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I Grind My Teeth in My Sleep and It’s Causing Pain or Cracking to My Teeth

Published September 27, 2019

          A large number of people that grind or clench their teeth together while they sleep don’t think it is a serious enough problem to have dealt with. They might even contribute their symptoms to other problems they are having but this grinding or clenching of the teeth, known as bruxism, is a problem in of itself. This is something that can and should be treated early to prevent any major damage. 

One problem that can most commonly occur from bruxism is fractured and broken teeth. The added pressure from grinding and biting hard on your teeth, if not treated quickly, can lead to cracking, chipping, or breaking of the teeth. Although these may at first seem like they are just cosmetic things, these cracks and broken teeth are more likely to become infected and decay faster because the tooth may be worn down past the enamel. Another problem that can be caused by grinding and clenching teeth in one’s sleep is the soreness of the jaw muscles. This can actually lead to jaw misalignment and a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). This can cause severe headaches and migraines. 

So how can you prevent these things from happening? Consider getting an occlusal guard. What is an occlusal guard? An occlusal guard or sometimes called a night guard is a small guard, kind of like a sports mouth guard, only made from thinner and smoother plastic. These guards are custom-fit to each person’s teeth for maximum comfort and effectiveness. Most people who use them have even noticed that they experience less jaw pain or headaches after starting using the occlusal guard. If you deal with grinding or clenching of your teeth at night, do something about it to improve the quality and health of your teeth and even quality of life. 

Dental Hygiene When You Are Pregnant

Published September 20, 2019

             I have never been pregnant personally, and hopefully will never have to be since I’m a man, but I can only imagine that having a baby on the way and a world of changes happening with your body might cause your normal oral hygiene routine to take a back seat. However, if you don’t continue maintaining a good routine during and after pregnancy, there can be long-lasting effects on you and your baby. 

Some people have the misconception that a pregnant woman cannot go to the dentist because the X-rays or other treatments in the office could harm the baby. This is just simply not the case. At the very least, continue your regular dental visits and if possible, before getting pregnant or right after becoming pregnant, talk with your dentist about setting up a plan to help maintain your oral health throughout your pregnancy. A good tip might be to try and plan a dental cleaning in or before your second trimester, as after this leaning back in a dental chair after this could become more and more uncomfortable. 

One of the most common dental issues among expecting mothers is gingivitis. Gingivitis can be identified by sore, red and bleeding gum tissue around the teeth. When a woman is pregnant, her body produces higher levels of progesterone, a hormone that creates more acid in the mouth. This is the reason why, if left untreated, gingivitis can become more serious and cause a major threat to your oral health. But even worse than this, the increased amount of acid in the mouth can travel to the baby leading to a higher possibility of premature birth and low birth weight. 

Drinking large amounts of water is a good help because it will prevent dry mouth as well as trying to maintain a low sugar diet. For more tips and information about the subject please visit:

 https://blog.1stfamilydental.com/pregnancy-breastfeeding-and-mothers-dental-health/

I Love Drinking Coffee But Coffee Does Not Love My Teeth!

Published September 13, 2019

         If you are like 64 percent of Americans, you drink coffee daily. And you probably don’t drink just one cup but we won’t get too much into that in today’s blog. The reason for today’s post is to see what you can do to help keep your teeth clean and still enjoy that cup of Joe. What I really want to say is stop drinking coffee but that just might not be feasible for you. 

First off, make sure you are getting your regular six-month cleanings with your dentist office. Also, make sure you maintain a good at-home oral hygiene routine. One thing you might try at home is brushing with baking soda twice a month to improve whiteness or perhaps consider using whitening strips or whitening toothpaste. However, ONLY use whitening products approved by the ADA (American Dental Association). You also  might consider switching to an electric toothbrush rather than a manual brush for the extra cleaning action

TIP: See our previous blog about more information on how to properly brush your teeth. 

What else can you do to slow the effects of coffee on your teeth? If you can help it, avoid using large amounts of creamer and sugar as this just speed up the yellowing of your teeth. You should also avoid sipping on your coffee all day as this will help prevent bacteria buildup. Just chug it! Additionally, drinking a glass of water after coffee can help rinse your mouth and your teeth. Of course, an obvious fix to the problem might be as simple as cutting back on how much coffee you are drinking. Some doctors recommend drinking your coffee through a straw. This can keep the drink from coming in contact with the teeth and prevent any unwanted staining of the teeth.

So whatever tips and tricks you decide to use just make sure that you are focusing on keeping up a good at-home oral hygiene routine and that you are getting those professional dental cleanings on a regular basis. 

I Hate Going To The Dentist (I Mean I Have Anxiety About Getting Treatment)

Published September 6, 2019

     Yeah, me too. I’m pretty sure none of us are just DYING to go to the dentist, but it’s a necessary evil in life if you want to have nice teeth and a nice smile. So if we have to go to the dentist then why not make the experience as comfortable and easy as possible. That’s where Moderate Conscious Sedation (IV Sedation) comes in handy. So let’s discuss what it is, what it isn’t, and if it might be the best way for you to get your dental treatment done with your next visit.

So first, IV sedation is a quick and effective way of getting you relaxed and comfortable. It’s the most commonly used in our office when dealing with wisdom teeth removal and other tooth extractions, but it can be used in other procedures such as receiving dental implants. Many of our patients who have had procedures with IV Sedation have commented on how it was the best experience they had ever had at a dental office. Others tell us that their appointment went “much smoother” than they had thought it would have.

Second, what is IV Sedation NOT? Well, many people have the misconception that IV Sedation is meant to pull you “completely out” while this is simply not the case. The name Moderate Conscious Sedation implies two things. One, the sedation is moderate or mild. And two, the patient is conscious. However, it is totally common for a patient to fall asleep on their own as if they were taking a nap. One thing that a huge bonus is that patients do not remember the smells, noises, or sights of the dental office with moderate sedation. To me, that sounds like EXACTLY how I want my dental treatment done. 

So is IV Sedation the right choice with you? Feel free to discuss that with us at your next visit.

Do You Know How to Brush Your Teeth? (Yes, You Read That Right!)

Published August 30, 2019

      “Of course I do!” you are probably saying to yourself. “I’ve only been brushing my teeth every day of my life since my mommy first taught me how to do so since I was 2 years old Carabelli Blog! Why would you ask such an obvious question?” Well, it’s actually because you probably aren’t getting the maximum efficiency out of brushing because of two MAJOR factors: Your Toothpaste and Toothbrush. 

That’s right, you might not be getting the best results from brushing your teeth just because you are using the wrong toothbrush or toothpaste. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that you brush 2 times a day using a soft-bristled brush. Make sure that the size and shape of your toothbrush fit your mouth so that you are able to reach the entirety of your mouth. Replacing your toothbrush every three to four months is also very important because a brush with frayed bristles will not do a good job of keeping your teeth clean. But that’s only half of the fix. Now, what kind of toothpaste are you using and are you using it correctly? Below will be a list of ADA-accepted kinds of toothpaste, as well some approved mouth rinses and toothbrushes if you are interested in that. 

But what also might be contributing to you not getting the maximum efficiency from your toothpaste might be that you are wasting the toothpaste itself. While you do need to brush for 2 minutes and spit out any extra toothpaste, you should NOT rinse with water or an oral rinse afterward. The toothpaste will contribute to better breath and give much-needed vitamins to the teeth. Rinsing it off immediately is in essence, wasting the toothpaste. Imagine if you put lotion on your hands and 2 minutes later washed your hands. You would miss out on the full purpose of the lotion. The same can be said about your toothpaste. 

For more information about how to properly brush your teeth and what products you should be using, please visit the following link:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth#targetText=For%20a%20healthy%20mouth%20and,if%20the%20bristles%20are%20frayed.

 

How To Care For Dental Implants At Home?

Published August 23, 2019

        Dental implants are becoming more and more common in modern dentistry among adults to replace missing teeth. One study suggests that about 1 in every 100 Americans have dental implants. Keeping these implants clean is integral in keeping the implants themselves. If implants are met with destructive bacteria or plague, tissues around the implants can become infected thus causing the implants to fail. Your hygienist will also play a huge part in keeping these implants, using special tools to give you teeth and implants a thorough cleaning while also avoiding damaging the implants. 

But what can you do to assure that your dental implants are well cared for the other 363 days of the year when you don’t have a dental cleaning scheduled? The following tips will help you to maintain a healthy implant.

  • Clean at least twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush
  • Use a low-abrasive toothpaste
  • Brush under and around the implant crown
  • Use a nylon coated interdental brush to clean hard-to-reach places
  • Floss daily with unwaxed tape or implant-specific floss
  • Use a recommended oral irrigator

Our dental assistant Diana recently attended an ICOI dental conference in New York City and they told her some interesting facts about the proper way to floss your dental implants. “It’s recommended to wrap the tooth and form an ‘X’ with the floss on the front area of the tooth. Move the floss side to side in a half circular motions to remove any accumulations from the implant area, therefore keeping it as clean as possible.” 

For more information about taking care of your dental implants, please visit the following link.   

https://www.rdhmag.com/patient-care/implant-maintenance/article/16406329/focus-on-implant-home-care 

 

The Importance of Baby Teeth & Happy Shark Week

Published August 2, 2019

                Happy shark week everyone! Let me quickly explain the reason behind the topic for this week. Other than me simply wanting to nerd out and give a bunch of shark teeth facts, we want to talk to you about the importance of your child’s baby teeth.

One thing people immediately think of when they think of sharks is that they are regularly losing teeth… by the hundreds in some cases! In fact, some sharks will go through an average of 30,000 teeth in their lifetime! Depending on the species of shark, they can have anywhere from 5 to 15 rows of teeth consisting of hundreds of teeth. When a shark loses a tooth, it can be replaced by another one in as short as 24 to 48 hours! These teeth definitely do not have the time to develop cavities like our teeth do, seeing as when one gets old or worn out it is simply replaced.

So that leads to the question, if sharks can just replace teeth seemingly at will, why can’t humans? After all, it would cut out the need for dentist entirely if whenever you had a bad tooth, you could simply grow a new one! The answer is actually very interesting. Sharks have exoskeletons and unlike most fish, their exoskeletons don’t have bones. Their face and nose areas are made up of a tough cartilage. This allows for the shark to reach faster speeds while swimming and catch prey. However, this also means that there are no bones for their teeth to grow on and therefore become permanent.

Humans on the other hand have bones in their faces, allowing teeth to become permanent. So then, why do we need baby teeth in the first place? Well these baby teeth actually serve a few purposes. The first few are very straightforward and obvious, such as allowing the child to chew food, speak, and smile. But a lesser known purpose of baby teeth is that they serve as place holders in the mouth and jaw of the child while they grow and wait for their permanent teeth to grow in. When baby teeth are lost too early or stay in too long, this can affect where and how the adult teeth will grow in. For example, if a baby tooth is lost too early, the adult tooth may shift into the open spaces, thus making it difficult for other teeth to line up properly. This is why it is so important to start young when providing good oral care for your children. It can mean the difference between good or bad long term health of your children’s teeth and could keep them smiling for years to come.

For more information on how to better take care of your child’s oral health visit the link below. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/childrens-dental-health

 

Why Oral Piercings Are Dangerous

Published August 9, 2019

               Many teens and young adults find oral piercing very trendy and cool. They may view it as a form of body art and self-expression, but are these things really harmless fun? What are the dangers of tongue and lip piercings?

An oral piercing can pose a potential threat to your overall oral health. These piercings can lead to many different complications such as swelling, or bleeding of the tongue or lips, infections, chipped or damaged teeth, or blocking of the airway. Sometimes these devices can even become stuck and require surgical removal. Piercings such as these may also lead to nerve damage. Some people will even have allergic reactions to the metals used in piercings leading to even further health risks and complications. A piercing might even prevent your dentist from being about to do x-rays of your teeth. Other potential dangers include

  • Gum recession: Your gums may shrink or recede from the spot your jewelry comes in contact with them.
  • Tooth scrambling: Without healthy gums, the jawbone itself can be exposed to infection and erosion. When this happens the teeth loosen and change position.
  • Gum erosion: This is caused when your jewelry rubs against the gums.
  • Tooth loss: This is the final outcome of gum loss and decay.

 “The ADA (American Dental Association) advises against the practices of cosmetic intraoral/perioral piercing and tongue splitting, and views these as invasive procedures with negative health sequelae (a condition which is the consequence of a previous disease or injury) that outweigh any potential benefit.” In one case, a woman who suffered a serious infection four days after receiving a tongue piercing needed surgical intervention to remove the piercing and reduce the swelling in the floor of the mouth. 

For more information on the subject and a resource for this blog please visit:  

https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/oral-piercing

 

How Did We Get the Name “Carabelli Dental”?

Published August 16, 2019

             So a lot of people assume that we are called Carabelli Dental because the dentist’s name is “Carabelli.” But if you have been in the office, you noticed quickly that we in fact don’t have a “Dr. Carabelli.” So then where does that name come from and why did we decide to be called that? 

First off, there actually was a Dr. Carabelli; a couple of hundred years ago. His name was Georg Carabelli, a prominent Hungarian dentist and professor of dental surgery in Vienna. He lived from 1787 to 1842. He is credited with being the first to describe the “cusp of carabelli.” This is a tubercle located usually in the middle of the upper first morals. This is often a hereditary feature. It is most common among Europeans, occurring in anywhere from 75 to 85% of individuals and rarest in Pacific Islanders, occurring in 35 to 45% of individuals.

In addition to his discovery of the cusp of carabelli, Georg Carabelli is often overlooked for his remarkable dedication to mentoring. So no, there is no Dr. Carabelli in the office but Dr. Usher and Dr. Ahghar are more than enough help when it comes to any dental work you might need to be done. Originally we were actually considering naming the practice “Tooth Town” but the doctors thought people might think we were saving teeth for a mock-up town we were building in our spare time. We went with Carabelli Dental instead. 

For a more detailed article about the cusp of carabelli that was actually dedicated to our Doctors, feel free to read the following article:

 

https://files.constantcontact.com/a45ebb18701/1e3082ce-3b40-4591-8e57-eccbe95a1933.pdf

 

Oral Irrigation Devices

Published July 26, 2019

                What is an oral irrigation device? An oral irrigation device is an at-home dental tool that can be used in the convenience of your own home. Its purpose is to remove plaque and food that remains in between teeth or under the gums. Pressurized water cleans those hard to reach areas to ensure that all food debris and accumulated bacteria are disrupted and removed. 

Sometimes called a “dental water jet”, “dental water toothpick”, or a “water flosser”; the most common and well-known brand is Waterpik. Many studies have been done in recent years regarding the effectiveness of such devices. One such study done at the University of Southern California found that just one treatment with an oral irrigation device was capable of removing 99.9% of plaque biofilm from the mouth.

For people with braces, an oral irrigator is a “must-have” device because it makes flossing so much easier! It can also be a huge help for individuals who suffer from arthritis or other losses of mobility in their hands. Oral irrigators are a great way to stay healthy and have less bleeding and inflammation of the gums. 

Our very own Dr. Ahghar’s father says that he feels great after using his oral irrigation device. After two months of using it, our hygienist Ana saw him for a cleaning and she said, “His mouth has never been so clean! There was much less bleeding and inflammation after he started using an oral irrigator. I am so impressed!” If you want your hygienist to give you a good report at your next cleaning appointment perhaps an oral irrigator is a good addition to your oral health routine. 

Join us in keeping mouths healthy. Take a look at the many brands and types of oral irrigators available to you on the market and choose the one that best fits your needs!