Christmas and the Holiday Season is full of joyful traditions, family, and fun….but it can also be busy and stressful. It’s important to recognize how stress can affect our bodies, namely our teeth. For many, it can cause or worsen clenching and teeth grinding in our sleep. In addition to stress and anxiety, teeth grinding can be caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. It can also be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea or even tight shoulder, neck, and jaw muscles.
Are you a grinder? Do you catch yourself clenching your jaw? Chances are, even if you do, you may not know it. Ask yourself if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms:
•Frequent headaches (especially in the morning) or earaches
•Worn, broken or cracked teeth and/or fillings
•(Accelerated) gum recession
•Indentations on the lateral borders of the tongue
If so, you may need to wear a bite/night guard at night to reduce damage to teeth. A night guard may reduce bruxism, and will certainly prevent further tooth wear and damage.
Self-care techniques may also be effective. The Mayo Clinic suggests reducing stress and anxiety by doing yoga or meditating, avoiding stimulating substances in the evening (caffeinated coffee or tea, alcohol and smoking) as they may worsen grinding, practicing good sleep habits, and scheduling regular dental exams. Avoiding gum chewing can also be helpful.
See your Dentist to have your bite assessed and find out the best treatment option for you.
Have you ever felt a lump in your mouth? A sore that doesn’t heal? White patches in your mouth? Pain or burning?
At Collingwood Dental Centre we have a technology called VELscope. It’s a safe blue light to illuminate abnormalities in the mouth. The tissue fluorescence causes abnormal tissue to appear a different colour.
In addition to the detection of oral cancer and pre-cancerous lesions, the VELscope Vx also allows one to find:
Viral, fungal and bacterial infections
Traumatic lesions and areas of local trauma
So if something in your mouth doesn’t feel right, let us know, we have many ways to help.
Do you have Sensitive teeth? Decay? A pulled back gum line? … You may have receding gums, and now we have an awesome new solution!
Traditional techniques involved grafting and surgery. However, Dr. Zain and Dr. Mohammed recently completed a dental course in Pasadena California and are now certified in a minimally invasive procedure for gum recession correction, Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation.
This technique is different in that there is no grafting, no surgery, no sutures. We simply create small pinholes in the gum, lift the tissue to position it back to its normal natural position, and use collagen as the glue to keep the tissue in place.
We are very excited to be offering this treatment, as gum recession is a common dental condition, and can lead to painful tooth sensitivity and teeth that are more susceptible to decay.
Call our office to schedule a consultation 705-444-1500
Avoid granola bars instead offer crunchy snacks like celery sticks, baby carrots and cubes of cheddar cheese. Instead of chips or crackers, try seeds and nuts. Salty snacks may seem healthy because they don’t contain sugar, but simple starches can be just as harmful. These snacks break down into a sticky goo, coating teeth and promoting decay.
TAKE YOUR KIDS TO THE DENTIST
Have a healthy kick off to the school year by bringing your kids in for a cleaning and exam. Ask your child’s dentist about sealants and fluoride treatments to prevent decay. These treatments are easy ways to stop cavities before they start.
HAVE FUN WITH BRUSHING AND FLOSSING
Use a sticker calendar and place a sticker on each day they brush
Play their favourite song for the two minute brush time
Use a Y shaped kid-friendly floss holder for easier flossing
Customize by helping your child pick a themed toothbrush in their favourite colour