If you’ve been waking up with headaches, a sore jaw, or the achy feeling of misalignment in your teeth, you’re probably grinding your teeth in your sleep. Sleep bruxism, or the grinding or gnashing of teeth during the night, is often related to other sleep disorders like snoring or sleep apnea, and can also be a result of stress during waking hours.
Aside from causing pain and damaging your teeth, sleep bruxism can have an adverse effect on your quality of sleep. That’s why dentists often recommend custom-made nightguards for patients who suffer from sleep bruxism. While over-the-counter nightguards prevent your teeth from grinding together, they cannot protect the joints and muscles of the jaw, so headaches, pain, and poor sleep may persist. A custom-made nightguard, on the other hand, offers the following benefits.
Reduce pain and headaches
Sleep bruxism and other temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) can cause everything from jaw muscle or joint fatigue to headaches, ear aches, muscle spasms, and lockjaw. A correctly-formed nightguard, however, will work to properly align your teeth, reduce the tension in your jaw, and ease the strain on the joints and muscles.
Prevent damage to teeth
The nightly wearing-down and grinding away of enamel can, depending on the severity of the bruxism, cause anything from mild tooth sensitivity to gum recession, abfraction (the formation of triangular grooves in the gumline), chips, cracks, and even fractures. The most immediate benefit of a nightguard is that it protects the tooth surfaces from each other during the night, greatly reducing enamel damage.
With the constant activity of grinding, especially the muscle fatigue and pain that it causes, bruxism can dramatically affect sleep quality. By protecting your teeth and discouraging grinding, a custom nightguard can make sleep more restful. In fact, nightguards can even prevent snoring, meaning your partner may just get a better rest as well.
Save money over time
When sleep bruxism goes untreated for an extended time, the cumulative damage of each night’s tension and grinding becomes expensive to repair. Often this damage affects the entire mouth, rather than an individual tooth. By reducing damage to your teeth, a custom nightguard can spare you from significant dental costs down the line.
If you suffer from sleep bruxism, a nightguard may be just what you need to dramatically improve your dental health, sleep quality, and general quality of life. Hayhurst Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers both nightguards and sportguards that are made to measure for a perfect fit that protects your teeth. Stop putting up with the daily grind of sleep bruxism, and contact us today by calling (208) 376-7721 or visiting us online.
Protect your Teeth (and Sleep Better) with a Nightguard.
Some people are prone to cavities, no matter how well they brush and floss. A predisposition to certain factors, including the composition and flow of saliva, diet, and even the strain of bacterial infection present in the body all contribute to the formation of cavities.
Tooth morphology is another contributing factor, one that the team at Scott E. Hayhurst Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can certainly help with. Food particles have a nasty way of getting caught in the deep grooves or fissures of your teeth, especially of yourmolars. This is a recipe for disaster… or rather, for cavities.
That’s where dental sealants come in.
What Are Dental Sealants?
The American Dental Association defines a dental sealant as “a thin, protective coating (made from plastic or other dental materials) that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth.”
The dental sealant procedure is quick and painless, and it creates a strong protective layer on the enamel of each tooth. The sealant fills in any nooks and crannies in your teeth, thus eliminating the opportunity for food bacteria to settle in and cause decay. While they can’t replace your daily dental hygiene routine, dental sealants can offer extra protection against cavities, and can reduce the risk of decay by up to 80% in your molars!
Who Can Benefit from Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are most frequently recommended for children, as soon as their permanent teeth have erupted. It's always better to prevent a cavity than have to try to fix it later. Helping to keep your kids’ teeth cavity-free from the get-go will help you save time, money, and some additional dental work down the road.
While they are primarily geared towards children, adults can benefit from dental sealants, too! No matter our age, we’re all susceptible to tooth decay. By establishing a strong barrier between the fissures in your molars and the food particles in your mouth, you’re eliminating an opportunity for bacteria to grow and for tooth decay to set in.
Dental sealants can be a great option for your family to help stop tooth decay in its tracks. Be sure to talk to your dentist about them at your next appointment!
How is your oral hygiene? If your toothbrush has been worn out for months, your gums bleed every time you brush your teeth, and you can’t even remember the last time you visited your dentist, it’s time to change your habits. Symptoms that look harmless might develop into something worse and require costly treatments. In this blog, we talk about how simple preventive measures can help you not only keep good dental health, but also save money.
Replace Your Toothbrush
An average toothbrush—nothing fancy or cheap—usually only costs up to $5 and should be replaced about every three months. While we hate goodbyes, if yours is looking like this, just let it go. You need your toothbrush in good shape to ensure that there are no leftover food particles in your mouth that can cause plaque and tooth decay.
Now that you have a new toothbrush, you must know how to use it properly. That’s why we encourage you to take this quiz created by the American Dental Association.
Here are their tips for good dental hygiene:
Even when you’re not experiencing any symptoms of oral diseases, it’s important to have regular checkups with your dentist every six months.
You’re not the only one who appreciates a sweet dessert. The bacteria present in saliva love it, too! Poor brushing and flossing helps them to form a sticky bacterial plaque. At some point, it hardens and turns into tartar—which can be removed only by a dentist. When tartar spreads below the gum line, it can cause periodontal disease, an infection that might put your dental health at risk.
Here are some symptoms of periodontal disease:
Several studies have proven that periodontal disease can cause other health problems, such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, and respiratory issues. The treatment varies according to the stage of the infection: Usually, it involves cleaning the roots of the teeth below the gums, but a corrective surgery may be necessary in extreme cases.
These treatments are complex and, consequently, expensive. If you can avoid all these problems and save money by adopting simple preventive measures, why not?
Book your appointment at Scott Hayhurst Family Dental and let us take care of your oral health! Our clinic is located in Boise, Idaho. Contact us through our website or call (208) 376-7721.
How Preventive Dental Care Helps You Save Money.
The Benefits of Dental Sealants.
There’s no doubt about it: holiday expenses can really add up. Between gifts and travel, and jam-packed schedules, the last thing you’ll want to do is book your family’s dental appointments. But what if we told you there was a way to save money this year, and it began by calling Scott E. Hayhurst Family and Cosmetic Dentistry?
Did you know that only 2.8% of people with PPO dental plans reach or exceed their plan’s annual maximum, leaving 97.2% of people sitting on unused dental benefits? As soon as the clock strikes midnight on January 1st, you can kiss all your unused dental benefits goodbye! While it may be a hectic time of year, using your benefits now could actually save you money and a headache down the road. Here are 4 reasons you should use them before you lose them:
Dental problems will only get worse
Postponing your dental appointments can only make matters worse and lead to more extensive and expensive treatment! A recent study suggests that a simple annual cleaning is crucial for identifying future problems such as gum disease, cavities, and even oral cancer. Although you may not have pressing issues now, basic preventative care is an excellent way to use your benefits and will help you achieve and maintain a healthy set of teeth and gums!
Create a timely strategy to save big
If you require a procedure involving multiple visits, getting started at the end of the year is a great strategy! To help maximize your benefits, your dentist can split the treatment over this year and next, allowing you to take advantage of your replenished funds and dramatically reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. Be sure to discuss this possibility with your dentist!
You are paying, so don’t waste your money
A deductible is the amount of money you must pay to your dentist before your insurance kicks in. On average, it’s $50 for the year. Come January 1st, you will need to pay the deductible again regardless of any unused benefits. If you’re not using your benefits but continuing to pay monthly premiums, the money is simply wasted. Remember, even if you don’t need any dental treatment, schedule a cleaning and let those benefits pay for your preventative health before your fees potentially increase and you have to dole out more cash!
Confidently enjoy your holidays
Last, but not least, using your benefits now means enjoying the holidays! Once the hustle and bustle of the season has died down, you can look forward to 2018, knowing you got the most out of your benefits and saved some money!
At Scott E. Hayhurst Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide personalized care for adults, teens, and children and go above and beyond to provide you with the care you deserve. If you have outstanding dental benefits, there has never been a more opportune time to book an appointment than right now! Don’t let your dental benefits go to waste—be sure to use them before December 31st!
UNUSED DENTAL BENEFITS? KISS THEM GOODBYE IN THE NEW YEAR.