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What Causes Children to Grind Teeth?

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Bruxism, the habit of grinding the teeth, is a fairly common condition among both adults and children and can cause serious dental damage if left untreated. This is particularly true for children whose teeth are still forming. A morning headache is often the first symptom.

Bruxism can be a result of medical, dental or psychological conditions including:

– Stress

– Hyperactivity

– Misaligned bite

Teeth grinding can be cured but “treating the underlying cause is essential” for any treatment to be fully effective. A detailed article on the causes and cures for bruxism in children can be read at


Ways to Deal with Bad Breath

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When you have persistent bad breath and your dentist has ruled out an oral health issue, you will need to change your oral hygiene and other habits. There are also actions you can take:

– Brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and use a mouthwash

– Scrape your tongue (you can buy toothbrushes with scrapers)

– Avoid foods that leave a lingering smell and after-taste

– Chew mint flavoured gum as this will keep your mouth moist

“It’s easy to improve your breath and keep your teeth and gums healthy at the same time.”

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Preparing your children for their first loose tooth

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The transition from baby teeth to permanent teeth can be exciting for your child, but it can also be worrying if they don’t know what to expect.

Key takeaways:

– Make sure your child’s teeth are in good shape by visiting the dentist from a young age.

– Explain the process and ensure your children don’t pull at their loose baby teeth.

– Don’t try to pull their teeth yourself either unless your dentist tells you to do so.

Pulling at baby teeth can cause the child to experience unnecessary pain, bleeding and infection.

If you want to know how to better prepare for this situation, speak to your dentist so you and your child can feel more confident.

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Menopause and Dental Health: What You Need to Know

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Menopause is a natural part of life and it is associated with a number of hormonal changes. However, it could also impact your teeth as well as your oral health. What are some conditions that might be caused by the onset of menopause?

– Menopause may lead to a common condition known as dry mouth.

– Osteoporosis could be another result; leading to less bone mass within the jaw.

– Women may also be at a higher risk of developing gum disease.

“Menopause is the start of hormone changes that end a woman’s menstrual cycle and her fertility.”

You can take action to offset the risks and changes associated with menopause. Read more here:


Top Cavity Prevention Tips

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As the holiday season approaches with an abundance of sweet treats in store, it’s worth reminding yourself how to prevent cavities:
– Drink lots of water to rinse away food particles that lead to plaque buildup and cavities, and also provide fluoride to strengthen teeth.
– Water is much better for your teeth than fizzy drinks or fruit juice.
– Dairy products contain calcium which is good for your teeth.
– Avoid constant snacking throughout the day, including sticky treats like dried fruits (raisins) and gummy bears.
– Always clean your teeth thoroughly and see your dentist regularly.
“Sour candies, which are acidic, can also be troublesome for your teeth as acid erodes enamel.”
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Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Jaw Pain

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Persistent jaw pain should not be ignored, as it can be a symptom of serious dental conditions and cause damage to the oral tissue.

Key takeaways:

– Jaw pain may be caused by cavities, gum disease, and teeth abscesses.

– Some of the conditions listed above require urgent treatment.

– Jaw pain can also be caused by teeth grinding, which must be treated asap.

Because it’s better to be safe than sorry, book an appointment with your dentist if jaw pain doesn’t resolve on its own.

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Dental Abscess: What Causes It?

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You may get a dental abscess due to an infected tooth or gum disease. The abscess is a swollen, pus-filled area at the root of the tooth which requires treatment as soon as possible from your dentist.

Key takeaways:

– Your dentist will lance the abscess and may suggest a deep cleaning of your gums.

– In some circumstances you may need the tooth extracted.

– After an extraction, it is best to replace the tooth with a dental implant to help prevent loss of jaw bone and shifting teeth.

“If the original infection was the result of infected nerve tissue (also called the pulp) inside the tooth, root canal therapy may be able to help. An infection in the center of your tooth can happen as the result of decay, an injury, or a cracked or chipped tooth.”

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All You Need to Know About Receding Gums

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Receding gums are a serious problem. When the gums pull back and expose tooth roots it can cause sensitivity and possible tooth loss.

– Receding gums can be caused by bacteria from poor oral hygiene, gum disease or smoking, or damage from bruxism or overly aggressive brushing.

– To prevent receding gums, maintain good oral hygiene with regular gently brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist for regular checkups.

– Never ignore receding gums as they can result in sensitivity and pain when the root of the tooth becomes exposed and even lead to tooth loss.

“Don’t wait to see your oral healthcare professional if you’re worried about gum recession!”

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Know More: An Implant-Supported Bridge

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An implant-supported bridge may be the best option open to your dentist to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A traditional dental bridge is supported by the teeth surrounding the gap, while an implant-supported bridge is fitted to implants in the gum.

This has several advantages as:

– It is ideal for gaps where two or more teeth are missing.

– Implants can be placed in the most suitable areas of the gum.

– Pressure from biting and chewing is evenly distributed across the bridge.

One of the biggest advantages is that an “implant supported bridge looks just like your natural teeth” and further information can be found at


Why Does My Jaw Constantly Feel Tight?

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Have you noticed discomfort in your jaw or are you experiencing moderate pain? There could be a wide range of explanations for this condition. While it is important to see a dentist, it is always a good idea to take a look at some common causes.

– You could be grinding your teeth (also known as bruxism).

– You might be suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder

– Your bite might be misaligned and require adjustment.

“Jaw tightness can range from mild to severe and be most painful when moving the jaw, such as when chewing or speaking.”

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