Dental Work and Holidays: A Guide for Travellers
Just because you go on holiday, doesn't mean that the bacteria on your mouth does. Hi! My name is Mandi, and as a lover of travelling, I have taken a lot of trips. Unfortunately, I have also had the misfortune to suffer from dental issues on those trips. This blog focuses on everything related to travelling and dental work. I plan to have posts on picking the right travel insurance for your teeth, dealing with a broken tooth when abroad, dental tourism and more. I hope that you find the information that you need and that your next holiday goes well. Now, let's smile together from wherever we are in the world! Happy travels!
Do you ever catch yourself grinding your teeth without being aware of it? Of course it's generally simple enough to stop, unless you're not in a position to be aware of it. Grinding your teeth is known as bruxism, but it's nocturnal bruxism (grinding your teeth when you sleep) that has the potential to cause serious problems.
Signs You Might Grind Your Teeth
One of the key signs of nocturnal bruxism is a feeling of strained jaw muscles in the morning.
Regular dental checkups are a vital part of tooth care, but if you really want to get the most out of an appointment, effective communication is vital. Here are five things you should let your dentist know at the beginning of the appointment.
Let your dentist know if you have any phobia or fear of dental treatment. Dentists are well used to this kind of reaction and will be able to accommodate your feelings better if they know about them in advance.
If you are considering having your teeth aligned, adult braces are possibly the best option. Braces refer to orthodontic devices that straighten, align, and keep teeth in position. While many people will have braces for cosmetic purposes, the health benefits of having well-aligned teeth are far-reaching. Further, people whose teeth are correctly placed are confident and physically attractive. Crooked teeth present a myriad of health risks such as:
Jaw joint disorders.
If you prefer to use a toothbrush with hard bristles, you may like the fact that this kind of brush gives you the daily equivalent of a deep clean when you brush your teeth. While you may be proud that you're taking good care of your teeth, you may be surprised if your dentist tells you during a check-up that you should switch to using a softer toothbrush. Why doesn't your dentist like hard bristles, and do you really have to switch to a brush that takes a more softly-softly approach?
Dental fillings can last up to 15 years, especially the amalgam kind. However, when a filling fails, it then becomes easy for bacteria to attack the underlying tooth structure the filling was protecting. It is important that patients know what to look out for when assessing the condition of their fillings.
If a filling fails and is not replaced immediately, tooth decay can set in. If that decay goes unnoticed for too long, a replacement filling may not be possible.