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My molar began to hurt one night so much that it woke me up. I hadn't been to the dentist regularly, so I knew it was my bad habits catching up to me. I took pain relievers for a few days that dulled the pain, and then I developed a big bump on my gum. It scared me enough to finally go to the dentist. He told me the bump was an abscess from a bad tooth infection. He said that if I had waited too much longer, the infection could have spread to my sinuses and even my brain! He gave me antibiotics and in a few days he was able to save the tooth with a root canal. I created this blog to tell other people that if your tooth hurts, then go to the dentist immediately. You probably have an infection that will only keep getting worse.

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Problem Grinding Your Teeth? How To Prevent It

by Violet Jensen

Stress is a normal part of life, and even though it is a nuisance, people learn to deal with it. Stress can, however, affect your health in many ways, including grinding your teeth (bruxism). This is when you apply consistent pressure to your teeth, typically at night while sleeping. If you grind your teeth, below are ways you can prevent this problem.

Teeth Grinding Symptoms

Because you likely grind your teeth at night, you may not know you are doing it. If you experience the following symptoms, you should see your dentist to rule it out. These symptoms include:

  • Recurring earaches and headaches
  • Damage to teeth, including chips and/or cracks or worn-down enamel. You may notice pain while brushing and/or flossing.
  • Sensitivity to cold and/or hot foods and drinks
  • Soreness in your jaw muscles or TMD

Teeth Grinding Prevention

To control your teeth grinding, you must change the behaving causing it. The tips below can help you defeat this problem.

  • Reduce stress: There are ways you can reduce stress, such as medications, therapy, relaxation techniques, and exercises.
  • Limit caffeine: Because caffeine is a stimulant, it can keep you up at night, which can lead to stress.
  • Ease tension: Before you go to bed, place a warm compress over your jaw muscles. These muscles are located in the front of each ear. Heat helps relax and soothe these muscles. You can also use aromatherapy and massage your jaw to help you relax.
  • Ergonomics: Sleeping on your back reduces pressure on your jaw joints. If you find yourself rolling over, use a contour pillow to keep you in this position.
  • Diet: Some vitamin deficiencies cause muscle spasms, which affects motor activity, including your jaw joints. See your doctor to see if you are low in nutrients, and take the needed vitamin supplement(s).
  • Avoid chewing gum or hard candy: If you consistently chew gum, etc., it is habit-forming, which can lead to teeth grinding.
  • Medications: If you are on medication, talk with your doctor to see if tooth grinding is a side effect. If so, they may be able to change your prescription, or reduce the dosage.
  • Checkup: Make an appointment with your dentist to check your teeth alignment. If you wear dental appliances, such as a dental bridge or dental crown, the dentist should make sure they fit properly

If you continue to grind your teeth, a dentist like those at Park Dental may ask you to wear a night guard at night to protect them. These guards are typically not uncomfortable, and should not disrupt your sleep.

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