Teeth grinding, known medically as bruxism, can lead to serious consequences since it damages the enamel that coats each tooth. Unfortunately, children can sometimes pick the habit up without realising how bad it is for their oral health. There are a number of reasons childhood bruxism can develop, including irritation as the baby teeth come through, but it's always best to stop the habit as early as possible. Here are just five ways to prevent the habit.
Pregnancy can be a traumatic time for any expecting mother's body. From sore feet to raging hormones, it seems every mother has a war story to share. When the rest of your body is changing on a daily basis, the last thing on any expecting mother's mind is their teeth. However, during pregnancy, good oral health is more important than ever. Read on to find out more about four things to watch out for during your pregnancy to keep your teeth in tip-top shape.
Modern dentures are so comfortable that most people forget they are even wearing them. That's great during day-to-day life, but it often means that people take to sleeping in their dentures. This could be because they forget to remove them or simply because they don't appreciate the need to do so; in any case, sleeping with your dentures should be considered a definite no-no. Here are just four serious conditions that can arise as a consequence of keeping your dentures in while you're sleeping.
When you have a tooth or teeth missing, it can be tempting to get dental implants as soon as possible. However, it's important to think about what you want your smile to look like after your implants. Do you have a misaligned bite or crooked teeth? If the space where your missing tooth used to be has widened, will you be okay with having gaps between your implant and your existing teeth?
Poor dental hygiene in young children can result in a wide variety of treatments being required. Letting plaque and tartar build up can not only cause bad breath and staining which is detrimental to their confidence, but also can lead to gum disease and the need for operations such as root canals. In 2015, 50% of 12-year-old children had some form of degenerative tooth condition, affecting one of their permanent teeth according to Australian Government statistics.