Teeth Grinding

Top Tips for Stress Management

We’re all familiar with some of the ways stress can affect us: poor sleep, elevated blood pressure, and increased likelihood of diabetes, obesity, or heart disease. But did you know that stress can also affect your dental health? Stress is one of the leading causes of bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding, which can wreak havoc Read more

Why Teeth Grinding Affects Others

Grinding your teeth can create a multitude of health problems. But if you’re suffering from bruxism (or nighttime teeth grinding), it might not be only you who’s affected. Bruxism can be caused by many different triggers, from stress or anxiety to sleep disorders like sleep apnea. It can lead to damaged teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder Read more

Sleep Apnea & Bruxism

Having trouble getting a good night’s rest? Sleep apnea and bruxism are two sleep-related conditions that are sometimes experienced together. The first is a disorder in which breathing is interrupted during sleep, while the second is nighttime teeth grinding. And those who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea are more likely to also deal with Read more

New Year, New You

In this month of reflection, intention, and resolution, what are your hopes for a beautiful smile in 2019? Many start the year thinking about health — but they often forget the importance of oral health! A healthy smile is about more than just looking good in photos (although that usually doesn’t hurt). Having a healthy Read more

New Year, Stop the Grind

It’s that time of year: taking stock of the past twelve months, looking forward to a fresh start, and thinking about what you want to do differently. Whether you like to commit to new year’s resolutions or just like the idea of a clean slate, it’s a great opportunity to put your best foot forward Read more

How to Limit Holiday Stress

’Tis the season for eggnog, sugar cookies, and stressful family gatherings. The holidays can bring great joy, but they can also create worry and stress as you scramble to keep up with activities, gifts, and a diet of rich foods and cocktails. Holiday stress can lead to bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding, or can exacerbate Read more

Identifying Bruxism: 6 Signs to Look For

Bruxism affects millions, but you may not have even realized it’s happening. Because that teeth-grinding happens at night during sleep, it can be difficult to identify that it’s going on. If you’re trying to identify bruxism (either for yourself or if you suspect a loved one is dealing with it), there are several symptoms you Read more

Hold the Starbucks! How that Grande Can Cause Teeth Grinding

Americans love their morning cup of Joe, but the habit could be damaging their teeth. Sixty-four percent of Americans age 18 or over said they enjoyed a cup of coffee the previous day in 2018, according to a survey commissioned by the National Coffee Association. Indeed, Americans collectively drink more coffee than anyone on the Read more

Protect Yourself from Thanksgiving Stress

Holidays can be stressful, and Thanksgiving is no exception. It’s supposed to be a day to feel grateful for your blessings, but cooking the perfect turkey, traveling with the kids, hosting the family dinner — all of it can stress even the calmest soul. And as you know, stress can cause you to grinding your Read more

The Dark Side of Grinding

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can be your worst nightmare. It can cause some scary short- and long-term effects, including headaches, jaw pain, problems chewing, a misshapen face and loose teeth. According to research, when you grind your teeth while sleeping, it puts 10 times more pressure on them than while you’re eating. And that has Read more

Don’t Drink & Grind

If you drink several times a week or even just a glass of wine or two before bed, you might want to rethink that habit. While imbibing on a regular basis can expand your waistline and that glass of red wine can stain your teeth, doing either can cause far greater harm to your overall Read more

Teeth Grinding: The Long and Short of It

Are you ignoring tell-tale signs that you are grinding your teeth at night? If you experience the symptoms of bruxism on an all-too-regular basis, then you need to seek your dentist’s help. When people ignore the initial signs of teeth grinding, it is almost certain that they will lead to bigger, more damaging effects. The Read more

Are Sleep Apnea & Teeth Grinding Connected?

If you’re waking up with tired, sore jaw muscles or sensitive teeth, you might be grinding your teeth all through the night. And there may be more to it — according to The National Sleep Foundation, one of the biggest risk factors for teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a condition called obstructive sleep Read more

How Important Is Your Smile?

Your smile is one of your biggest assets. Smiling can change your mood and the mood of those around you. But did you know that smiling – or not smiling – also can affect your mental, physical and emotional health? Here are some reasons why you should smile more often: Smiling boosts your self-confidence. Smiling Read more

Don’t Let End-of-School-Year Stress Get the Best of You

Another few weeks and school’s out for the summer. Uh oh. Are you ready for it? The last few weeks of school can definitely be stressful, for both kids and parents. Kids have stressors like testing, wrapping up the year with good grades and graduation, while parents have 182 school events to attend, multiplied by Read more