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DO YOU CLENCH YOUR TEETH WHEN YOU ARE FEELING STRESSED? DO YOU WAKE UP WITH A HEADACHE? DO YOUR JAW MUSCLES HURT?

Talk to Dr. Ganeshappa! You may have a habit called Bruxism

WHAT IS BRUXISM?

Bruxism is a habit during which you grind your teeth or clench or thrust your jaw forward over and over again. This habit can affect your oral health. It can cause teeth to break or crack, and increase the chance of gum problems. Adults are not the only ones affected. Studies have found that this can be a problem in children as young as preschool aged. (Mark, JADA)

WHAT CAUSES IT?

Researchers do not know for sure what causes people to do this. Some think stress could be a factor. In preschoolers, studies find an association between grinding their teeth or clenching their jaws and signs of stress such as anxiety or social withdrawal.

Children also can develop this habit when they are losing their baby teeth and their permanent teeth are coming in. Nail biting also may lead to grinding of teeth or jaw clenching. Some children outgrow this, but often adults who grind their teeth or clench their jaws did so as children.

Like many habits, you may be unaware that you do this. You may even do it in your sleep. Tobacco and alcohol use may increase your chances of doing this when you are sleeping. Large amounts of caffeine—for example, 8 or more cups of coffee a day—also can increase this risk. Some medications or illegal drugs may cause users to grind their teeth or clench or thrust their jaws as well. (Mark, JADA)

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Many different things can contribute to the problem of bruxism, and although there has not been a lot of research on how to best treat it, your dentist may suggest some of the following options:

  • wearing a Night Guard
  • decreasing or quitting tobacco use
  • limiting the amount of caffeine you eat or drink
  • seeking counseling to help you identify when you are doing it while you are awake and to develop ways to relax
  • reviewing the medications you take and talking to your physician about alternatives

Call 210-981-1060 to schedule an appointment for a consultation if you notice any of the following:

  • jaw pain
  • headaches when you wake up
  • teeth sensitivity to hot or cold drinks or food
  • chipped teeth or fillings

We can provide a custom-fit night guard that can help reduce clenching, jaw thrusting, and grinding to protect your teeth and gums.

04/14/2018

DO YOU SLEEP WELL AND WAKE UP RESTED?

If the answer is "no", there is a good chance you might be in the group of people who have Sleep Apnea.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea or Sleep Disrupted Breathing and what are the causes?

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea refers to an obstruction of blockage which prevents air from entering the lungs. When air cannot enter the lungs, the body is deprived of essential oxygen which is transported to all the organs in the body.
  • The most common cause of upper airway obstruction is the base of the tongue.

Nighttime Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping while you sleep in effort to take a breath
  • Total stoppage of breathing (Apnea)
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Restless leg and arm syndrome
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • GERD (Acid reflux, bitter taste in the mouth in the morning, sore throat)
  • Not feeling rested in the morning

Get Better Rest with Simple and Effective Solutions

Custom Sleep Apnea Devices

Dr. Ganeshappa can complete a comprehensive evaluation and provide you the best option to improve your quality of sleep.

Call 210-981-1060 to Schedule a Consultation Today!

05/24/2018

HELP YOUR CHILD BE SAFE AND PREVENT UNNECESSARY DENTAL INJURIES!

According to the ADA, over 200,000 oral injuries are prevented each year simply by wearing a sports mouth guard.

Yet, the yearly costs of all injuries, including oro-facial injuries, sustained by young athletes have been estimated to be as high as 1.8 billion dollars.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) reports that more than 67% of parents stated their children do not wear a mouth guard during organized sports because they are not required.

Have peace of mind and help protect your athlete during the current and upcoming sports seasons.

We offer custom fit mouth guards which are made personally for your child's mouth to offer the best protection and fit. Custom fit mouth guards can also be designed to fit over braces.

Call 210-981-1060 to schedule an appointment!

09/11/2018

PREGNANCY AND ORAL HEALTH

Maintaining good oral health is important as it contributes to your overall health.

If you are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant, taking good care of your teeth and gums is important not only for your health but also for your baby's health.

DURING PREGNANCY

As part of your prenatal care, you can prevent gingivitis by keeping your teeth clean to avoid more serious periodontal diseases. Women who experience periodontal disease during their pregnancies are at greater risk of developing preeclampsia and/or having a premature or low birth weight baby.

KEEP A GOOD SELF-CARE ROUTINE:

  • Brush with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss once a day
  • Try to eat a balanced diet to obtain essential nutrients for you and baby
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings
  • Tell your dentist if you are taking any medications and about any changes in your oral health

Call 210-981-1060 to schedule an appointment for a dental check-up and professional cleaning today!

10/22/2018

DO YOU OR ANY OF YOUR CHILDREN WEAR BRACES?

Do you find it difficult to keep your teeth clean and gums healthy due to your braces?

By seeing your dentist for check-ups and professional cleanings every 3-4 months while in braces, you can help minimize the occurrence of white stains (decalcifications) on your teeth caused by plaque accumulation around orthodontic brackets.

EASY AND EFFECTIVE DENTAL CLEANINGS

SAVE TIME

We have instruments specifically designed to make cleaning around orthodontic wires and brackets easy and effective; thus, eliminating the need to remove your orthodontic wires beforehand.

HAVE A CLEAN, HEALTHY, BRIGHT SMILE

Our special instruments effectively remove plaque, debris, and stains around your ortho brackets; making your smile bright again.

HAVE PEACE OF MIND

We spend time educating you on the best products available on the market to help you easily maintain your beautiful smile between your dental cleaning visits.

Call 210-981-1060 to schedule an appointment for a dental check-up and professional cleaning today!

11/01/2018