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Bruxism (Teeth Grinding): Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Understanding Teeth Grinding Do you wake up with a headache and sore jaw or facial muscles? It could possibly be due to bruxism – the medical term for grinding and clenching your teeth.   What Causes Bruxism? Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity (a common habit of the jaw) and is characterized by grinding of teeth and clenching of the jaw muscle. Mild bruxism does not cause any harm, however severe bruxism may give rise to problems of the joint, jaw, teeth and muscle.  In most cases, the cause is due to stress and anxiety. Genetics also plays an important role. People suffering from bruxism sometimes use it as a coping strategy when stressed, anxious or frustrated. Other disorders which cause bruxism are gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) and sleep apnea. Bruxism is prevalent in children, more so in kids who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).   Effects of…

. Posted in Oral HealthTagged , , . Jun 06, 2018

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Which is Better Dentist or Orthodontist? Do I Need to See Both?

Picking a dentist is hard enough but when it comes to making the decision about when to see a dentist or an orthodontist, it can get confusing. The good news is, there is really no need to decide which is better dentist or orthodontist. It really does depend on your needs. When a doctor studies orthodontics, they first become a dentist like Dr. Rubab Mirza of Naba Dental. Then they study orthodontics, defined as the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws, including the use of braces. Here are some important things to keep in mind when deciding which is better dentist or orthodontist for you. If you have what you consider to be normal teeth and a normal bite when you are chewing your food, and your major needs are regular cleanings and occasional fillings, you will be fine with Dr. Mirza or your traditional family dentist practicing pediatric…

. Posted in Houston Dentist Category, Kids Dentist Category, Oral Health . Sep 15, 2017