Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Nail Biting - Your Teeth's Arch Enemy!

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When you get a dent in your car's exterior you take it to the repair shop to be fixed. So what do you do when your habit of biting your nails dents, dings, and breaks your teeth? Your repair options may not be so simple.

Dental has a great article on the risks you are exposing your health and your teeth to if you persist on biting your nails. The Academy of General Dentistry indicates that people spend thousands of dollars every year to repair damaged teeth from this seemingly innocent nervous habit.

Aside from the damage nail biting causes to your teeth, have you considered the pathogenic microorganisms you introduce into your body every time your finger enters your mouth?  Not a pleasant thought. You can cause gum infections, bad breath and compromised health by chewing on your fingernails because the mouth is the gateway to your body.

Nail biting has also been associated with teeth shifting, TMJ, overbites or gaps between the teeth as well causing surface damage, even breakage. Repairing any one of these conditions is costly.

Dental lists some simple steps you or a loved one can apply to break that finger nibbling habit. They include:  

  • Keep your nails short and filed. Long or ragged nails trigger the chewing habit for many people.
  • Get regular manicures, and consider wearing artificial nails. Many people have no inclination to bite on fake nails.
  • Give your hands something to do – squeeze a stress ball, knit, sketch, doodle, fold origami, whatever works for you.
  • Bitter-tasting clear nail polishes, available at drug stores and beauty supply shops, are a great way to remind yourself that you really don’t want to bite your nails. 

We encourage you to make a serious commitment to your oral and physical health by putting a stop to nail biting. While it may appear as something small and insignificant, nail biting can turn into large medical bills down the road.

If you have any questions about nail biting, or if you are concerned about your own teeth, please don't hesitate to give us a call. We would be happy to visit with you about this topic further.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Back to School Dental Tips

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

It's Back to School Time - Let's Keep Your Child in School

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Believe it or not, school is back in session. Did you know one of the most common reasons children miss school is due to dental issues? Parents who do not bring their children in for regular exams find that cavities, abscesses, and other preventable oral health care concerns can interrupt their child's ability to learn and be present at school.

Dr. Clark is great with young children. He has decades of experience in helping them feel calm and safe while he and our team clean their teeth and perform examinations. Tooth decay, tooth loss, and sports injuries to the mouth are all part of the growing up years. However, the pain and time necessary to treat these things are lessened greatly when a child receives regular dental care and has time to develop a rapport with Dr. Clark and our team. 

Call us today to schedule your child's semi-annual exam. Let's team up together to keep them at their healthiest and happiest this school year!