Health

Why is dental health important?

What you don't know - and don't attend to - can hurt you in the long run. Ignoring early warning signs can lead to damaged teeth, the need for surgery on the jaw, gum disease and tooth loss. At the Eubank Dental Practice we believe everyone should have a comprehensive bite analysis by age 40. This will determine if your bite and the way you chew is causing damage that may cause you to loose your teeth or require expensive and extensive treatment in the future. Most of the time, future damage can be prevented if the damage is detected at the beginning stages and addressed in the proper manner.

As we live longer, keeping our teeth becomes an important part of our overall health. The best way to prepare for the future is to take care of your oral health today.

Dentistry has become more important as we continue to learn about the role our teeth play. Research has indicated that cardiovascular health and other diseases may be linked to poor oral health. Long-term oral health can play a significant role in improved quality of life in later years.

Many people notice wear or chipping on their teeth, and don't know what to do about it. Others wake up every morning with a tight, sore jaw - they don't realize that this is a warning sign of future damage, and that this condition can be fixed. These patients need a dentist that understands how to properly address these issues.

What can I do to improve my dental health?

As with most facets of life today, the old, tested advice we've all heard before is still the best way to go: eat a balanced diet, brush and floss your teeth daily, avoid sweets, and see your dentist regularly. What you may not know is that there are several major preventable causes of tooth decay and loss: sugar, poor oral hygiene and grinding or clenching your teeth, known as bruxism.

Bruxism

Bruxism is the least understood of all these factors. Sleep studies have shown that everyone grinds or clenches their teeth at some point in their lives, but most of us are never aware of it. We may do it temporarily when we are under excessive stress. We may do it while we sleep. Your jaw muscles can generate up to 600 pounds of pressure on your teeth. If you have any of the following warning signs, you may have an improper bite, even though it feels natural to you.

  • Headaches, tightening of the jaw, TMJ, clicking and popping of the joint, and other forms of chronic pain, including sensitive teeth;
  • Destruction of existing dental work, including fillings and crowns, which can lead to further tooth decay and the need for new crowns, veneers and even implants;
  • Damage to existing teeth and further advancement of gum disease;

Many times, bruxism is the result of an improper bite. If dental work is done without creating the proper bite, bruxism may result.

Whether caused by stress or some other factor, bruxism can be eliminated or managed. There are two primary methods for eliminating this destructive habit - balancing the bite and wearing an appliance that prevents grinding at night.

The patented E-appliance, when worn regularly, will eliminate damage to the teeth caused by bruxism that occurs during sleep, and can eliminate the pain associated with it. A thin, easy-to-wear device, this revolutionary appliance will allow you to keep natural teeth longer and maintain a healthier smile while protecting dentistry already in place.

Bite balancing, a simple procedure done in the office, is a method for achieving a good, balanced fit between your teeth. After this procedure has been performed, the tendency to grind or clench your teeth may be eliminated altogether.

What will the Eubank Dental Practice do to improve my dental health?

When it comes time to consult with a dentist about fixing problems or improving your smile, make sure you visit a practitioner who is well versed in occlusion - how the teeth fit together. Ask your dentist to explain how the work she does will improve your appearance and provide proper function - the right fit that creates a long-lasting, comfortable smile.

For more information about the many ways we can improve your smile, visit the procedures section of this site.