health. According to some reports, the following finding should be plenty to make you pause and think before picking up a sugar-loaded beverage:

  • A liter of an aspartame-sweetened beverage can produce about 56 mg of methanol. When several are consumed in a short period of time, as much as 250 mg of methanol are dumped into the bloodstream – 32 times the EPA limit
  • Children who consume an extra soft drink a day increase their chance of becoming obese by 60 percent. Furthermore, specific amounts of soda can be linked to specific amounts of weight gain. Each daily drink adds .18 points to a child’s body mass index (BMI)
  • Aspartame contains methyl or wood alcohol, which can affect fetal brain development, and children who drink large quantities of diet sodas containing aspartame are particularly vulnerable to its dangerous side effects.
  • Cola drinks can interact adversely with antacids, which can cause constipation, calcium loss, hypertension, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and kidney damage
  • Tooth loss, periodontal disease, and gingivitis can be problems, especially with a high phosphorus intake, particularly from soft drinks. All kinds of bone problems can occur with prolonged calcium deficiency, which causes a decrease in bone mass.
  • Rickets in children (a disease of growing bone), osteomalacia (decreased bone calcium) in adults, and osteoporosis (porous and fragile bones) can occur when calcium is withdrawn from bones faster than it is deposited. Fractures are more common with osteoporosis and almost eight million yearly in the United States are related to this prevalent nutritional deficiency disease.

If you would like more information on how to protect your teeth and general health from illness, please schedule an appointment with your dentist. You may call my office to make an appointment and further discuss your dental health.

Signs and Symptoms of a Cavity

Do you feel stabbing pains in your mouth when you eat or drink sugary foods/beverages? What about when you consume hot or cold items? If so, get to a dentist – fast! While you may be brushing and flossing regularly, there is still a chance that you have a cavity…or two.

However, if you’re feeling some pain and/or discomfort in your teeth, the cavity may be more advanced than you think. In order to prevent the need for extensive dental treatments, it is important that you visit your dentist on a regular basis. A qualified and trained dental professional will carefully and thoroughly examine each tooth individually in order to determine if there is any damage. Typically, a cavity can cause the tooth’s surface to feel soft when touched with a dental instrument during the examination. In addition, X-rays can reveal any damage that is not yet visible.

Ultimately, your best plan of attack against cavities and tooth decay is steering away from foods/drinks that cause damage. But if you’re still not sure if your teeth are in top shape, schedule a visit with your dentist. A regular cleaning can help remove plaque build-up that is slowly eating away at the enamel. This is important because plaque can also lead to other health issues aside from cavities.

Schedule an appointment at my Beverly Hills practice for a check-up to learn how you can prevent cavities and other medical problems. Dedicated to my patients’ health and well-being, I look forward to helping you achieve a healthier, brighter smile.

Tel: (310) 273-0111

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