Archive for January, 2015
The problem of bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding, is something that affects an estimated 40 million Americans. It’s a frustrating problem partly because there are so many causes, and partly because there are so many treatment options that it gets difficult to pick one that works (and doesn’t break the bank) — but mostly, teeth grinding is so frustrating because the majority of people who suffer from the problem don’t even realize that they have it. In most cases, patients begin experiencing serious health problems (like migraines, muscle aches, and a variety of issues concerning dental health), all of which seem to appear without any cause.
It comes as no surprise to parents today that sports are some of the leading causes of tooth loss among kids and teenagers — if you’re a parent and you’ve seen how rough a high school hockey or wrestling game can get, you know what we’re talking about. But as often as people joke about the stereotypical hockey player or boxer losing a few teeth at once, many people forget that players in nearly every sport can risk losing teeth, either through direct contact with other players, through accidental contact with equipment, or simply from clenching the jaw too tightly (specifically with weight-lifting).
Many people also forget that the risk of tooth loss is precisely why so many sports leagues require or advise players to use moldable mouth guards which have been designed specifically with athletes i
Managing a good oral hygiene routine is definitely not an easy task — in fact, it’s estimated that about 92% of adults, ages 20 to 64, have cavities in their permanent teeth, that about 23% of adults in the U.S. have untreated cavities in their permanent teeth, and that millions of Americans suffer from things like bruxism (teeth grinding) or a lack of flossing. Ultimately, all of this adds up to prove one thing: if you’re having trouble with dental hygiene, you aren’t alone at all.
One of the biggest factors influencing your dental health is the state of the enamel on your teeth. Tooth ena