Archive for October 2015

Preventing Teeth Grinding

October 26, 2015 | Posted Education

Teeth grinding normally occurs during sleep and is typically caused by missing/crooked teeth or an abnormal bite. Teeth grinding can resulting in loosening, fracturing, and the wearing down of the teeth.
 
To prevent teeth grinding, your dentist can provide you with a mouth guard. If stress is the cause of your teeth grinding, it’s advised to ask your doctor or dentist about ways to reduce your stress. If your teeth grinding is caused by a sleeping disorder, seeking treatment for it should help reduce the teeth grinding habit. A few other tips to help prevent teeth grinding include:

  • Don’t chew on anything that is not food, or even gum, as these items let your jaw get more used to chewing and make you more likely to grind your teeth.

  • Cut back on foods that contain caffeine (coffee, chocolate etc).

  • If you notice yourself clenching your teeth during the day, put the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This helps let your jaw muscles relax.

 
If you are seeking treatment for teeth grinding or have any other questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.

Canker sores are a form of small, shallow ulcers that appear in the mouth and can make common tasks such as talking and eating uncomfortable. Canker sores are typically caused due to stress on the soft tissues in your mouth.
 
Certain acidic and citrus foods such as lemons, oranges, strawberries, and pineapples can trigger a canker sore or even make the problem worse. Canker sores can also be caused by the following:

  • An accidental cheek bite.

  • A diet lacking in zinc, vitamin B12, iron and folate acid.

  • Emotional stress.

  • Hormonal stress during menstruation

  • A response due to an allergic reaction in your mouth.

 
There are a number of other possible causes for canker sores, including a number of different diseases such as celiac, behcet, and crohn's disease.
 
Unfortunately, there is no cure for typical canker sores. You can try to reduce their frequency by avoiding foods that irritate your mouth and avoiding irritation to the soft tissue inside your mouth.  If you have canker sores that are unusually large, last for more than three weeks or are spreading, it is recommended to contact your dentist.
 
If you have any questions about canker sore treatment or prevention, contact us at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.