Are You Wearing Your Teeth Out While You Sleep? Lake City Dentist Chews Over The Thought

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A large percentage of people grind or clench their teeth at night. This activity is known as bruxism. When you sleep, you loose the sensation that you are clenching or grinding too hard and you can produce an estimated 3-10 times the normal chewing force on your teeth. Symptoms of Bruxism include sensitive, worn, fractured or loose teeth. They also include headaches, jaw pain, neckaches, jaw tenderness, and earaches. Left unchecked, bruxism can wear the enamel completely off your teeth, lead to fractured teeth and loss of teeth.                                                                                                                              Bruxism can be treated by wearing a bite guard appliance at night. This protects the teeth and relaxes the jaw muscles. Your dentist can easily make the appliance for you.


 Examples of tooth destruction from bruxism






Is Soda Pop Destroying Your Enamel? Lake City Dentist Weighs In

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  The consumption of soda pop in our country has increased drastically. Teens now drink twice as much soda as milk. Soda is one of the most significant dietary factors in causing tooth decay. The high acidity of soda causes the enamel of one's teeth to dissolve. Regular soda also contains about a teaspoon of sugar per ounce (10-12 tsp in a twelve ounce can), which further feeds bacteria in your mouth in a process that causes the erosive acid. Even diet soda is highly acidic.  

 The worst problems are found among patients who sip soda all day. This basically bathes the teeth in acid all day long. If you're going to drink soda, it's best to limit yourself to no more than two  servings per day and to rinse with water immediately after. Don't sip for extended periods. The best drink for your teeth is water, or milk. Replacing soda with sports drinks is not a good idea as they also have significant acidity.               



There are other detrimental health effects of excess soda consumption. Soda has been linked to osteoporosis and chronic kidney disease. This Lake City Dentist recommends limiting or eliminating your soda intake for your teeth...and health.