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By Golden Dental
April 02, 2018
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Night Guard  

Up to 10% of adults are affected by nighttime bruxism, or teeth grinding or clenching. Since this condition takes place primarily at night, nigth guardmany people’s partners recognize the symptoms before the patient themselves. Luckily, your dentist can help you control your bruxism symptoms and get your sleep on track with a night guard. Find out more about night guards and when they become necessary with Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA.

What is a night guard? 
A night guard is a customized, thin piece of acrylic or plastic. A dental laboratory creates the night guard based on a mold of the mouth taken by your dentist. The laboratory technician carefully forms the guard to ensure that it fits perfectly into your smile. In addition to a good fit, a customized night guard is less bulky and more comfortable than over-the-counter “boil-and-bite” variety night guards.

Can a night guard help me? 
Bruxism can cause some symptoms which may not immediately correlate to grinding your teeth. Chronic headaches and TMJ disorder are often linked to teeth clenching or grinding. Additionally, a toothache, cracked tooth, or weakened tooth can also be attributed to bruxism. A night guard helps manage or even prevent these issues from happening in the first place, meaning that if you suffer from these problems, you may benefit from a night guard.

Custom Night Guards in Lancaster, CA
If you think you may suffer from bruxism, a night guard may be able to help you overcome your symptoms and enjoy a good night’s sleep free from grinding or clenching. Your dentist will require that you have an appointment to assess the state of your smile and whether or not this treatment option is your best option. Your dentist will also need to take an impression of your mouth to send to the dental laboratory creating your night guard.

For more information on night guards, please contact Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. Call 661-948-8100 to schedule your consultation for a custom night guard with Dr. Markarian today!

By Golden Dental
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Care

Your oral hygiene habits directly influence the health of your teeth and oral tissues. Though many people believe that good oral hygieneOral Hygiene Habits simply means brushing your teeth, there is more to it than just that. Find out more about a good oral hygiene routine and forming good habits for your dental health with Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA.

Understanding Tooth Decay
Tooth decay begins as bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria attach to the teeth, forming a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing. However, if allowed to remain on the teeth, plaque hardens into tartar, a substance only a professional dental cleaning can remove. At this point, the decay begins eating through the layers of the tooth, first the enamel, then dentin, then down into the tooth’s pulp chamber which houses the nerve. Once the decay reaches the tooth’s nerve, it causes a toothache and requires a root canal.

Forming Good Habits
Your at-home oral care routine and habits are crucial to whether or not you keep tooth decay at bay. Patients should brush at least twice a day and floss between each tooth at least once. While these tasks are an important part of your oral care routine, they are not all of it. Patients of all ages and risk levels should see their dentist at least once every six months for a regular examination and cleaning.

Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Lancaster, CA
These routine visits help your dentist find and treat issues like decay and gum disease early using less invasive and complex treatments than if they were left untreated for a significant amount of time. Additionally, regular cleanings help give your teeth a clean slate by removing all the plaque and tartar from their surfaces.

For more information on good oral hygiene habits or regular dental examinations and cleanings, please contact Dr. Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. Call 661-948-8100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Markarian today!

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