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Cypress, TX 77433

Is your mouth stressed out?

Cypress TX DDSStress is all around us. Kids and teens are under pressure from peers, studies, sports, fashion, and the latest gadget must-have’s. Adults must deal with those kids and their problems along with jobs, finances, relatives, spouses. Even the daily commute can leave you stressed to the max. And when you arrive home, more stress-inducing issues can be waiting. And very often, these stressors are manifested through oral problems like jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Thankfully, your dentist can help.

When we experience stress, we might subconsciously start grinding teeth during periods of sleep. This can become a habit leading to daytime grinding and clenching. And what is happening to your mouth while this is going on? Dental enamel wears down. Teeth are weakening leading to the potential for breaks. And while jaw clenching is not singularly responsible for the development of TMJ, is might be a factor.

So what can be done? Obviously getting rid of the stress would be helpful. But while that would be ideal, there might be a more immediate, practical solution. Stress relief during sleep is often achievable with a custom-fitted mouth guard. Your dentist will be able to fit you with a night guard that will relieve nighttime grinding, also known as bruxism.

The night guard works by preventing teeth from grinding against each other. Your dentist might recommend a night guard to be worn on both upper and lower teeth, but very often only one arch may be needed.

There are many different materials suitable for your night guard. Your dentist is ideally suited to make recommendations depending on your specific needs.

Great importance must be placed on customization. The one size fits all night guard that can be purchased at the drug store, grocery store, or online may be so ill-fitting it will not work or can make matters worse.

After a consultation with our dentist, you will get dental impressions made, a night guard fabricated to your specific needs and you will be advised on how to care for it.

Wearing a night guard may take a little adjusting. Helpful hints include eliminating caffeine and alcohol for several hours before bed so you will retire without any additional stimulants. Relaxation is important so turn off the TV and computer and focus on getting a good nights sleep.

To discuss your personal options to care for your mouth, contact the office of Lori Logan today!

Why do I have a dark spot on my tooth?

dentist Cypress TXTooth discoloration or spots on teeth can occur for a multitude of reasons. Some spots are more of a cosmetic concern than one attributed to a serious problem and a visit to your dentist will bring peace of mind and possible solutions.

Some of the more common causes that can result in a spot on teeth include:

Decay – That small dark spot might be the early sign of a cavity. Unlike years ago when decay was treated with silver amalgam, a cavity anywhere on your tooth today will be filled with a tooth colored composite resin that makes the dental repair virtually impossible to detect.

Tobacco Use – Smoking cigarettes, cigars or using some type of tobacco chew does not only do great damage to the body, but teeth and gums suffer as well. This is a cosmetic issue, of course, but more importantly the tobacco user is doing damage that may result in tooth loss and a lifetime of dental problems unparalleled with non-users.

Diet – The foods we eat and beverages we drink can produce tooth discoloration. Daily coffee and tea consumption can discolor dental enamel. There are many foods than can impact teeth; but daily brushing and flossing can offset or greatly reduce the stain. Regular visits to your dentist can remove the stain you may not have reached with daily maintenance from diet related tooth discoloration.

Fluorosis – People that consume fluoride from water and food do not generally require a supplement taken in the form of a vitamin. Over-fluoridation can produce tooth discoloration that forms within the tooth. Some type of cosmetic repair like bonding is a simple solution for this type of staining.

Drugs – There are medications we take to make our bodies healthy; but some might have an adverse effect on dental enamel.

Another lesser known problem includes leaky amalgam fillings. Your dentist may need to replace older fillings, or if the tooth has become compromised, a dental crown may be needed to save the tooth.

For benign cosmetic issues, your dentist may suggest dental bonding. For more extensive discoloration, porcelain veneers are a minimally invasive cosmetic restoration that can repair one or several teeth suffering from spots or stain.

Daily brushing and flossing coupled with regular dental visits will provide the tools needed to keep teeth healthy and looking their best. Call our team today to discern what your dark spot means.