Halitosis (Bad Breath Treatment)
Bad breath often strikes when people aren’t properly taking care of their oral health. The odor is usually caused by decaying food particles and bacteria in your mouth. That’s why brushing and flossing your teeth is so important, but don’t forget to gently brush and “scrape” your tongue to get rid of even more bacteria. Ask the staff at Valley Dental about your specific concerns.
- Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal to remove food particle from the mouth.
- When you are brushing your teeth, also brush your tongue. The tongue is covered with thousands of tiny hairs that can trap bacteria.
- Have regular check-ups with your dentist to rule out gum disease and to correct any faulty restorations, overhanging fillings or leaking crowns, all of which can trap food in the mouth.
Night Guard/Splint Therapy
No More Clenching & Grinding! If you are one of the millions of people that clench or grind your teeth together, you may greatly benefit from a night guard or splint. There are many proposed reasons why patients clench and grind, but it is clear that whatever the cause, the destruction that can be caused to the teeth, gums and bone in a person that is clenching or grinding, is very substantial. The process of making the splint is relatively simple. First, we make impressions of your upper and lower teeth. Then at a subsequent visit we will try the splint in, make any adjustments that are necessary and advise you on how often to wear your splint and how to clean it.
Snore Guard is worn during sleep. It uses normal body reflexes to help keep the airway open. The device fits snugly on the upper teeth. When the lower jaw closes, the lower anterior teeth naturally strike the ramp and are induced by natural jaw movement to advance along the ramp moving the lower jaw to a more forward position. An aperture in the device between the upper portion and the lower portion facilitates the passage of air for mouth breathing and attracts the tongue forward. By inducing the lower jaw and tongue to a more forward position, the device induces a more open airway in the user resulting in a significant reduction in snoring. Minor forward movement of the lower jaw, in the range of 2 to 6mm serves to reduce the incidence of snoring.
Sports mouth-guards (also referred to as football protectors, sports mouthpieces, or spelled as two words “mouth guards”) are resilient plastic appliances that have been designed in a fashion where they cover over and encase an athlete’s teeth and the gums and bone that support them. The idea is that when a guard is worn it helps to provide protection for the hard (teeth and jaw) and soft (lips, cheeks, gums) tissues of the mouth by way of absorbing and redistributing the forces generated by traumatic blows.
Disorders of the teeth can contribute to TMJ dysfunction (TMD). Impaired tooth mobility and tooth loss can be caused by destruction of the supporting bone and by heavy forces being placed on teeth. The movement of the teeth affects how they contact one another when the mouth closes, and the overall relationship between the teeth, muscles, and joints can be altered. Headaches, clicking or popping of the jaw, excessive tooth wear, pulpitis (inflammation of the dental pulp), are symptoms that may result from TMJ/TMD. Maybe the most important factor is the way the teeth meet together.
Facial Esthetics have a very influential role in dentistry. It’s usage in dentistry is growing rapidly; studies have shown patients who received facial esthetic injections experienced significant improvement in pain, function, ability to open their mouth and levels of tenderness to palpation. The most common forms of facial esthetics are Botox and Dermal Fillers.
Botox is an FDA approved purified protein which is injected into targeted muscles and temporarily blocks nerve signals that cause muscle movements, essentially relaxing the muscle. This reduces or eliminates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dermal Fillers are smooth injectable gels made from naturally occurring hyaluronic acid. Dermal fillers add volume to areas that have lost their collagen structures, essentially restoring your face to a more natural and youthful appearance.
While facial esthetics can treat cosmetic concerns, it can also assist in treatment of the below issues:
- Migraines – a common type of headache that may have a variety of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound. In many people, a throbbing pain is isolated to one side of the head. Some patients suffering from migraines have warning symptoms, known as auras, before the actual headache begins.
- Trigger Points – defined as hyper-irritable points in the skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fiber. Myalgia trigger points will have no referral of pain, meaning the site and source of pain are the same. Myofascial pain will have a pain referral to another location, the site and source of pain are different. Trigger points occur at various sites in the head and neck.
- TMJ – TMJ, TMD, and Myofascial pain refer to different pathologies affecting the masticatory muscles, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and related facial structures. TMJ pain is often the result of issues with the joint and/or surrounding muscles including, but not limited to, grinding/clenching of teeth, stress in facial muscles, dislocation of the disc, arthritis or trauma to the jaw.
- Bruxism – a dental condition in which a person grinds or clenches their teeth together. Often a person suffering from bruxism is unaware as they may unconsciously clench their teeth together during the day or grind them at night, which is called sleep bruxism. In some cases, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other head and neck problems.