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Posts for: February, 2017

Headaches can come in several forms and can cause a wide variation of pain. On a daily basis, more and more is learned about what exactly causes headaches, and how we can avoid them. Things like hormones, abnormal growths, muscle function, and many other things, are typical causes of headaches. Usually, treatment and prevention of headaches demands the attention of many professionals, including personal care physicians, physical therapists, psychologists, and possibly even your dentist.Headaches North Royalton

Yes, that’s right, your dentist may be able to treat your headaches. Some dentists are trained in caring for jaw joint problems, many are trained in treating headaches, and others do not treat these issues for one reason or another. However, if you suffer from headaches, and have not been successfully treated by your physician who has dismissed medical conditions, you may consider seeking treatment from your dentist. Either your dentist can treat you, or direct you to someone who can.

Unfortunately, many headaches are triggered by long-term spasms in your jaw and neck muscles. There are kinds of "night guards," also known as bite splints, that may be able to offer your jaw some relief. Essentially, these acrylic platforms offer a secure spot for your upper and bottom jaw to shut against and relax your muscles. In fact, it has been approximated that 80% of people clench and/or grind their teeth in their sleep. This condition is known as Bruxism, and can cause "tension headaches" as a result.

If you experience headaches, you may want to consult both your dentist and your personal care physician in the North Royalton area. More likely than not, there is some aid accessible for you. 

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One of our greatest defenses against cavities, in addition to proper care, is our saliva. Our salivary glands are primarily located in our cheeks and underneath our tongues, and create two types of saliva: serous saliva and mucoid saliva. The serous saliva is the kind that is important in preventing cavities. What makes this saliva so important, is that it helps to neutralize the acids in the mouth that cause cavities.

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Unfortunately, as we age, our salivary glands begin to be used for things like storing fat. Over time, these fat cells replace the cells that secreted saliva, and we begin to experience dry mouth (xerostomia). After we start suffering from dry mouth, our mouths becomes more acidic and we start to develop more cavities. When you put all of this together, it is easy to see why we develop more cavities with age.

In addition to the aforementioned problem, there are many medicines and medical treatments that can cause dry mouth. For starters, many required medications have dry mouth as a side effect. Unfortunately, since these medications are not optional, people usually cannot stop taking the medication. Next, medical treatments, like chemotherapy, hinder the process of cell development. Due to this, our salivary gland cells do not regenerate as quickly, and our saliva production suffers.  

As you grow older, it is important to maintain your oral wellness visits. Our mouths undergo many changes as we age, and it is important to stay on top of things with help from your dentist and oral hygienists. There are many treatments available to help combat cavities, including fluoride treatments, and hygiene products that contain fluoride.

 

If you have a cavity and live in the North Royalton area, or would like to schedule an appointment with professionals who can help your situation, contact us today. The team at Royalton Dental is always welcoming new patients, and wants to start taking care of your smile today.