Bruxism: The Daily Grind

Habitual Grinding of Teeth (aka Bruxism)

Do you grind your teeth? If so, you are not alone. Approximately 50% to 96% of people brux their teeth. What’s more, 15% of kids acquire the behavior. Surprisingly, most people fail to realize they grind their teeth, unless they notice chipping or experience jaw pain. Regardless of the severity of their habit, bruxism can occur during the day or night.

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Traumatic Dental Injuries

If you’ve ever witnessed someone falling on their face or getting hit in the mouth with a ball, you have probably winced when you saw the resulting dental damage. Whether a tooth cracks, loosens or completely falls out, the results can be shocking, as well as painful. However, rest assured, at Blue Ocean Dentistry, we are here to help! If you or anyone you love loses a tooth to any type of accident, we have systems in place to handle the situation quickly and efficiently. 

Many dental accidents compromise the inner soft tissues of the tooth, known as the dental pulp. When something injures the pulp, a root canal treatment may be necessary.

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George Washington’s (Wooden?) Teeth

In honor of Presidents’ Day, allow us to devote this week’s blog to one of the most famous mouths in U.S. history — the one belonging to former president George Washington. Born on February 22, 1732, George Washington became the first President of the United States in 1789. One of the things he is most well-known for is that he served as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Thereafter, George Washington emerged as the unanimous choice to serve as the first President of the United States. Aside from his political career, this famous past president is well known for having “wooden teeth.” But is that fable true? Read on. 

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Your Teeth During the Holiday Season

Now that you’ve finished off the last of the turkey leftovers, you’re heading directly into the holiday season. And what awaits you if you aren’t careful are compromised teeth and gums. We want to help you avoid that situation. Read on to find out tips for taking care of your pearly whites from now until (and after) the first of the New Year! 

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Happy Save Your Tooth Month

May is Root Canal Awareness Month

The American Association of Endodontics declares May as Save Your Tooth Month. Previously known as Root Canal Awareness Month, the annual campaign is designed to call attention to the importance of saving natural teeth. Despite the fact most people see each other in the real-world wearing masks that cover their pearly whites, dental health remains of paramount importance. What’s more, when you’re on Zoom, your smile is on display for all the all the virtual world to see. 

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Don’t Crack Up

How to avoid cracking your teeth

Have you ever heard a tooth crack inside your mouth? Unless you’ve chipped or broken a tooth, you may not be familiar with the terrifying sound. But take our word for it; few other things strike more terror than the unnerving snap of a canine, incisor, pre-molar or molar. In this blog post, we examine tooth structure and offer suggestions for avoiding some foods and activities that could introduce you to the unsettling noise and other associated broken-tooth horrors. 

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