Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a repetitive jaw-muscle activity that involves clenching or grinding of the teeth or thrusting of the jaw. This can happen while awake or during sleep.

Signs and symptoms of teeth grinding

You might be experiencing teeth grinding if you notice some or all of the following signs:

• Worn down, shorter teeth

• Chipped and cracked teeth, fillings or crowns

• Pain and tenderness in the facial and neck muscles in the morning

• Grinding noises – a bed partner may notice, but your partner may not hear anything if they are in deep sleep, and it may not happen every night.


Some effective management options for teeth grinding and clenching may include:

• Protecting the teeth and any fillings or crowns. This is best done by using a custom made splint (a type of mouth guard). Hard splints are better than soft ones. Do not use a ready-made splint without consulting your dental practitioner. Poorly fitted splints can cause further damage if the wear is due to tooth erosion. Splints that do not cover all the teeth may lead to unwanted tooth movement.

• Restoring the damaged teeth with fillings or crowns (when necessary, see above).

• Seeing a physiotherapist who has knowledge in treatment of this issue.

The following may help with muscle tenderness or aching:

• Using warm heat packs over the tender muscles

• Trying to eat softer foods and limiting jaw movements where possible

• Using over-the-counter pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications as

directed, for short periods of time.

Studies on the use of Botox injections into some of the jaw muscles are being conducted.

Helpful tips to prevent Teeth grinding

. Stop smoking and drinking coffee or alcohol at night

. Limit physical or mental activity before going to bed, and make sure you have a relaxing sleep environment

. Try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga

. Address excessive psychological stress, anxiety or depression as these may aggravate your teeth grinding

.Visit your dental practitioner regularly

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From the team at South Yarra Family Dental Care we hope you all have Safe and Happy Easter .

Quick Trivia

 *   Teeth start to form before you are born – the first stage begins in the fetus at about six weeks of age. However, they do not come through until the child is between 6-10 months old.
  *   If you are right-handed, you will typically chew your food on your right side. If you are left-handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
  *   Nearly half the surface area of your teeth is between them; this means if you do not floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces.
  *   Humans are omnivores – we have four different types of teeth (incisors, canine, premolars, and molars) to bite, tear and grind our food.
  *   Humans only have two sets of teeth in their entire lifetime – milk teeth and permanent teeth.
  *   An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime.
  *   Prior to the invention of modern fluoride toothpastes in 1914, Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder, or iron rust as toothpaste.
  *   The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs with a frayed end.
  *   Just as unique as fingerprints – no two people have the same set of teeth.
  *   The first commercial floss was manufactured in 1882.

How often should you replace your toothbrush?

You need to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

Bristles that become frayed and worn are less effective in cleaning your teeth.

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Can teeth have an impact on our personality?

While the question seems wildly bizarre, the answer to it is a yes!!!
Several noteworthy research studies have shown that, that the human smile is the first noticed thing while meeting strangers. Not only does a beautiful radiant smile form an everlasting impression on the people we meet but also aids in boosting our own self-confidence.

Recent evidence throws light on the phenomenon that, teeth form a ”dental identity” of an individual. The shape of teeth such as the canines mirror the various personality shades of that individual. In addition, our daily activities also have a long-lasting impact on our teeth. The most commonly examined phenomena of teeth grinding is indicative of a stress or anxiety inducing stimuli in an individual’s life. A visit of the dentist can help recognise these habits eventually leading to early treatment. If left untreated this habitual trait, can often trigger chronic complications in the TMJ.
The colour of our teeth also plays a critical role in our dental identity. Well maintained teeth often portray confidence, successfulness, and employability. The intake of beverages such as coffee and red wines cause extrinsic staining on the teeth surface. The dentist can recommend oral hygiene instructions to avoid these stains. Prolonged stains can be treated to a certain extent by dental procedure known as bleaching as well.

Thus, the key to a beautiful smile, portraying a radiant and positive personality lies in healthy oral health which can be achieved by periodic visits to your dentist.

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Looking after your mouthguard

Follow these tips to help guarantee the longevity of your mouthguard:

  *   Rinse your mouthguard in warm soap water after each use.
  *   Never wash your mouthguard using hot water as it can alter the shape of your mouthguard, resulting in a poor fit.
  *   After washing your mouthguard allow it to air-dry completely before storing it away.
  *   Store your mouthguard in a well-ventilated plastic storage box when not in use.
  *   Disinfect the mouthguard from time to time with an antiseptic mouthwash.
  *   Never leave your mouthguard in direct sunlight or in hot steamy places. Heat can damage and alter the shape of a mouthguard.
  *   Bring your mouthguard along to your dental check-up appointments, this allows your dentist to inspect the fitting and condition of your mouthguard.
  *   Replace damaged or worn out mouthguards.

First Dental Visit: Expectation vs Reality!!!

Making a first appointment to the dentist is an achievement and one should be proud for accomplishing that task itself. Accepting the fact that, the key to a healthy life lies in sound and periodic dental health is primary. The first dental visit is usually of a short duration involving a comprehensive dental check-up. The dentist would examine all the hard and soft tissues present in the oral cavity and inform the patient about the status of their oral health. In addition, the dentist would take some x-rays to examine the in between surfaces to the teeth that are not visible to the naked eye.  Making appointments with the dentist for kids from an early age gives them an opportunity to be familiar with the dentist and the dental surroundings as well.
Thus, periodic dental check-ups are extremely beneficial in diagnosis and treatment of common dental problems thereby avoiding complex and expensive dental treatments in the later stages.

Happy Australia Day

Today we celebrate the story of an extraordinary nation. The story dated back to about 60,000 years. We at South Yarra Family Dental Care pride in our country’s rich heritage as we play our parts in that story. Here’s a Happy Australia Day to all our patients.United together and always.