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As we all know the holidays are full of festive and creative sugary treats tied in with family get-togethers or given as gifts. It is very difficult to resist in testing and tasting theses treats, but hopefully some of the following tips will help you maintain optimal care of your teeth during the holidays!
Sugary treats along with those who consume alcoholic beverages during the holidays can actually wreak havoc on your teeth if proper dental hygiene care is not in place.
The additional stress that the holidays bring can make even the most conscientious person fall out of the habit of flossing and brushing .... not to mention the additional stress can also lead some to grind their teeth at night.
Hopefully you can give your teeth the gift of health this Christmas by simply taking great care of your teeth and smile by following some of these tips that we offer:
* Limit the amount of sweets you consume and brush and floss shortly after.
* Avoid biting down on or chewing hard candy.
* Avoid cracking nuts with your teeth.
* Wear your night guard if the stress of the holidays cause you to grind your teeth at night.
* Most importantly .... keep up with your regular brushing and flossing.
Malwin & Malwin Family Dentistry would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas
and hope that some of these tips will be useful as you and your family enjoy the Holidays.
Signs & Symptoms of Bruxism
* Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
* A grinding sound at night, which oftentimes is disturbing to someone who you share a room with
* Jaw muscles that feel painful and tight.
* Clicking of the temporomandibular joint
* Damaged teeth, broken fillings and injured or inflamed gums
* Swelling on the side of your lower jaw caused which is typically caused by clenching
If you feel you might be suffering from Bruxism please contact our office today at 941-488-1459 to schedule an appointment and evaluation
What are Common Bad Breath Causes?
If you suffer from chronic, severe bad breath, also known as halitosis, it's important to identify the cause so you can determine an effective treatment.
Halitosis has many causes, including the following:
Tobacco use. If you smoke, quit. Your bad breath may be due to other causes, too, but tobacco use is a guarantee of bad breath. If you are ready to quit, ask your doctor or dentist for advice and support.
What you eat, or don't eat. Certain foods, such as garlic, contribute to bad breath, but only temporarily. Once they are absorbed into the bloodstream, the smell is expelled through the breath, but the odors remain until the body processes the food, so there’s no quick fix.
Dry mouth. If your mouth is extremely dry, there is not enough saliva to wash away excess food particles and bacteria, which can cause an unpleasant smell if they build up on the teeth.
Infections. Bad breath that seems to have no other cause may indicate an infection elsewhere in the body. If you have chronic bad breath and your dentist rules out any oral problems, see your doctor for an evaluation. Bad breath can be a sign of a range of conditions including respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis or bronchitis, diabetes, or liver and kidney problems, so it's important not to ignore the problem.
The best way to improve bad breath is to follow a thorough oral care routine including twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing to remove the food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath. Mouthwashes only improve bad breath for the short term, and if you have a chronic problem, your dentist may suggest an antimicrobial rinse to help keep bacteria at bay.
Adolescents are busy people with unpredictable eating habits and schedules. But they’re still very interested in how they look, so parents can encourage oral hygiene by reminding them that regular brushing and flossing will help them look better by promoting a healthy smile and fresh breath.
One important component of oral hygiene for many adolescents is learning how to floss with braces. Explain to your braces-wearing child that flossing will take quite a bit longer with braces, but that it is important for them to make the time and the effort in order to help prevent plaque buildup, which can lead to tartar, and keep their teeth healthy to enhance that smile once the braces come off.
Sometimes children start wearing braces prior to adolescence. If you have a younger child who wears braces, it may take longer for him or her to learn to floss, and parents may need to provide some help.
Two products that can help children and teens (or adults, for that matter) floss with braces are a floss threader or a special orthodontic floss, such as Oral-B® Super Floss®, which has stiff ends that can be threaded under the braces’ main wire.
To floss with braces, follow these basic steps:
Insert the stiff of the special orthodontic floss under the main wire on the braces
Follow the proper technique for flossing: Gently guide the floss between the teeth and slide it under the gum, curving it in a “C” shape to clean the tooth surface.
If your child or adolescent prefers to use a floss threader, he or she can use any type of floss. Place the floss through the threader, then slide the pointed end of the threader under the main wire of the braces and pull it through, so the floss is positioned under the wire. Then proceed with the proper flossing technique.