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Protect Yourself from Teeth Grinding with Help from Your Central Leeds Dentist

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Known medically as ‘bruxism’, teeth grinding may seem harmless but can cause serious long term damage to your dental health. Caused by many different factors, it is often difficult to figure out exactly why some people grind their teeth on a regular basis. Although we all grind our teeth at times (it’s part of chewing to an extent) when we do it constant and regularly there can be significant problems.

Teeth grinding will often occur at distinct times for different people: either awake or asleep. You may not be aware you are doing it while you sleep, though your partner may be able to hear the grinding if it is particularly bad. It is difficult to pin point where the subconscious instinct to grind your teeth comes from but it is often linked with stress levels. If it becomes severe your dentist may recommend using a mouth guard at night which will protect your teeth from the constant grind.

When awake it can become habitual instinct to grind your teeth with stress, anxiety or concentration. Mouth guards are obviously much less convenient when awake and so the best method is self-control and trying to becoming consciously aware of when you are doing it.

Your Central Leeds dentist will be able to offer some solutions for teeth grinding. Due to it be a mainly psychological instinct a lot of treatments involve conditioning yourself to stop or training yourself to become aware. Seek help for the problem before your teeth begin to wear away and you will save yourself a lot of dental work that could be avoided.

Aching Jaw? Speak to Leeds Dentist about TMJ.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Connecting your jaw to the your skull, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is vitally important for all forms of jaw movement: speaking, chewing, swallowing, etc. The name of the joint is derived from the two bones that connect: temporal and mandible. Although the joint is in constant use, we rarely give it a second thought until there is a problem. Many people though, at some point in their lives, will suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), or TMJ syndrome. It is a common condition that is normally characterised by chronic pain and heightened sensitivity in the area of the TMJ.

Alongside the pain and sensitivity, may TMJD sufferers will have hyperactivity in the jaw, this will normally manifest as the clenching of the jaw (‘bruxism’), facial twitches and distortions, and grinding your teeth when asleep. While these symptoms do not pose a major risk in the short term it is very important to have the problem checked out by your Leeds dentist as over the medium/long term clenching and grinding can cause serious problems to your teeth. A range of other symptoms may also indicate TMJD, from discomfort chewing, jaw popping, facial aches and headaches.

Depending on the specifics of the case, your doctor will suggests some treatments or refer to you to a specialist doctor. Stretching and massaging the jaw muscles can provide some relief from the symptoms but it will still be necessary to seek medical advice to address the underlying issues.

Dealing with Sensitive Teeth in the City of Leeds

Friday, June 29th, 2012

There are quite a few reasons why we suffer from sensitive teeth in the city of Leeds, but the results are always the same- mainly great discomfort and it can cause a lot of problems in our everyday lives. The most common cause is done by overzealous brushing with abrasive toothpastes that wears away at the teeth’s enamel and then gets into the nerves. The build-up of plaque can lead to acid erosion and then tooth decay and gum disease which again, break down the enamel. Grinding and over-stated tooth bleaching also have the same affects. The first way to overcome this is to pay a visit to the dentist who can rectify any decay with a filling or a root canal. Then you can have fluoride treatments or even a sealant fitted to help protect the surfaces of the teeth; those who grind their teeth can have a mouth-guard made up. Outside of the dentists, it is down to you to help quell the sensitivity; for a start you can use a softer brush and find yourself a good de-sensitizing toothpaste. Fluoride mouth-washes are also excellent at re-mineralizing the enamel in the teeth and protecting the nerves.

The Destruction of Teeth Grinding in Leeds

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

It is one of the problems that tends to dip below the radar of oral issues because it can go unnoticed  for a very long time until it becomes serious- teeth grinding or bruxism, but this is a condition that needs to be addressed quickly in order to stop damage throughout the body. Stress and anger are the two main protagonists here and in a bustling little city like Leeds that places a lot of demands on people, it is rife. A lot of need to de-stress after a heavy day, otherwise we can take this angst into the bedroom and into sleep, and this is where a lot of grinding may well take place. A gum-shield can protect damage to the teeth, but it will not stop damage happening to the jaws, head a neck. Hopefully, with some anger management and stress counselling, these problems can be identified and avoided before they become a problem elsewhere. If however, the problem is allowed to continue, the damage to the jaws and neck (this can also affect the central nervous system) will require some pretty complex surgery to rectify. If you visit your dentist regularly, they should be able to spot any signs of wear in your teeth and then advise you as to which direction you should take in order to stop the grinding getting out of hand.

Dealing with Decaying Teeth in Central Leeds

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Tooth decay is something that takes its time to take hold and it will do it very covertly as well. It normally starts with poor oral hygiene and a lack of visits to see your dentist in central Leeds. But it starts immediately when the acids from bacteria are allowed to eat into the teeth’s enamel, over time it will go unnoticed, but then you may find yourself suffering from shooting pains in the teeth. Catch it now and you may be lucky enough to get away with a filling, but ignore it and then you will require root canal treatment just to keep the tooth in the mouth- even then you have seriously reduced the life of the tooth. After this you start to descend into tooth loss, but not only this, you can suffer from periodontal damage to the bone structure in the jaws and worse still, gum disease, which can work it’s evil into the bloodstream and poison the bodies vital organs. Essentially, if you suffer from pain, get your teeth fixed up, but more importantly, make sure you retain a high level of oral hygiene in the first place so that your teeth don’t get to this stage. If you have any doubts, you should confer with your dentist about avoiding tooth decay.

Gum Disease is Rife in the City of Leeds

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

If you like a good horror story in the city of Leeds, the you should take a look at how much damage gum disease can do to your mouth and body because it truly is horrible. This disease is caused firstly by poor oral hygiene which allows plaque and tartar to form in the mouth around the base of the teeth where the gums meet. Once this happens, the gums become infected; this can lead to tooth decay and between them, bring on periodontal disease that will eat away at the bone structure below the teeth. This is the point at which your teeth will start to fall out as the gums recede. Now this is bad enough, but whilst all this is going on, the gum disease will be leaking toxins into the blood and into the heart that in time will fail, along with other vital organs. Is that enough horror for you? The point is, if you have any signs of blood after brushing, you are starting to have problems and they need to be addressed immediately. Your dentist can rectify this by deep cleaning your teeth and gums and you may be able to stop the disease by upping your oral hygiene and also incorporate herbal remedies into your program. But, you must also take a good look at your lifestyle and diet as well to give yourself a chance.

Your Mouth Saving Oral Hygiene Routine in Leeds

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

If there is any legacy that the modern world has given us, it must truly be the art of looking after our teeth and gums. Just take a look at how the market for oral hygiene in Leeds has been flooded with an amazing array of products to help us look after ourselves and let’s not forget that we have our prince, the dentist to save us as well, so how could it ever go wrong….?! Toothbrushes are remarkable these days, from brilliant hand held ones with different angled neck and a array of styles built into the brush-ends to ensure they reach in like never before; this could be also said of electric toothbrushes that also do the most amazing things inside your mouth, whilst you just point it in. The latest is a brush that fires a jet of water below the gum-line for a deep clean. Your daily brushing is also supported by dental floss and small inter-dental brushes to give you a deep clean as well. The main aim of all this is to stop the catalyst of all oral problems, plaque, from getting a foothold in the mouth and toothpastes and mouthwashes are generally concentrated on doing this, while the fluoride in these products helps to re-mineralise the enamel in your teeth at the same time- making them stronger. If that isn’t enough, there is also a massive range of herbal products to choose from to keep your mouth healthy- these are great oral times.

You and Your Wisdom Teeth in the City of Leeds

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

From a very young child, you are going to have to go through a lot of woe as you begin to grow and you will go through some very traumatic times, from teething to secondary teeth. Along the way, you may have to have fillings and top cap it off, it’s likely you will have to endure possibly a couple of years of teeth alignment- it’s like you spend most of your time at the dentists! So, it can’t get any worse, can it? Well good people of the city of Leeds, it does, because now you have to face the next stage of your oral growth- wisdom teeth. Now there are some who walk among us who will have absolutely no problem here, with a little care, the teeth will erupt perfectly into the mouth and won’t even need pulling- hate those people eh, because for the rest of us, wisdom teeth are a pain in the mouth! Because in most mouths there is not enough room to grow and break through, the impact in all manner of directions and that’s when you have to have them removed. This can be quite a hard operation and more often or not, is best carried out in a hospital if you go for the extraction of all four at once. Recovery is also a delicate time; there will be pain, discomfort and you have to be very careful to avoid infection…teeth eh? Who wants them!


You and Your Jaws in Central Leeds

Friday, June 15th, 2012

There are many things that can go wrong with your mouth and so there are many things to be on the lookout for in central Leeds. But it’s not all about the teeth and gums for these are just two parts of the jigsaw- just as important is the jaws. There is a lot of forces that go through the point at where the jaws meet, or to give it the technical term, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Every day, you are chewing and talking- okay these are natural things that the jaws can handle, what you are trying to avoid is over working it or putting it at too much risk. Sports are to be encouraged at all times, but you should also take precautions to protect your jaw at all costs- especially with contact sports. Teeth grinding can also be very dangerous for the jaws and even though, as in sports, a mouth-guard will help to lessen the damage done to the teeth and gums, the forces are still being exerted through biting down on the guard. Overtime this will damage the jaws, neck and upper back and you may also do damage to your hearing and bring on bad headaches. The damage done will require quite complex surgery to put right. If you want to know more about your TMJ, you should get in contact with your dentist.

Getting on Board with Herbal Remedies for Your Teeth in Central Leeds

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction and this second law of Newton can be seen in all aspect of modern life in central Leeds. For example, the more technology advances, the more people want to find more natural alternatives and answers to questions and problems. A good example of this can be found in dentistry. It is remarkable how technology has changed dental procedures over the past few decades and made treatments quicker and less painful. Yet there is also a parallel to this, as people a turning to traditional herbal remedies to treat themselves and their teeth. However, these two opposing methods have started to fuse together as dentists have also held their hands up and recognised how useful herbal remedies are too in their treatments, as well as all the technology. There are already herbal toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain certain oils and herbs proven to be good for your teeth and gums- there are even herbal whitening products. But herbal products really come into their own when something goes wrong in the mouth. Gum disease can destroy the gums and lead to tooth loss but by using tea-tree oil, Echinacea, clove oil, salts, willow roots and many others in your daily hygiene programme- brushing and flossing, they can calm, stimulate and rejuvenate the gum tissue, and reverse gum disease. You should ask your hygienist about the use of such products, even find a herbalist who specialises in teeth and you may well find the results rewarding.