5 Things you Should Know About Teeth Grinding – Bruxism

You don’t need to take your stress out on your teeth!

But many of us, when stressed or anxious clench our jaws together and grind our teeth. This condition is called “bruxism”. Though hardly a conscious act, it can nevertheless be one with serious consequences.  Here are 5 things you need to know about Teeth Grinding or Bruxism:
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No Need to Fear Root Canals

It seems we have all heard the root canal jokes from friends, family and even the movies. It usually goes along the line of someone comparing his or her unpleasant experience to the infamous procedure. You may me surprised though at how simple this dental procedure is, and why it may not deserve to be the butt of all dental jokes!

What is a Root Canal?

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8 Helpful Tips for Brushing Your Teeth the Right Way

Proper brushing is probably the most important way to keep your mouth healthy.  Brushing correctly and with the proper frequency can help you prevent problems before they appear.  There are four important things you will need to properly brush your teeth:  a toothbrush with soft bristles, toothpaste with fluoride, the correct angle of brushing, and brushing in a pattern.  Use the following tips to help you get the most out of your brushing.

  1. It is important to brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bed.
  2. You should use a toothbrush with soft bristles.  Soft bristles with rounded tips are gentler to your teeth and gums, and the also make it easier to remove plaque below the gum line where periodontal disease starts.
  3. Use about a pea-sized amount of toothpaste that contains fluoride.  Fluoride hardens the outer enamel layer of the teeth.  It can stop a cavity before it worsens as well as provide you with more resistance to future cavities.
  4. Angle the brush along the gum line at a 45-degree angle and apply firm pressure so that the bristles slide under the gum line.
  5. Vibrate the brush while you brush in short back and forth strokes and in small circular motions.  Brush two or three teeth at a time and then move to the next two or three, allowing some overlap.
  6. Tilt the brush and use the tip to brush the backs of the front teeth.
  7. It is OK to brush in any regular pattern you choose but since the insides of the teeth tend to get less attention, you might start with the insides of the upper teeth and then move to the insides of the lower teeth.  Then switch to the outsides of the upper teeth and then the outsides of the lower teeth.  Brush the chewing surfaces of the upper teeth, then the same on the lower teeth.  Complete your routine by gently brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth.  This will remove germs that can cause bad breath.
  8. Change your toothbrush at least every three months or when the bristles are worn or bent.  Old bristles don’t clean well under the gum line and they host more plaque and disease-causing bacteria than new ones.

Following these simple steps can dramatically improve your technique and help prevent cavities.  If you feel that you have further questions, please feel free to ask us during your next dental exam.  We are dedicated to helping all of our patients in the Katy, Fulshear, and Richmond Tx area have the best oral hygiene possible, so we are here to help!

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5 Easy Steps to Being Cavity Free

For all our best intentions to brush and floss consistently, it seems that we can’t always avoid the cavity diagnosis. While brushing and flossing daily is good for your teeth and important for battling gum disease there are other things that we can do to prevent cavities from forming.

  1. Use a mouthwash after brushing help clear out remaining cavity-forming bacteria.
  2. Avoid snacking between meals, especially on sugary or chewy foods can accelerate the forming of cavities. But chewing vegetable fiber, like celery, after meals can help stimulate saliva, cleansing the fissures and pits where cavities typically form.
  3. For those with braces, water picks can be used to do replace flossing which is impossible with most braces. 
  4. Chewing sugar free gum between meals, particularly sweetened by natural xylitol, can help prevent cavities by helping neutralize the PH balance in your mouth and suppressing bacteria growth.
  5. Visit our office regularly to ensure the application of fluoride, which strengthens enamel thereby preventing tooth decay.  Also, if you are prone to cavities, it’s a good idea to have ongoing checkups to catch cavities early while they are small before they can become larger problems.

Proper dental care goes beyond just brushing and flossing. Protecting our smiles isn’t always convenient, but it is rewarding and as one of the premier dental practices serving the Katy, Fulshear, and Richmond Tx communities, it is our mission to help you have the best dental care possible!

Gum Disease and Your Heart

Did you know that there is an association between gum disease and heart disease?

Many studies show an as-yet-unexplained association between gum disease and several serious health conditions–including heart disease–even after adjusting for common risk factors.  [Read more…]

Dental Treatments for Sleep Apnea

It is estimated that millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but far fewer know very much about what it is or how it can be treated. Quite simply sleep apnea is the disruption of normal breathing during sleep and can become a very serious problem if gone untreated.  Sleep apnea can be difficult to diagnose since no one remembers how his or her breathing was the night before.  

People suffering from sleep apnea also may choke or gasp during sleep to draw in breath, experience loud snoring, awake suddenly to restart breathing, sweat frequently through the night, experience headaches, sore throat, or dry mouth in the morning, and even may experience daytime sleepiness.
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Can my headaches be caused by my teeth?

Could it be TMJ?

Some people who have recurrent headaches have been diagnosed as having TMJ. TMJ is an umbrella term covering acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the mandible to the skull. The disorder and resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain and impairment. Problems can result in jaw clicking, headaches, sinus problems and even loss of hearing.
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Improving Your Brushing Form

The story is too common  you brush your teeth twice a day, just as the dentist recommended. You came in for your bi-yearly checkup, and a cavity still managed to be found. What are you doing wrong?

Only 10 percent of us are actually brushing our teeth in a way that prevents plaque buildup. So what can you do to join the 10 percent? Below are a few ways to step it up:

Brush for two solid minutes

It seems obvious, but many of us are barely making brushing for even one minute. You can break it up by dividing your mouth into three sections  front, right and center  and brushing each section for 40 seconds. Two minutes is almost universally agreed upon by dentists as an appropriate amount of time to thoroughly clean all surfaces.

Brush three times a day for a bacteria-free mouth.

Two times a day is great and all, but if you really want to send bacteria out the door, brush three times: in the morning, after lunch and before bed. This also is a great way to beat bad breath! However, try not to go over three times per day, as this can irritate the gums.

Change HOW you are brushing your teeth.

Are you brushing too vigorously? This can erode tooth enamel, which protects your tooth from daily usage and insulates the teeth from high temperatures and chemicals. Brush softly in a small circular motion to best scrape plaque without damaging the enamel.

Use toothpaste wisely.

Instead of smudging too much toothpaste on your brush, use it sparingly twice: once for the top teeth and once to the bottom. Too much toothpaste at the beginning ends up getting spit out quickly, meaning the rest of your teeth have to make do with only a little bit.

If you need additional instruction, please come in and see us.  Our dentist Dr. Jahangiri and one of our dental hygienists will take the time to demonstrate to you the correct technique.  Our dentistry office, here in Katy, TX is dedicated to helping you achieve the best oral health possible with a smile that you will love.

Make Brushing Teeth Fun for Your Children

Training your kids to develop healthy oral habits early on can be one of the most difficult tasks. Sitting in the bathroom scrubbing toothpaste all over our teeth for two minutes leaves little room for fun. While most people learn to brush their teeth properly as they grow up and begin to understand the importance of having a clean, healthy mouth, it is important to remember that oral hygiene is of little importance to young children, and therefore may force parents to come up with ways to make the process a little more fun.

Below are some ideas if you are having problems getting children to brush their teeth twice a day and/or for two full minutes:

Tell stories reserved for brushing time.

Children love stories. They will eagerly await the time to brush teeth if it means getting to hear one. Additionally, an interesting story will keep their mind off the boredom of brushing their teeth and there will be no rush to get the job done as quickly as possible. As long as the story lasts long enough to get the recommended two-minute brushing in.

Have them brush to their favorite song.

Playing their favorite song will add some pep to the bland task, and most songs last over two minutes. Set a timer and let them finish when two minutes is up, or let them use the remaining time for flossing or rinsing with mouthwash.

Invest in a tastier toothpaste.

Most kids hate the taste of toothpaste. While adults often find the minty flavor refreshing, children find it gross. Orajel Toddler Training toothpaste is recommended for toddlers, and Oral-B offers several different fruity, spicy and trendy flavors.


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What Can I Expect After Getting My Teeth Whitened?

For many, it’s an easy decision to get their teeth whitened. And who could blame them? The procedure is steadily on the rise, and it is currently the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry on the market. Brighter smiles will give anyone a boost of confidence for an upcoming job interview, at a party, or even just while taking a picture with loved ones.

Undergoing the procedure in a dentist’s office may be a simple choice to make, but understanding what to expect afterwards is just as important as the decision itself.

Gradual fading

As one might expect, whitening is not eternally permanent. It does have a good longevity of six months to two years, so the regression is rather slow. One can make the whitening last as long as possible by avoiding exposing teeth to:

              • coffee
              • tea
              • tobacco
              • fruits
              • red wine
              • citrus drinks
              • sodas

Possible Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity, particularly during the first 24-48 hours, is rare but not uncommon.  This mainly occurs when damage to the tooth/teeth already existed. Prior damage includes:

              • Recently cracked teeth
              • Micro-cracks
              • Open cavities
              • Leaking fillings
              • Other dental conditions

If you experience sensitivity after the whitening procedure, it is recommended to invest in Sensodyne toothpaste, a type of toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth.

Possible Allergy

Some clients are allergic to the gel used without realizing it. If you form a blister on your lip within 24 hours of the procedure, it is likely you developed an allergic reaction. With the help of liquid vitamin E or an over-the-counter antihistamine, the blister should subside within a few hours.

Contact Noble Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule your teeth whitening appointment today!