COVID-19: Office Updates

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

Why Is Teeth Grinding Bad for You?

Posted on 3/8/2021 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
Why Is Teeth Grinding Bad for You?Many people think that teeth grinding or clenching isn't causing harm just because there's no pain or symptoms. But what they don't know is that if they do not opt for treatment and preventative care for Bruxism (teeth grinding), it can significantly impact your dental health and the well-being of your entire body.

Here are some of the many ways that Bruxism can damage your health:

Tooth Enamel Erosion

Teeth clenching and grinding can wear off and erode your tooth's enamel – teeth protecting shield. Once it erodes, your teeth will face an increased risk of decay and higher sensitivity to hot and cold foods/drinks.

Tooth Loss &Fractured Teeth

Teeth grinding and clenching for a long time can lead to tooth fractures and even tooth loss. Constant, rutted stress on teeth can or even force your teeth to become dislodged. It can be excruciating and make simple tasks like eating, speaking, and chewing difficult.

Receded Gums

If you tend to grind or clench your teeth while sleeping, know that you are exerting a lot of force against not just your teeth but even your gums that will eventually lead to gum recession. Gum recession is not only a painful condition, but it can even lead to the formation of 'gum pockets' that harbor bacteria and cause tooth decay or loss.

Short, Uneven Teeth

If you grind or clench your teeth, with the time you will notice that your teeth are uneven and getting short in length. This is particularly detrimental to your bite. Moreover, it can lead to other problems such as headache, toothache, an awkward smile, etc.

Though teeth grinding can be a damaging condition, but fortunately, it can be prevented and treated with proper care and treatment. The experts at Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry can provide you the best solutions for Bruxism. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us at (803) 794-2273

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