Your oral health is about much more than straight or sparkling teeth. Our office has now begun incorporating orofacial myofunctional therapy and training into our services. In simpler terms, we can act as a personal exercise trainer for your face, tongue, lips and breathing muscles, treating issues such as temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ), obstructive sleep apnea, incorrect swallowing, tongue postures and more with non-invasive techniques.
More and more, our patients are adding Waterpik electric flossers to their dental health routines. We see the good results in their checkups. Now, with new technology, Waterpiks have become an even more valuable tool to benefit your oral health.
Waterpiks remove plaque from the teeth using a stream of water along with some massaging action that benefits the gums. The high-pressure stream can clean deeper into the gum line than string flossing can, and it is a recommended flossing method for braces, bridges, and veneers. Some people floss only with Waterpiks, but most dentists advise using both.
Are you a tooth-grinder?
It is common to grind or clench your teeth occasionally. But some people – perhaps as many as 30% of us – grind so incessantly and with such force that their dental health is affected. Though tooth-grinding – “bruxism” in dental terminology – typically relates to stress or anxiety, it could also be a result of incorrect tooth alignment. For that reason, you may want to bring it up with your dentist or orthodontist at your next visit.
First, some general information.