Stress can manifest itself in many ways. You might have experienced it by way of sleepless nights, weight gain or moodiness.
However, have you ever woken up in the morning and felt like your teeth and jaw were sore? This uncomfortable feeling is often the result of grinding your teeth, or “bruxism.” More commonly done unconsciously while you sleep, teeth grinding can also occur when you are awake, and is commonly a result of stress. For those that grind their teeth during daytime hours, it’s often done unwittingly during intense concentration, like when you’re driving through traffic, working on a presentation at work, or lifting heavy objects.
But, is teeth grinding only a thing of adults? No! Your kids can suffer from bruxism, too, which can have an even more serious impact on developing palates and mouths.
In this article, we’ve outlined the common problems associated with teeth grinding, and what to be on the lookout for if you suspect your child is doing it.
Symptoms and causes
The most common symptom of bruxism is headaches. Unfortunately, many patients admit that when they wake up with a headache, they don’t think about teeth grinding—they almost always assume it’s from allergies or poor sleep. But if you’re constantly waking up with a headache, don’t just pop an Advil and move on. In company with other symptoms such as a stiff neck, ear pain, jaw problems and sleep disorders, it can all be attributed to teeth grinding.
Unfortunately, just like with constant morning headaches, these symptoms can easily be written off as the signs of an impending cold or the result of Texas’s long allergy season. If you notice a pattern that isn’t alleviated by a change of seasons or sleep habits, it’s time to give us a call so we can determine the root cause.
Experts believe that 70% of people clench their teeth as a result of stress. However, other causes include anxiety, smoking, heavy alcohol use or depression. Teeth grinding is also commonly associated with people who suffer from sleep apnea. If you suffer from any of these conditions, it is important to be aware of the signs and seek help at the first symptom.
While bruxism doesn’t cause immediate complications, over time it will lead to tooth damage that could necessitate crowns, tooth restoration, or jaw surgery. It can also lead to TMJ syndrome, which occurs as a result of the temporomandibular joint (the joint that connects your jaw to your skull) becoming injured or damaged. In severe cases, TMJ sufferers may need jaw surgery to relieve the pain.
Teeth grinding in kids
Teeth grinding is quite common in children. Some experts believe 20-30% of children experience it at some point. Unlike its manifestation in adults, many children outgrow teeth grinding over time. Children are most likely to clench their jaws or grind their teeth as a result of poor tooth alignment, or as a result of pain experienced during teething, or even an ear infection. If you suspect your child is doing this, it’s important to visit the dentist to determine if their enamel is chipped or if they are experiencing any sensitivity.
Most bruxism in children is mild and doesn’t have long lasting side-effects. However, it is important to be on the lookout for complications and seek help at the first signs of TMJ.
Teeth grinding is a condition that can easily be fixed with the help of your dentist. Your dentist may recommend a custom-fitted night guard that fits over your bottom teeth to protect the jaw muscles and prevent TMJ. In addition to dental guards, practicing relaxation techniques before bed to ease stress can help relieve the grinding of teeth. If you or a family member—big or small—has been suffering with this and wasn’t sure what to do, give us a call today so we can lay out all the options and get that mouth on the road to recovery!
via Blogger Teeth Grinding…In Children?
Are you a parent with an infant or toddler who sucks their thumb? We here at Dr. Marchbanks’ office are here to answer the questions you either have or SHOULD be asking!
Most parents understand why children reach for their thumb, but some are new to the world of parenting or otherwise are looking for a refresher on the thumb-sucking phenomenon.
We want to explain this topic through and through: the why and when, the causes and effects, the ways to address the habit, and—if needed—when to be concerned.
Why do children suck their thumb?
Thumb sucking in infants actually starts in the womb. Everyone has seen that adorable ultrasound of the baby curled up with its thumb in his or her mouth, right? Thumb sucking is a tactic for these new-to-the-planet babes to “soothe” themselves. Who can blame them?
As a child gets older, thumb sucking doesn’t just allude to soothing an anxiety, but can also be done out of boredom. And for some, it turns into a passive habit that can actually cause damage.
When is thumb sucking the most common?
Thumb sucking can start from the moment a fetus has a thumb to suck. In extreme cases, the habit can continue on until they are about six years old. Most thumb sucking happens from ages 0-3 months and might persist until the age of four.
Which brings us to our next point. When do you need to “intervene?” Studies have shown pressuring your child to stop will only give them more anxiety, which will incite more thumb sucking. So, we advise being careful and empathetic when breaking this habit.
When has it gone on so long that you should be concerned?
As a parent, we recognize that whatever it takes to stop your kids from crying is will sometimes reign over your longer-term concerns about habit development. So, if the child needs to suck his or her thumb, or pacifier, you’ll usually let ‘em at it without a second thought.
But, at a certain point, we have to begin to make gentle efforts to sway our little ones out of using their thumbs for a few reasons:
So, how long is too long? Doctors and specialists report that “normal thumb sucking” usually stops around age two. For the little ones who persist, it can last up to age six.
With this habit it’s crucial as a parent to be observant of the triggers that cause “too-long” thumb sucking to assess when intervention is needed. Thumb sucking in toddlers becomes harmful because:
What physical damage can thumb sucking really cause?
Some of the damage that can be caused by a thumb gone sucked for too long are:
How does it cause that damage?
The human mouth continues developing until around age 20. Just as the brain is developing, that little mouth is being shaped, literally, by what is put into it. The thumb presses up against the roof of the mouth in children who thumb-suck, and also press against the inside of the upper front teeth as they grow in these formative years.
Expensive cosmetic corrections later on aren’t anyone’s idea of a good time. So, below are some tips to help you curb your little ones’ thumb-sucking.
How to break the habit?
We recommend starting here, which means starting young. Thumb sucking is evidence of a need—a need for attachment. If not satisfied, thumb sucking becomes a crutch. Fill the need to suck while the baby is young with other toys and options.
We’re here to remind you that your baby feels what you feel. So, most importantly, try to keep all of your environments as stress-free and peaceful as possible. There will be plenty of other opportunities in life to learn about stress. If your little one has a strong need for stress-sucking, try using other methods to soothe your child like: rocking, massages, playing animated games, or singing. The earlier your child learns other ways to pacify him or herself, the less s/he will seek the comfort of the breast, bottle, thumb or pacifier.
If your child is past infancy, try to keep those thumbs busy. Bored thumbs wind up in the mouth. If you see it about to happen, redirect, distract, and give the child an activity that keeps both of their hands busy. Or, you can suggest a competing habit if they’re old enough like hiding the thumb game, folding their arms, taking the thumb out of the mouth and squeezing it immediately upon it entering the mouth as a corrective behavior. You could even suggest the gold-star reward system, for when they go a whole day without sucking.
Ultimately, you want to time your intervention. Assess if the habit is harmful: ferocious sucking, sore thumbs, impending gum and teeth movements—and be gentle. Wait until your son or daughter is in a receptive mood. You wouldn’t want to threaten their independence or make them feel bad!
We want to offer up one last option: come bring your kids to talk to us! Bringing your little ones into our office from a young age can help them understand the importance of their teeth and how oral habits can affect them, good and bad.
While some people see thumb sucking as unsightly, or annoying, we see it as a natural evolution into being a healthy adult. At Dr. Marchbanks’ office we’re happy to take some of the parenting questions off your shoulders by providing our professional know-how!
via Blogger Everything You Needed to Know About Thumb Sucking
Technically spring begins on March 20th, but you could say we’ve got ants in our pants here at Dr. Marchbanks’s office to declare spring’s approach with March 1st! Can you blame us? We can just see it now, fluffy clouds in blue skies, bees buzzing, flowers in full bloom (sneeze!) One month, ladies and gentlemen!
So, as our team likes to do, we came together to compile a quick-tip guide of things that must be checked off before the new season begins. It’s definitely some power-cleaning stuff, but they need to be done because they keep your house sanitary and your family healthy!
Read on to see if you’re accomplishing all of these hyper-hygienic cleaning tasks.
From dusting fan blades, to light fixtures, to picture frames or the top of the doors molding/frame, grab that damn rag or pillowcase (tip: for fan blades) to remove all the dust that’s accumulated in the past months of hibernation and closed windows.
Was somebody sick this past winter? Or do you have little kids or even grandkids who needs constant reminders to wash their hands? Then it’s time to do one succinct wipe-down of all surfaces that the hands in the house share! Don’t forget the actual door itself, both below and above the knob or handle, as we tend to push it open or shut in this manner sometimes. While you’re at it, wipe nightstands and any table surfaces.
This includes blankets you’ve been using to cozy up all winter, pillows you’ve been melting into, shower curtains, soft rugs, bedding, bath robes and so on. It may take a few days, but it must be done to keep lingering smells and bacteria away!
Next to scrubbing down the bathroom, the kitchen might be the most dreaded place to clean. Be sure to clean the outside of the appliances with the appropriate cleaner (example for any stainless steel or marble surfaces). Next, tackle appliances that sit on the counter like the microwave, toaster, coffee pot, blender, etc., then move to cleaning the inside of appliances (oven, dishwasher, refrigerator). We highly recommend avoiding the self-cleaning mode on appliances, as it can decrease appliances’ lifespan. Then move to countertops, and lastly the sink (and drain). Use a diluted mixture of baking soda, vinegar and water.
This is one of the chores we feel especially passionate about! The baseboard actually has an architectural purpose: to catch the dirt that falls from the top of the room, down the wall and onto the floor. It’s there to make it easier for you to clean! Take a warm soap-wet cloth and run it along the expanse of the baseboard, and then rinse the rag and wipe once more for any residual soap. Or, you can use a wet wipe, up to you—just make sure to clean it!
This means inside and out. We know, we know…yes, it is probably going to rain right after you clean the outside of the windows (Murphy’s Law), but it must be done.
And yes, this also includes those little nooks and crannies that window frames come with. Use a cotton swab to clear out the gunk that a cloth or wipe doesn’t manage.
Whether you go it old school and use a broom and then get on your hands and knees and manually clean with a bucket and rag, or if you use a fancy-contraption standing mop, this is a regular MUST. The gunk, crumbs, hair and dust that build up on floors can be repulsive to even think about. We recommend saving this for one of the last chores, as everything does wind up falling on the floor as you clean. That said, this is something we think should be done monthly at the least.
We’re talking all that porcelain and ceramic! Grab your favorite cleaner, a two-sided sponge, some rubber gloves, and maybe even a toothbrush, and give every surface a good scrub down.
This might actually be a task that takes a few days, but try tackling the cabinets and storage places that are messing with your daily grind the most. In places like the dish cupboards, just pull items out, wipe them down and put them back in place. Don’t take on too much by feeling the need to reorganize. The sheer act of wiping out may inspire you to mull over how better to organize the space at a later date.
Sprinkle baking soda on every bit of grout you find in your bathroom or kitchen, using a spray bottle filled with vinegar to apply over baking soda. Let it sit and bubble for a few minutes and then scrub—but not for too long, or the will settle back into the grout.
There’s probably a zillion other cracks, crevices, spaces and appliances we could recommend cleaning, but we wanted to keep it simple. We just wanted to point out what is sanitary to keep you healthy coming into the pending springtime.
Don’t forget to pencil in some self-care in the next month before spring begins, too. Enjoy a long bath in your newly-cleaned bathroom, and cozy up on the sofa with the freshly cleaned linens afterward to thank yourself for all the hard work and power cleaning you did in such a short month!
And lastly, don’t forget to pencil in your spring tooth-cleaning as well! We’ll be here in the Arlington office when you’re ready!
via Blogger There’s Only One Month Left of Winter!
The arctic blast that’s sat on top of north Texas for the past week has led to MANY stir-crazy days for young ones stuck at home. While our neighbors to the north may scoff at our inability to play outside in temperatures that dip below freezing, true Texans know that our blood is just too thin for that.
In an attempt to keep the kids from crawling up the walls, we have compiled a list of the best indoor play places in the Metroplex that will let your little one expend all that pent-up energy, and allow you to take a short break from the mayhem! Let us know if you can think of any places we forgot—we still have many cold days ahead!
For those who need to run
If you are longing for the days when it was warm enough to hit the playground for tag and other running games, look no further than the indoor alternative “The Coop” in Frisco. Not only does this play space feature ball pits, tunnels, and slides for the little ones, but it also has free wifi, a cappuccino bar (especially handy during those cold-snaps), and an array of magazines for moms and dads.
If you feel like you’re really going bonkers, then you should head to Lewisville’s indoor play space Going Bonkers. Standing five levels high and featuring zip lines, slides and climbing structures, this gym encourages kids and adults to play together through some truly adventurous feats. Skip the gym and get your heart rate up climbing through this one-of-a-kind indoor maze!
Get smarter by playing
With all the breaks from school compounded by “snow and ice days,” you might think your kids need a little extra education on top of burning off excess energy. Ditch the flashcards and head to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science for a hands-on learning experience. From exploring outer space, to engineering and innovation to dinosaurs, this museum has something for everyone. Make sure to reserve tickets in advance, and plan to spend the whole day there. Learning has never been so fun!
If you feel like your little ones are always underfoot and copying everything you do, try out the Play Street Museum that lets kids recreate what they see at home in a child-friendly space. Whether that’s helping in the kitchen or building with play masonry tools, here the children are in charge. In addition to being fun, kids get to use their imagination and interact with other children through play.
As the number of cold days continue to add up, it is important to find inexpensive options as well. The Dallas Museum of Art offers free admission and features two separate areas dedicated to children. Featuring interactive activities, puzzles and toys, your children will foster a love of museums early in life.
Many malls in our area also have free indoor play areas. Generally geared towards the younger babes, these soft play structures are a great pit stop when you need to run errands. Also, if you go before the stores open, it’s just about guaranteed to be empty!
Finally, check out local YMCA’s or recreation centers that have indoor pools. Winter is a great time to practice swimming skills and get ready for the warm months that are right around the corner. Many local pools don’t require a membership fee—just a one-time ticket to get in.
Don’t let the cold months keep you inside and bored. The DFW metroplex is full of activities that will allow your kids to expel energy, broaden their horizons and learn new things!
via Blogger Winter Fun in the Metroplex—Indoor Play Areas!
We’ve all done it. We’ve all made a New Year’s resolution, and within a matter of weeks (or days), we’ve already broken our promise to ourselves. You’re not alone, and you must remember you’re not perfect. You’re human.
And, with being human, it’s fact that both memory and motivation will fail you. That is why the art of forming a new habit has a scientifically proven method that we at the office of Dr. Marchbanks are here to share with you!
We want you to feel good about yourself in this new year…which means forgiving yourself for falling through on those New Year’s resolutions, and jumping back on that proverbial bicycle of habit and becoming the better you that you envision.
You don’t have to wait another 365 days in order to create those resolutions of change, whether it be doing 100 sit ups daily, flossing once a day (our favorite), or saving more money each week.
The “secret” to creating any habit (whether good or bad) is actually entirely scientific. It has to do with the framework around a habit. Allow us to explain.
How forming habits works
As Stanford Professor BJ Fogg, Charles Duhigg (best-selling author of The Power of Habit) and James Clear from JamesClear.com explain, there are three patterns that surround a habit:
James Clear refers to this pattern as “The 3 Rs.” Reminder, Routine and Reward.
Think of it like this…A ding alert for the arrival of an important email goes off. That’s the spark – the (1) reminder. Then you have two (2) actions you can take: reply to the email or ignore/procrastinate responding. The (3) reward for your action? Well, depending on the behavior you chose, that dictates your “reward.” When it comes to emails, if you respond, you’ll keep a progressive thread going (i.e., handling business, perhaps); and if you don’t respond, well…you’ve just prolonged something that may need attention, stalling other areas of your life.
So, it goes to show that if you create a positive reward for yourself you are likely to repeat the behavior. Repeat it enough times and you’ve just created yourself a habit!
But…what if it’s not that simple?
Now you ask how to implement this habit format into your life when it comes to a resolution or resolutions.
Well, if memory and motivation fail you…set yourself up for success – create a reminder.
For example: If you want to get in those 100 sit ups per day and want to be able to clean up after doing them, what about doing your 100 sit ups before you get in the shower? You have to take a shower every day (or so we hope you do), so what better reminder to initiate your action? And the reward? Tighter abs in due time.
Studies show there is power in tiny gains. As one of our favorites says: “Success is a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.” – Jim Rohn
We suggest if you’re trying to complete 100 sit ups daily, maybe start with just 10 a day before your shower. Start small and gradually improve every day. Make it so easy you can’t say no. Add five per day. As you add more of a challenge each day your reward center in your brain will begin to feel great about this, empowering you to complete more every day and follow through on your habit.
If your habit has to do with money – find what works for you and what reminder is going to trigger your action. It depends on your job and whether you get a direct deposit of income or walk with cash tips – whatever way you get paid, make the habit of auto-saving, even if you just take a portion of your earnings and divvy it up appropriately toward your goals.
Willpower is like a muscle, so start small and break the habit into chunks if necessary. Do 50 sit-ups before your shower, and 50 sit ups before bed. Save $20 per week and then in a couple months bump it up to $50 per week. Be reasonable with your goals.
The last thing to remember
And lastly, if you slip up, get back on track quickly. Never let a missed habit happen two times in a row. That is what can derail all efforts you’ve made. One public sociologist named Christine Whelan says it takes 90 days before a habit becomes a lifestyle. So, how long are you willing to give your new habit a try?
We hope you are having a bright and successful new year, and want you to remember success is the result of a thousand failures. If you’ve fallen off the New Year’s resolution bandwagon, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing—we just want you to know how to make better habits, we hope that we’ve enlightened you a little.
Don’t forget about your healthy teeth habits, too! We’ll see you soon!
via Blogger New Habits Aren’t JUST for the Start of the New Year
There’s dentistry and then there’s “endodontic treatment.” So, what’s the difference? Is one a smaller part of the other?
The word “endodontic” stems from the Greek words for “inside” (endo) and “tooth” (odont). Together, the meaning of a root canal treatment is brought to a term. Endodonic therapy is actually a tooth-saving branch of the dental industry.
In order to better understand what a root canal is and how “endodontic therapy” can help save a tooth, it is essential to understand the anatomy of a tooth.
A tooth’s anatomy
Starting from the outside-in, let’s first talk about what you see when someone smiles: the enamel of the tooth—you know, that (preferably) white, shiny stuff.
Below the enamel is a layer called dentin. Dentin is softer than enamel, but is the second hardest tissue in the body—akin to bone—with a yellowish tint (hence when your dentin is exposed or enamel wears, your teeth look more yellow).
Below the layer of dentin you have the “pulp” of the tooth. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue that create surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during its initial development. Reaching from the top of the tooth to the bottom of the roots, the pulp connects everything to the tissues of the jaw. Once the tooth is fully mature, however, it can survive without the pulp…hence why a root canal works!
So, what exactly happens during a root canal? First, let’s dive into why a root canal is usually needed.
The cause for a root canal
If the pulp layer of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed (due to enamel erosion, cavities, decay, impact, repeated dental procedures, a chip or a crack, or something else), you will experience sure signs like pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration and swelling in that area. These symptoms signify infection or inflammation that can cause more pain over time and eventually lead to an abscess. Read: go to your dentist immediately to sort out the cause and get appropriate treatment.
If the needed treatment is a root canal, what happens during the procedure by the endodontist? Allow us to paint that picture.
How root canals work
Where is a root canal on the pain Richter?
Many people report that a root canal procedure itself is equivalent to having a filling done. If the anesthetic is done correctly you should only feel the vibrations from the tools.
Starting a few hours after the procedure is when you might feel sensitivity due to the area being inflamed from impact. Usually over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, or naproxen can subdue the pain, and in a few days you should return to normal.
For a period of time, there may be a noticeable difference in your bite or how your tooth feels to your tongue. In time, this will change, and you’ll become used to the new shape or feel.
Caring for your tooth and/or crown after the procedure
Until the root canal procedure is officially complete, and the permanent filling or crown is in place, it’s best to chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
We’re happy to report that no extra care is needed for this update to your teeth! Continue upping your game with good oral care (i.e., brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, using mouthwash, eating a healthy diet and seeing your dentist regularly), and you can put this quick procedure fast behind you!
via Blogger What’s In A Root Canal?
“All good things come to an end is” a saying used as a near-proverb to remind us that, realistically, all things are temporary. When referring to the fillings in your mouth, this truism is a cautionary and realistic tale that can help you understand, and be prepared, for the day that your fillings are ready to be replaced.
We’ve compiled a quick read about how replacing fillings works, and under what circumstances it’s done. Read on to understand more about this undertaking!
Why a filling is needed in the first place
Bacteria is what causes tooth decay. And then, tooth decay exposes the integral layers of your teeth, and expose your gums to more serious problems to rectify. If a cavity in a tooth is caught soon enough, a dentist can apply a filling to replace the decay and to help prevent any further problems.
How long do fillings last?
Fillings can last many years, but it does depend on what material is used to fill the cavity, and how you treat it. It also depends on where the fillings is located (on what tooth—each tooth performs a different function and bears a different load). When it comes to how well you care for your teeth, that can all impact the life expectancy of dental fillings more than you might realize.
When a filling needs to be replaced
Old fillings may eventually need to be replaced due to constant assault from eating and drinking, or stress from clenching or grinding—which, when combined, may all cause reason for a dental filling to fail. Just like tires wear down, so do your fillings.
Composites (tooth-colored) tend to be weaker than amalgams (silver), so depending on the force load (the pressure you put on the tooth) and its placement, the filling’s life expectancy can be a source of conversation for you and Dr. Marchbanks.
Why a filling might need to be replaced
If we circle back to why fillings are needed in the first place (decay), we can understand why a filling that has worn away, chipped or cracked or even fallen out might leave open crevices that expose the interior of your tooth to more decay and more damage. Bacteria, plaque and food that’s not easily brushed away are all high-risk once a dental filling starts to fail.
This is one of many reasons why your regular dental examinations are so important, because your dentist will be able to identify the status of your fillings, and when they’ve lost their integrity.
Our best recommendation is to not wait until the tooth or tooth filling hurts, or a crack appears in the filling of the tooth. Visiting your dentist regularly can minimize costly and extensive procedures later, not to mention a nasty sore tooth if something goes wrong.
Choices for new fillings
While many of us have come to know fillings as those little silver spots in our molars, dental advancements have allowed for new materials and techniques to provide more aesthetically pleasing and natural looking options.
Options today include:
At the end of the day, having an examination and conversation with your dentist will help you understand the best option for you.
If you’re worried that you may need to replace your fillings, call us today and make an appointment!
via Blogger When And Why Are Fillings Replaced?
What are you most happy to move on from in the year 2017?
Did you go through some trying times last year? A death? A change in job? A health issue? Or, were you affected by a love one who was going through one of those scenarios?
This how-to touches on some of the harder things that come our way, and how to look forward in the New Year with optimism and a fresh approach. We at the office of Dr. Marchbanks believe fundamentally in your holistic health, and want you to have every reason to flash those pearly smiles. So read on to see what we’ve compiled for you.
While there is no quick-fix solution or process that works for everyone, there are ways all of us can choose to perceive these realities we’re hit with.
Change must be made, and will always happen of its own accord (on top of the active changes we choose to make). In all cases, you have to recognize when the universe—or your gut—is saying it’s time to make a necessary change. Because, as we all know, growth only happens outside of your comfort zone. So, your best bet is to embrace it…which is where the magic of perception comes in.
If you’re perceiving life in a negative way, you are most likely going to deal with the emotions brought on by the immediate circumstances of the situation without more proactive forethought. If you aren’t adept enough to catch the negative thoughts when you have them, once you do catch yourself reaffirm the negative thoughts with positive ones.
Example: Replace “I am never going to be able to pay this $2,000 debt” with “If I make 24 payments of $83.33 a month, I will be debt free from this situation in two years”. Not only in that example did you reaffirm your thought pattern from negative to positive, you accepted the reality of the situation and you made a plan…which can help calm anxiety and help you refocus on the other things that need your attention in life. Because, “affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.” (Jim Rohn)
Now that you’ve taken the time to choose your perspective through acceptance, feeling the emotions and then listening to your true inner thoughts, it’s time to move forward.
Nothing ever happened by staying stagnant, so it’s time to move. The failsafe pattern to get moving again is: find inspiration, strategize, and take action.
Perception, enduring, and overcoming are nothing without changing your status quo. Seek out the people who support, encourage, believe and care about you. When you can remember you’re not alone and you have people who love you (quality over quantity), overcoming life’s obstacles can seem easier.
via Blogger Out With The Old, In With The New
We’ve all made them, and some of us like making them more than others. “Resolution” as a word itself has meaning; it means to have an intention, make a decision, plan, commitment, or promise. So, it comes as no surprise that with a fresh start to a new year, most of the population would like to take this reset as a way to prove their own word to themselves.
As a wise man once said, what are you if not good for your word?
Being a person of integrity is a sign of good character. Who wouldn’t want to be around a person with good character? And since smiles are our thing here at Dr. Marchbanks’s office, we ask: who wouldn’t want to be around a person with good character and a beautiful smile to match?
While some people aim to drop weight in the new year, or be more punctual, or stop smoking cigarettes, or take more vacations in before the calendar close…we think oral health is the beginning of a life well led. We’ve gathered a few reminders…or “resolutions,” ahem…that you can keep in the back of your mind on a daily basis that will add up to good health, good character and a more confident you for 2018.
It truly goes without saying – you need to brush those useful gnashers of yours twice a day. If you’ve been skipping out on brushing before bed, or worse, leaving the house without brushing in the morning, you have to make a resolution to remove the plaque buildup that causes decay, cavities and other health issues.
Also, use mouthwash at least once a day. Mouthwash helps remove more plaque, brighten your smile, and keep your breath fresh.
Whether you prefer to do it in the morning or before bed, this is a habit that must be well-formed. Not removing the food and sticky plaque buildup between teeth for too long is what causes gum problems, gum disease, tooth decay and the beginning of cavities. By not flossing, you leave two of three surfaces on your teeth left unclean.
Pick your preference, whether it’s old-fashioned thin string floss, wide dental tape, a floss threader (that looks like a plastic sewing needle), Super Floss, or the two-pronged plastic floss holder picks.
Flossing helps remove 40% of plaque from your teeth. There’s no instant results of a healthier mouth, but it is the only thing that really can get into the spaces between teeth and gums to remove bacteria.
Don’t worry if you see blood. It just means the gums are inflamed because plaque has built up and needs to be cleaned away. Look at this as incentive to ensure you floss regularly so your gums aren’t left bleeding. Do note that if bleeding consists after a few days it could be a sign of periodontal disease, so call you dentist.
First step in good eating habits for your teeth is to curb sugar intake. Studies show a direct link between the amounts of sugar a person eats and the amount of tooth decay s/he has. When grocery shopping or eating out, always think twice about purchasing that sugary treat. Replace the notion with a piece of sugar-free gum, a cup of tea (brush after), or sugar-free seltzer water instead of soda.
A few foods to include in your diet that actually help clean your teeth are: dairy products (high in calcium), fibrous foods that require saliva to break down and help scrub away plaque and other food particles like crunchy vegetables.
Not only are you made up of 60% water, so it’s a good idea to keep drinking it, but by drinking a glass of water with each meal (and saving a few solid swigs for after a meal), you allow the excess sugar and debris to be flushed away from your teeth.
And if water gets a bit bland, try adding strawberries, mint or cucumbers to your water for a natural, low-acidity, and refreshing flavor boost!
Schedule your dentist appointment. Get them all on the calendar for the year if you can. If you can’t, start by finding out when the last tooth-cleaning you had was and book the soonest you would need another.
And always book your next appointment on your way out of the office!
The great thing about making your oral health one of your highest priorities, or resolution shall we say, in the coming 2018 year is that it can lead to accomplishing other worthy resolutions like dropping weight by making healthier choices for your teeth, consuming water instead of naughty beverages, and leading a life of healthy habits develops a life of health and willpower.
We wish you a wonderful last week of 2017 and a beautiful New Years celebration and will see you – and your healthy teeth – soon enough!
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Acid, in it’s purest form, can melt things. You’ve seen it in sci-fi films. In a lemon, acid has a less severe effect, but most assuredly enough it still has an impact of eroding your teeth over time; especially if consumed in conjunction with other highly-acidic food choices, the effect will be one you’ll see before long.
What is enamel erosion?
There are four layers that make up your physical tooth. The pulp (the innermost portion and has connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, which nourish the tooth) is the deepest. The dentin that surrounds the pulp is hard as bone, and gives teeth their yellowish tint. The enamel (the hardest tissue in the body, covering the dentin and protecting other layers of your teeth from harmful bacteria) changes in temperature based on what you eat. And then, cementum is under the gum line, and covers the root of the pulp and connects tooth to jawbone1.
So, this enamel surface of your teeth is a protective layer. If your enamel is worn away by erosion, the underlying dentin is vulnerable to plaque, bacteria, and the whole gamut that causes decay.
What causes tooth erosion?
There are a few key culprits of tooth erosion. If you’ve been feeling sensitive to food temperatures, sweets and other foods, you can be aware of these corrosive foods (and signs of erosion) to take corrective action.
Drum roll – the biggest offender to teeth erosions is….acid! Acid comes in many forms. No matter the form, though, exposing your teeth to it will leach calcium from your enamel, therefore causing it to weaken.
This holiday season, try to avoid the following:
Signs of tooth erosion:
In order to avoid dental problems like cracks, pain and decay in your teeth, it’s key that you pay attention for the following signs of erosion:
You won’t have teeth. That’s the worst case.
Up until then, you can lose one tooth, two teeth, or a lot of your teeth, because over the course of time, erosion can make them weak and then crack—weak teeth can then succumb to an attack of bacteria, which could lead to either an extraction, a root canal and later a crown, implant or bridge.
Tips to prevent erosion:
A healthy diet includes moderation in all things. We’re not here to deprive our patients of the finer things in life. That said, the following tips can help reduce chances of acid erosion to your teeth:
At the end of the day it’s all about moderation. How can you possibly avoid a glass of good ol’ bubbly on New Years Eve? Or that delicious glass of red wine Grandma paid a hundred dollars for? Or your friend’s “sinful and sour” cocktail recipe? Remember our tips on how to prevent the erosion, and be sure to schedule a post-holiday check in with your dentist to ensure everything is going good!
Till then, Happy Holidays from all of us here at the office of Dr. Marchbanks!
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