Teeth grinding, sometimes referred to as bruxism, is a harmful habit that can prematurely wear down your teeth and cause problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Unfortunately, this problem is all too common among adults and children alike. If you are among the countless individuals who grind their teeth, what can you do to curb this behavior and protect your beautiful smile?
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April 13, 2018
February 10, 2018
Even if you have the most stringent oral care regimen at home and visit the dentist multiple times a year, you can still get cavities. It sounds crazy, but research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine says otherwise. According to Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics, 60 percent of the risk for tooth decay is due to genetic factors.
The remaining 40 percent is tied to your environment, meaning how much fluoride you consume and what your diet entails. While these are manageable, you may be surprised by the factors that predispose your risk to tooth decay. Here are five from your dentist in Irving.
November 11, 2017
Over the years, your body will naturally start to develop certain aches and pains, like sore knee. When this occurs, you seek treatment to help alleviate the discomfort. However, when an issue occurs with the teeth, you can often be a bit hesitant to get help from your dentist in Irving. As you age, you may start to develop sensitive teeth, which is actually a common problem. In fact, it is estimated that 3 million cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. If your teeth have become sensitive, you do not have to live with the discomfort. Your dentist can help you get the relief you need at your next preventive appointment.
June 21, 2017
Are you tired of bringing one family member to a medical office, but then having to turn around and bring another loved one to a different office? That back and forth notion would lead anyone to surf the web for a “dentist near me.” Why not visit a dentist that not only has the services your whole family needs—young and old—and is also equipped with dentists that specialize in various areas of dentistry? 21st Century Dental & Sleep Center literally has everything you need under one roof!
January 18, 2017
Maintaining regular dental visits is vital to your oral health; however, one in three adults did not visit their dentist regularly. Too often, people believe that semi-annual dental appointments are not necessary as long as they brush their teeth twice a day and floss daily. In reality, your home oral hygiene is only half of the regular dental care you need for optimal oral health. The American Dental Association recommends everyone over the age of two visits the dentist twice a year for preventive care. Without regular care, you place the health and beauty of your smile at risk for damage.
January 8, 2017
Around the ages of 16 to 19, a third set of molars erupts, known as the wisdom teeth, creating a total of 32 permanent teeth. In the past, it was believed the extra set of molars was needed to help chew raw and hard foods. However, now it appears the wisdom teeth serve no real purpose. In addition, it is not uncommon to have these teeth extracted due to causing a variety of complications. In fact, wisdom teeth are extracted from roughly 5 million people in the United States each year. While the teeth are routinely extracted, not everyone needs them removed. As a dentist for wisdom tooth extraction in Las Colinas, we have the information you need to help determine if you might need your wisdom teeth removed.
December 20, 2016
The holiday season is a great time of year to spend with family and friends, which often involves a bit of traveling. Traveling for the holidays can be a bit chaotic, so you want to ensure you are properly prepared. However, one area of preparation that is often overlooked involves sleep apnea. If you are among the 18 million Americans who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, your holiday travel plans may come with certain challenges. As your sleep doctor for sleep testing, we want to ensure your travel plans go smoothly, while also protecting yourself from sleep apnea complications.
December 10, 2016
As the new year approaches, now is the time to start thinking about goals and resolutions for the year ahead. As the new year begins, why not make a resolution to invest in your smile? The health and appearance of your teeth has a large impact on how you feel about yourself. Not to mention, if you have missing or damaged teeth, your quality of life significantly decreases. Now, you can restore the health and beauty of your smile with your dentist in Irving. With simple procedures, you can regain your confidence and quality of life to smile brightly throughout the year.
November 30, 2016
Have you visited your dentist in 75062 recently? If not, you are about to miss the opportunity to receive affordable care. Each year, your flexible spending account and dental insurance allows you to receive the dental care you need with little to no out-of-pocket cost. However, your yearly dental benefits will not carry over to next year. Instead, you will lose your yearly dental allowance, causing you to lose the opportunity for affordable care. As the end of the year draws near, now is the ideal time to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Irving to maximize the value of your dental benefits.
November 23, 2016
With the holidays just around the corner, get ready to be exposed to foods, beverages, and goodies you wouldn’t normally eat. While this is a fun time to enjoy different foods with friends and family, it’s also important to be wary of certain treats that can wreak havoc on your oral health. 21st Century Dental is here to help guide you through the perils of holiday eating. Your dentist in Irving offers healthy holiday tips.