Friday, September 18, 2015
Do you wake your partner up in the middle of the night, and hear them complain about you grinding your teeth? Do you find yourself grinding your teeth when you’re nervous or bored out of habit? Do you wake up every morning to a sore jaw, and painfully sensitive teeth? If yes is you’re answer to these questions, then you most probably have bruxism. Bruxism is the habitual grinding, clenching and gnashing of teeth until it wears the teeth flat. In mild conditions, it wears off the enamel, or the protective layer of the teeth, and cause sensitivity. In extreme cases, however, the teeth will become cracked, chipped, or even totally worn-off. Extreme bruxism can also lead to other dental problems like jaw disorder, gum disease, and frequent headaches. Why Does It Happen? The most common reason behind bruxism is stress.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
One dental condition that not many people know about is hyperdontia, or supernumerary teeth. People with this condition sometimes grow an extra tooth or two. The average person grows 20 primary teeth, or baby teeth, and 32 permanent teeth as they reach adulthood. Most people with this condition will only grow one extra tooth, but there have been cases wherein a person can grow as much as 30 extra teeth. This rare condition is said to affect about 1-4% of the population, and in some cases the patient may not even know that they have it. It is uncertain how this condition actually develops, but a popular theory in dentistry is that a tooth bud splits itself, and thus gives way to extra tooth growth.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Majority of Americans care a lot about their teeth, and residents of Mission Viejo, being a prosperous city in California, are no exception. With this importance given to teeth, people have developed different habits and beliefs surrounding dental health throughout generations. However, many of these turn out to be myths. Myth #1: “I have white teeth. Therefore, I have healthy teeth.” The color of the teeth does not automatically indicate their health. Medical Daily noted that natural teeth color vary from individual to individual. For instance, a person with a less brilliant shade in their teeth may actually have better oral health than one who has a set of pearly whites. While dazzling white teeth are presentable, whitening is not the only aspect of oral hygiene.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
California is the state with the largest economy, producing the highest gross state product in the U.S. as of 2014. It is normal, then, that residents in many of its communities, such as Ladera Ranch, are living modern lifestyles. However, while an improved standard of life is always a good thing, it can also come with habits harmful to the teeth. Items such as junk food, fast food, sodas, energy drinks, coffee, and pastries contain acids and sweets that can pound on the teeth every day. When it comes to sugary food, children are more vulnerable. Adults are more able to control their consumption and pay more attention to dental care, but most kids tend to not limit their intake of sweets. Children thus need a level of dental care that is different from adults.