8 Ways to Stop Grinding Your Teeth

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Do you wake up with a headache or sore jaw? Are your teeth sensitive to heat or cold? You may grind your teeth at night.
Here are some tips from us, at Dentistry With a Woman’s Touch, to help with this medical issue, often referred to as bruxism.

  • Reduce Stress-Stress is the main cause of teeth grinding. Here are a few simple ways to help alleviate stress.
    Eliminate the major sources of stress, if possible.
  • Get on a regular sleep pattern.
  • Have fun and enjoy life. Unwind with friends and family.
  • Have a balanced diet.
  • Watch what you eat and drink before you sleep. Often alcohol and caffeine can be triggers of bruxism.
  • Try not to clench your jaw or grit your teeth while you are awake. Try and relax your jaw when you notice you are clenching.
  • Relax before bed. Try different methods, like listening to soothing music, while you are getting ready for or laying in bed. Try not to sleep with the television on.

Grinding your teeth can be a painful way to spend your sleeping hours. Getting relief is possible.
For more information on bruxism, contact our office in Tom’s River, New Jersey or visit the American Dental Association for more information!

A Worm, A Queen and A Barber Pole: Dentistry Throughout the Ages

Egypt pic http-::mrg.bz:Kqh8ITPICT0021_-2_-3_tonemappedMuch of the history of dentistry is pretty intriguing. From the first recorded ‘doctor of the tooth’, Hesy-Re, an Egyptian who lived around 2600 BC; to Aristotle, the famous philosopher, who wrote of an ancient form of braces to straighten teeth; to the father of modern dentistry, Pierre Fauchard, who, in 1728, was the first to apply a jeweler’s enamel over a thin gold plate.
Who would’ve thought that dental history could be so captivating? Wonder what other stories the dental trade has to offer throughout the years?
Here are a few more fun facts from this fascinating history:

  • Queen Elizabeth was known to have discolored teeth. Why? Due to a popular and ancient myth, she believed in something called a ‘dental worm’ that burrowed into teeth and caused sharp pain. To combat this ‘worm” she consumed copious amounts of sugar!
  • The first bristle toothbrush was invented in China during the Tang Dynasty and was made from stiff hogs hair!
  • The Maya Civilization used sea shells to replace teeth and are the earliest known example of dental implants (implants placed into the bone or, in this case, the mandible).
  • From the 5th to the 15th century you could have your dental work done by your barber! ‘Barber-surgeons’ could give you the latest style and pull a few teeth while your hair was drying! This combination profession often performed surgery on the battlefield and in their shops. This the reason barber poles are red and white today!  

These are just a few of the historical facts dentistry has to offer. To learn more about dental history visit the American Dental Association.
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Dental Facts You May be Surprised to Learn: The Fathers of our Nation

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There are a lot of stories about dentistry throughout history. One of the most famous is of our own founding father, George Washington. When we hear stories about our first President, we often hear that his dentures were made of wood. Even in school, teachers would mention this fun information, but is there any truth to it?

Well the answer is yes… and no!  It is most likely that our founding father’s denture base (or artificial gums) were made of wood, very common at the time, but the teeth would have been from a different source: other people’s teeth! Most likely from soldiers who had died in battle.

President Washington wasn’t the only US President to have an interesting relationship with dental work and the dentist. It is rumored that President Abraham Lincoln a great fear of the dentist and elected to extract a tooth on his own! This was a bad idea. He accidentally removed a part of his jaw bone! From that day on he left the dentistry to the experts!

Some Presidents were known for their poor tooth health. John Adams and Woodrow Wilson were two US Presidents that did not pay enough attention to their teeth and this resulted in Adam’s losing all of his teeth and speaking with a pronounced lisp. Wilson’s inaugural picture shocked many when they viewed his horrendous smile!

These are just a few of the historical facts American Presidential dental history has to offer.

Stick around for our next blog on Dentistry Throughout the Ages!

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