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How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth

Brunette man clenching his teeth struggles with chronic teeth grinding, or bruxism

Chronic teeth grinding and teeth clenching, or bruxism, can occur for a variety of reasons. For example, stress and anxiety are common contributing factors. Effects of teeth grinding include jaw pain, headaches, damaged teeth, and an increased risk of discoloration, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

Not all hope is lost, however — there are simple ways that you can combat teeth grinding and save your teeth.

1. Cut Back on Caffeine

Caffeine can make some patients more anxious or resistant to healthy sleep, so if you consume a lot of caffeine, try to curb your consumption to help ease your teeth grinding and improve your sleep quality. Whenever possible, drink water instead. ...

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How to Protect Yourself From COVID-19

Closeup of someone washing their hands for twenty seconds to protect themselves from coronavirus

We all want to protect ourselves and our families from COVID-19. While nothing is guaranteed to prevent infection, there are some simple precautions you can take to reduce your risk of being infected and prevent the virus from spreading in our Fredericksburg community.

Wash Your Hands

Scrubbing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the best ways to remove and destroy virus particles that may have attached themselves to your hands. You can sing “Happy Birthday” twice while washing your hands to ensure that you are washing them long enough to kill all of the viruses that may be present. You should also make sure ...

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Coronavirus Resources

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It’s not always easy to know where you can turn to find credible information about COVID-19, which is why we have put together a list of online resources that you and your family can use to stay up-to-date on COVID-19. Staying informed is essential during this time, so we recommend visiting these websites for new information frequently.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC has information that covers just about any topic related to COVID-19, and a wealth of knowledge on avoiding COVID-19 and what to do if you think you have the virus. They also have updated information about activities like visiting beaches and pools and traveling ...

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Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

Brunette woman cringes in pain and touches her cheek due to tooth sensitivity

Do your teeth feel sensitive when you sip a hot coffee or when you have a bite of ice cream? If so, you could be suffering from tooth sensitivity. But what does that mean and is tooth sensitivity a sign of something worse?

What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

First, let’s discuss what tooth sensitivity is. Tooth sensitivity is a painful sensation that occurs when you consume certain foods or drinks (like those that are very hot or very cold) because your tooth’s dentin or cementum is exposed. Dentin is the layer underneath your tooth’s enamel, the hard shell that covers and protects your teeth, and cementum is the material that protects the roots ...

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The Importance of Modern Dental Technology

Dentist looks at panoramic dental X-ray

Today we are fortunate to experience modern dentistry that makes our mouths healthier and more beautiful. Technology has helped take what was once a crude practice of brushing teeth with crushed up bones and using animal teeth to construct dentures to complex procedures that include realistic-looking biocompatible dental implants, professionally teeth whitening, and virtually painless root canal therapy. Here, we’ll explain some of the amazing modern dental technology that we have to improve your dental experience here at North River Dental Care

Our Laser Scanner Detects Cavities Early

At North River Dental Care, we have a laser scanner that helps us detect cavities at the very early stages. This allows us to fix ...

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How Does Aging Affect Your Teeth?

Aging husband and wife with graying hair smile as the husband gives his wife a piggy back ride on the beach

It’s a fact of life that with aging there comes changes to your body, and your teeth are no exception to that rule. While everyone’s situation is unique, there are a couple common changes to your teeth you can expect as you get older.

Changes in Enamel

It shouldn’t be surprising that a lifetime of wear and tear can leave some effects on your teeth. All that biting and chewing and grinding you do over the years can wear down your enamel, the outer layer of ...

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Sugar Alternatives for Healthier Teeth

Closeup of a small sifter with a white powdery sugar substitute for baking

The holidays are filled with family, friends, joy, and food. Chances are that many of your favorite foods of the holiday season have been filled with sugar. For our team at North River Dental Care, these sugar-laden foods can be worrisome, as sugar is the major contributor to tooth decay. We recommend eating sugar only in moderation, but that ideal seems much harder to adhere to during the holiday season. As this year turns into the next, consider keeping the sweetness you crave in your favorite treats by incorporating the following sugar ...

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What Causes Dry Mouth?

Dry desert landscape with tan sand and a vivid orange and yellow sunset, reminiscent of dry mouth

Does your mouth feel like a desert? Saliva plays an important role in digestion, your ability to taste, and protecting your teeth against harmful bacteria left behind by food particles. A decrease in your saliva production is not only a nuisance, but it can negatively impact your oral health. Here, we’ll discuss some of the most common causes of dry mouth and a few best practices to correct it.

1. Medicinal Side Effects

Medications used to treat a variety of health issues can cause dry mouth. These medications are not ...

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Tips for Eating & Drinking After Oral Surgery

If you undergo dental surgery, it is important to diligently follow your post-operative instructions to promote a smooth, healthy recovery and to avoid painful complications. Of course, follow any instructions from your doctor about what you should or should not eat and drink, but Dr. Bailey and our team have also put together the following list of tips to aid your recovery!

1. Stick to Soft Foods

At first, you’ll need to only eat softer foods. We recommend Greek yogurt (less added sugar than regular yogurt), smoothies, pureed soups (like tomato soup or this yummy black bean soup from Our Best Bites), mashed bananas, and mashed veggies (like mashed sweet potatoes). ...

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Dental Fads You Should Avoid

Every once in a while, a popular fad will come along that seems to sweep up everyone in its path. Whether it be clothing, home decor, language, lifestyle, diet, or personal care, after gaining a few years perspective, we’re often left wondering what in the world we were thinking. Today, our team at North River Dental Care wants to go over a few dental fads we recommend avoiding to protect your oral health!

Oil Pulling

Proponents of oil pulling assert that swishing oil (often coconut oil) in your mouth for twenty to thirty minutes can increase energy, rid the body of toxins, freshen your breath, whiten your teeth, and help draw plaque and tartar ...

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