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Signs You May be Grinding Your Teeth at Night

Signs You’re Grinding Your Teeth (Without Your Spouse Telling You)

Grinding teeth can cause a lot of damage to the inside of a mouth. It is also something that can go without diagnosis for an extended amount of time. If someone is grinding their teeth in short bursts throughout the night, rather than constantly, then they may not show symptoms until seen by a dentist. That is, unless a sleep deprived significant other makes them aware of the situation.

Nocturnal tooth grinding (bruxism) affects 8% of adults, and although the cause is unknown, there are a lot of different things it has been linked to, such as:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Anxiety/stresschild grinding teeth
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Snoring
  • Fatigue
  • Use of certain medications (amphetamines)

4 Signs You’re Grinding Your Teeth:

  1. Wake up with headache or facial pain
  2. Your back teeth are flat
  3. Your teeth have small cracks
  4. You can’t help but to chew on things during the day

Adults experiencing bruxism can also suffer from headaches, earaches, jaw pain, jaw joint disorders and damaged teeth. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

There are a few different things you can do (in home and with dentist) that will ease the pain and tension from teeth grinding. The first is stress management. Whether it is meditation, exercise, or talking to a professional, managing your stress is key in preventing teeth grinding. Additionally, sleeping position will affect teeth grinding. Sleeping face up will prevent bruxism but sleeping sideways or face down will increase chances of it. One can also use a lukewarm washcloth on the jawline before bed or even buy a mouth guard for bedtime. The most extreme cases of bruxism will lead to surgery or prescription medication.

If you notice your significant other or child grinding their teeth at night or if you’re waking up constantly with jaw pain, don’t delay. Schedule an appointment at Jordan Dentistry.

7 Easy Tips to Protect Your Teeth this Halloween

Halloween chocolates in the shape of ghosts, bats, witches, and jack-o-lanternsJust because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you should neglect your dental health. There are lots of things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and still enjoy Halloween. Chew on these Halloween dental tips!

  1. Choose Chocolate – While all candy is bad for your teeth, chocolate is probably the least harmful because it washes off your teeth easier than most other candies.
  2. Timing is Everything – It’s better to eat candy around meal time. Your mouth produces more saliva while eating, and this extra saliva can help rinse away bits of stuck food and neutralize acids caused by candy.
  3. Chew Gum – Chewing sugarless gum (which will have the ADA Seal) can help deter tooth decay when chewed after meals. Chewing sugarless gum increases saliva production (just like when eating meals).
  4. Drink Your Water – Drinking water is always good for your health, but fluoridated water is also good for helping to prevent tooth decay.
  5. Pass on Hard or Sticky Candy – Hard candy can chip your teeth if chewed, but it’s also bad to suck on them for a long time as the melting sugar turns your saliva into a sugary wash that coats your entire mouth. Likewise, sticky candy is very hard to get off your teeth.
  6. Brush and Floss Teeth – Remember to brush your teeth twice a day and floss!
  7. Visit your Dentist! – Like always, it’s important to schedule regular dental exams (even if you follow these Halloween dental tips).

At Jordan Dentistry, we offer a wide array of dental services to the Cumming area. Contact us today at (770) 888-6262 to schedule your new patient appointment!

Back-to-School Dental Tips for Your Kids

kids brushing their teethWith school back in session, now is an important time to remember the importance of your child’s dental health. Make sure your child’s teeth and gums stay healthy with these back-to-school dental tips:

Healthy Eating

Regardless of whether your child brings a lunch from home or buys lunch from the school cafeteria, make sure they are eating right! Avoid packing sugary snacks and drinks (like soda) in favor of raw vegetables and fruit. If they’re buying their lunch at school, make sure to review healthy eating habits to help your child make the right choices when away from home.

Athletic Mouth Guards

If your child plays sports, it’s very important that they use a properly fitted mouthguard. If it is too big or too small, it may increase the risk of injury.

Brushing and Flossing Regularly

Make sure your child flosses and brushes regularly. Help your child make oral care a part of their morning and bedtime ritual. A regular schedule will help your child form the habits needed for a healthy and beautiful smile!

Dental Examinations

We know how hectic schedules can get with homework, practice, and all the other obligations that come with back-to-school but remember to always make time for regular dental exams for your child. Regular dental exams help protect teeth, and early detection can help minimize potential issues before they become bigger (and more expensive) problems.

Ready to make an appointment for your child? Contact our Cumming dental office at 770-888-6262 to make an appointment today!

Wisdom Teeth: To Remove or Not to Remove

Young adult man smilingAre your wisdom teeth giving you trouble? Sometimes, it’s necessary for wisdom teeth (the third molars in the very back of your mouth) to be removed. If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, then read on to learn the reasons for removal from Dr. Jordan – and why for some patients, it’s not necessary. 

When wisdom teeth do NOT need to be removed

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. You are unlikely to need your wisdom teeth removed if:

  • Your wisdom teeth are healthy and cavity-free.
  • They are all fully erupted (grown in).
  • They are positioned correctly in your mouth. This means they are not at an angle, they align properly, and that they don’t interfere with your ability to bite properly.
  • Finally, they are easy to clean with normal brushing and flossing.

When wisdom teeth DO need to be removed

Unfortunately, wisdom teeth often need to be removed because in many patients:

  • Wisdom teeth only partially erupt. A partially emerged tooth is not only hard to clean, but it can also allow gum disease and oral infection to take root.
  • They crowd or damage other teeth. These teeth also often come in at an angle and disrupt a healthy bite alignment.
  • They often become impacted. This occurs with a tooth becomes trapped in the jaw. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infections and cysts that can damage the roots of your surrounding teeth, or even your jaw bone itself.

Are you concerned about your wisdom teeth? Then let our Cumming Georgia dentistry office help you decide what’s best for your oral health. Contact Jordan Dentistry to schedule an appointment today!

4 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

whiten your smileYou’ve heard all the benefits of showing your smile and laughing more, but what if you’re not very confident with your smile? You may find yourself hiding your smile or only giving “no teeth” smiles. The team at Jordan Dentistry wants you to feel confident with your smile! Here are a few natural tips to whiten your smile:

Brush With Baking Soda

This may seem like an odd tip since many people bake with baking soda, but did you know that many kinds of toothpaste list baking soda as an ingredient? It’s because baking soda acts an abrasive to scrub away plaque that is on your teeth. To try this remedy, mix two teaspoons of water and one teaspoon of baking soda together to create a paste. Brush your teeth several times a week with this concoction.

Eat Plenty of Fruits & Vegetables

Certain fruits and vegetables are known to rub away any existing plaque on your teeth. When you head to the grocery store, make sure to pick up carrots, celery, strawberries, apples, and pineapple. They’re not only super delicious and healthy for you, but they will also help your smile be that much whiter.

Brush & Floss Your Teeth Regularly

Many people have discolored teeth because plaque settled on their teeth and ate away at the enamel. But, when you remove the plaque, you are also removing its harmful side effects. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. We won’t be surprised if you see a significant change in your teeth color over time.

Prevent Stains Altogether

Preventative maintenance is always best. Instead of reacting to stains, avoid them altogether! You can do this by scheduling an appointment at Jordan Dentistry. When you visit Dr. Jordan, she will clean your teeth and get to places that your toothbrush simply cannot reach. Make sure to make multiple appointments a year to maintain your white smile.

Contact us today to set up an appointment!

3 Tips for Achieving a Whiter Smile

teen girls selfieOn June 21, millions of people around the world will be taking millions of selfies. Why? Because it’s National Selfie Day! You may be searching for ways to whiten your teeth to ensure you capture your best smile. Check out these simple tips to make your smile shine:

Eat the Right Foods

Growing up, you may have heard often from mom and dad to “eat your fruits and vegetables.” They probably meant it from a health standpoint, but did you know that eating certain fruits and vegetables can whiten your teeth? Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, celery, and carrots can help remove particles that discolor your teeth.  

Avoid Products that Discolor Your Teeth

Certain products have certain qualities that can turn your teeth yellow. Whenever possible, avoid smoking cigarettes, drinking soda and coffee, sipping red wine, and eating citrusy foods like lemons and limes. These products are known to discolor teeth and cause other health-related issues.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The basis of good oral hygiene starts with a toothbrush. It’s extremely important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. By removing the plaque and particles that build up on your teeth throughout the day, you are contributing to whiter (and healthier) teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue; bacteria on your tongue can spread to your teeth and cause discoloration.

If you want to schedule a professional teeth whitening appointment, contact us today! The team at Jordan Dentistry is more than willing to help you get ready for National Selfie Day.

How to Deal with Dental Emergencies On Vacation

Summer vacation is almost here, and that means it’s time for everyone’s favorite thing: summer travel! Whether you’re heading to a nearby town for a day or going around the world on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, there’s as much planning to do as there are things to look forward to. What happens if you have a dental emergency while you’re away from home?

First of all, if you’re going away for a long time, it’s not a bad idea to have a dental checkup before you go. Contact Jordan Dentistry about any potential problems, especially for kids, and what to do in case something happens. You can even ask for referrals in the area you’re traveling to.

Your steps for a dental emergency on vacation depend on what the problem is.

  • Toothache: rinse with warm salt water, floss gently to free any trapped food particles. Consider if it may be referred pain from the sinuses. If pain persists, contact a dentist.
  • Broken or Cracked Tooth: Rinse gently with warm salt water. Call a dentist immediately. A cold compress can help to keep swelling down.
  • Missing Tooth: hold the tooth by the crown (the part that you chew with) and gently rinse the root with water if needed. Put the tooth in a glass of milk or Save-a-Tooth solution right away and see a dentist immediately.

Time is of the essence with many dental emergencies–especially if a tooth is knocked out. Plan ahead and you’ll be well-prepared in case something happens to your smile while you’re away from home.

4 Benefits of Showing Your Smile & Laughing More

smileDid you know that smiling and laughing often is actually very good for your health? It’s true! That’s part of the reason why the team at Jordan Dentistry enjoys our work so much. We are not only transforming teeth, but also contributing to our patients’ health!

Take a moment to discover the benefits of smiling and laughing, so that you can improve your quality of life:

  1. Make More Friends – When you smile, people will feel more comfortable approaching you to talk or hang out. Consider the quote, “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” Who knew you could befriend someone with a simple smile?!
  2. Keep You Healthy – When you laugh, you are increasing immune cells and antibodies. These particles fight infection and prevent diseases. So, along with your apple a day, you can laugh and smile all day long to boost your health.
  3. Enhance Your Mood – After having a good belly laugh or smiling more, do you feel happy for a while afterward? That’s because laughter and smiling releases endorphins, which are feel-good hormones! These endorphins negate any negative emotions and allow for positive emotions to flow.
  4. Increase Productivity – When you’re in a good mood, you will likely laugh and smile much more than if you’re upset. This allows you to be more productive and get your work done. Your boss will be happy and so will you!

If you want to smile and laugh more but are insecure about your smile, we can help. We have professional services that can transform your smile. The team at Jordan Dentistry would be honored to serve you! Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Care For Your Teeth While You Sleep

Now that we’re nearing the start of spring, how are your New Year’s dental health resolutions looking? Maybe you fell off the wagon a bit around Valentine’s Day (don’t feel bad, it happens to the best of us) and need a little pick-me-up. If you’re like most people, this is a busy time of year, and it can be hard to squeeze in one more thing. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some easy ways to improve your oral health while you sleep!

First, switch to an electric toothbrush. Not only will you get a better, more thorough clean, you’ll save yourself some energy. With so many models to choose from, consider writing your brand of toothbrush on your grocery list before you go look for replacement heads.

You should always brush and floss before bed. Eight hours is a long time for bacteria to grow and plaque to solidify, so give your mouth a break by cleaning it before you visit dreamland. Make sure you use a good technique–don’t just slap your toothbrush in there and call it a day. Plan to spend at least two minutes brushing, and another minute or so flossing. Focus on the backs of teeth, which can easily get overlooked.

If you find you’re waking up with a dull headache, a sore jaw, or your partner yelling “stop grinding your teeth!” you may well be grinding your teeth. This can lead to all sorts of dental problems, so come see us at Jordan Dentistry and let’s work out some solutions. Regular visits with your dentist are the best thing you can do for your teeth, so call us today!

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Child’s Dental Health

dental healthFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and we bet you’re wondering how to improve your child’s dental health. Don’t be overwhelmed – it’s actually much easier than it sounds!

Consider three simple ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy in 2018:

Implement the 2-2-2 Rule

If your child brushes his teeth for only 30 seconds, his teeth are not getting a good scrub. Teach your kiddo the 2-2-2 rule! Brush and floss your teeth twice a day for two full minutes. (You can set a timer to help him.) And bring your child to Dr. Jordan twice a year for a full cleaning.

Cut Back on Sugary Sweets

Sugary drinks and sweet foods are the main culprits of cavities. When your kiddos eat or drink something sweet, make sure they brush their teeth afterward. This will help eliminate cavities from forming. (Read this informative blog for realistic tips on how to cut back on sugar.)

Teach Your Kids About Dental Health

The more your kids understand the importance of keeping their teeth clean, the more likely they will develop good habits. Talk to them about why a healthy mouth and teeth are important. You can even give them crossword puzzles and coloring pages all about dental hygiene to make learning fun! (This is a great resource if you’re looking for puzzles and coloring sheets.)

After you’ve completed these tips to improve your child’s dental health, make sure you schedule an appointment with Dr. Jordan for a full cleaning. This way, you’re ensuring that hard-to-reach spots in your child’s mouth are getting cleaned. We hope to hear from you soon!