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    The Importance of Treating Bruxism

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a common and serious problem. Bruxism is usually associated with stress and anxiety. Over 70% of people will deal with bruxism at some point in their lives, and many won’t know until serious symptoms appear.

    Watch this video to learn about bruxism and the dangers of letting it go untreated. Bruxism can cause broken teeth, jaw pain, migraines, earaches, and more. The best way to deal with bruxism, in addition to finding a way to cope with stress, is to wear a night guard while you sleep.

    If you think you could be suffering from bruxism, Dental Care of Stamford can help. Make an appointment at our dental practice today by calling (203) 803-1815. 

    Helping Kids Relax Before Their Dental Visit

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Do your kids get nervous before heading to the dentist? If so, they’re not alone. Patients of all ages have been known to experience some jitters before a dental appointment. However, it is important to help your kids develop healthy attitudes about seeing the dentist. A positive attitude about dental appointments during childhood will set up your kids for good oral health for life. If your kids are fearful of seeing the dentist, these tips will help:

    Start Dental Care Young
    The sooner your kids see the dentist, the more comfortable they will be with getting care. When your kids become accustomed to seeing the dentist twice every year and getting regular dental cleanings, it will become normal to them, and going to appointments will be no big deal. It is a good idea to take your child to the dentist by the time his or her first tooth emerges.

    Be Careful About the Language You Choose
    It’s good to honestly answer your kids’ questions about dental care and what to expect at their appointments, but be mindful of the language you use. Stay away from talking about things like dental drills and other equipment. Kids’ dentists usually use kid-friendly terms to describe their tools and treatments to help kids relax. Follow their lead and keep your language upbeat and your attitude relaxed and positive.

    Choose a Kids’ Dentist
    Although all dentists may be trained to treat kids, taking your children to a kids’ dentist has many benefits. Kids’ dentists focus exclusively on treating children, and they have the right touch and temperament to help kids feel at ease. It’s natural for kids to fuss at a dental appointment. When you take them to a kids’ dentist, you can rest assured that the dentist and staff will take any crying in stride.

    Dental Care Kids at Dental Care of Stamford is the perfect place to help your kids get the care they need in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Trust your entire family’s general and cosmetic dental care to us. Make an appointment by calling (203) 803-1815. 

    Recognizing the Symptoms of Tooth Decay

    Last updated 12 months ago

    If plaque and bacteria are left on the tooth’s enamel or trapped in the areas between teeth, decay can occur. Catching tooth decay early is the key to having it treated with a simple filling instead of more invasive root canal procedures. When decayed teeth are left untreated, pain, gum infections, and tooth loss can occur. This is why it is so important to report any symptoms of tooth decay to your dentist right away.

    In many cases, tooth decay is symptomless in its very early stages and is usually diagnosed during the course of a dental exam. Once a cavity starts to form, symptoms begin to appear. A toothache is the most common symptom. Discolored spots on the tooth also indicate decay. Sensitivity to sweets, hot and cold foods, cold air, and pressure are also signs that decay is present. If you experience tooth decay symptoms accompanied by a fever, swollen glands, or a throbbing pain, call your dentist immediately. These symptoms indicate a severe infection or an abscess.

    If you suspect a cavity, contact Dental Care of Stamford right away. Our caring team of dentists can diagnose and treat tooth decay to prevent further damage to your oral health. Call (203) 803-1815 for an appointment. 

    A Look at the Causes of Common TMJ Disorders

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ disorders, are common complaints that can be diagnosed and treated by experienced dentists. There are a number of different things that can cause TMJ disorders. It’s important for your dentist to determine the root cause of your pain in order to plan your TMJ treatment more effectively. Here are some of the most common causes of TMJ problems:

    Stress
    How you react to stress could explain your TMJ disorder. When you’re stressed, you may clench or grind your teeth, particularly at night when sleeping. These actions can cause soreness in the muscles and joints of your jaw. Eventually, you may experience painful muscles spasm or notice that you have limited range of motion with your jaw. In some patients with stress-related TMJ, only the muscles are affected. In other cases, only the joints are impacted. For other patients, both muscle and joint pain are present.

    Arthritis
    Arthritis can develop in the joints of your jaw, causing pain and stiffness when you try to open your mouth. Arthritis in the TMJ region is sometimes caused by an injury. Chronic teeth grinding can also cause arthritis to set in. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, may also experience jaw pain related to that condition. In severe cases, rheumatoid arthritis can cause parts of the jaw to fuse together.

    Disc Displacement
    There is a small disc located in the region between your jawbone and the bone socket. This disc cushions the bone when it moves, but it may occasionally slip out of place. When this happens, you will usually hear a telltale popping or clicking sound when you open and close your mouth. Range of movement may also be limited.

    Let the dentists at Dental Care of Stamford diagnose the cause of your TMJ disorder so treatment can begin. In addition to a range of TMJ treatments, we offer comprehensive pediatric, general, and cosmetic dental care for your entire family. Make an appointment today by calling (203) 803-1815. 

    Dental Health Advice for Adults and Children: People are Getting More Cavities Now Than Ever Before

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Dental Health Advice for Adults and Children: People are getting more cavities now than ever before. A big part of that is due to the soft drinks we consume. Carbonated beverages, even the diet versions, are strong causes of cavities due to the bubbles that are made of carbonic acid.

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