Preventive dentistry is dental care that helps maintain good oral health. It’s a combination of regular dental check-ups, along with developing good habits like brushing and flossing. Taking care of your teeth starts early in childhood and extends throughout the course of your life.
Bruxism is a chronic condition characterized by grinding or clenching of the teeth. Bruxism usually occurs during sleep but can also occur during waking hours. A number of serious conditions can arise from bruxism, including broken teeth, loss of enamel, receding gums, neck pain, jaw pain, headaches, and temporomandibular joint disorders. We discourage stock/non- custom Nightguards, because they are not specifically designed for the patient and may exacerbate the condition.
To prevent these complications, it is important to correctly identify and treat bruxism. There are tell-tale signs of these conditions in the mouth that a professional dental healthcare provider can identify. Patients are often unaware that they are clenching and grinding their teeth during their sleep. Fortunately, many people with these conditions are able to find relief and successfully treat and manage bruxism using a custom nightguard.
Preventive dentistry services may include:
- Regular oral exams, usually every 6 months
- Teeth cleaning
- Routine X-rays