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How to take care of an occlusal guard?

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What is an occlusal guard?

An occlusal guard is a hard and transparent acrylic, elaborated individually to the measure of the teeth. The guard helps you to regulate the force of chewing, it also protects the teeth from wearing out early, and from problems of mandibular articulation.

It is a method used to protect teeth from bruxism, which consists of clenching or grinding teeth.

How long should I use an occlusal guard?

The occlusal guard can be used for 6 months, however, the specialist is the only one who can determine if it is necessary to continue with this treatment.

The guard is usually indicated to be used at night, and you must go to review appointments every month.

If you do not follow the indications of your dentist, the time of treatment can be longer to solve the problem.

Tips to take care of an occlusal guard

  • Keep the guard in its case: This will help prevent the guard from being thrown away.

 

Occlusal guard case

 

  • Wash the guard daily: With an extra brush to your teeth and an antibacterial soap without perfume, in this way the occlusal guard will be kept free of dirt for use. Or you can also use effervescent tablets to clean dentures.

 

effervescent tablets

 

  • Go to regular revisions with your dentist: It is important this point, because your dentist need to evaluate your progression to reduce bruxism, the goal you need to reach is eliminating this bad habit on time, but you can change it if you ask for our help.

 

dental revision

Actual photography of our dentists working.

 

If you suffer from bruxism and you already have an occlusal guard, remember to follow the instructions of your dentist to preserve the material of the occlusal guard, if you take care of your guard it can last for ten years or even more.

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Pirate ships in your dental vacations!

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Do you imagine yourself in a pirate ship in Cancun for your dental vacations? Well this childhood dream can come true! Like the movie of Peter Pan, or Pirates of the Caribbean you can finally sail inside a real pirate Ship with your family while you enjoy some dental vacations.

Cancun has in fact many attractions for tourists, many of them are ecological parks, like Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xoximilco, Ventura Park, and today we are to talk about Captain Hook, the best pirate ship you will ever experience!

All of our patients always fall in love with the Mexican sea, we recommend them to schedule activities like: Sunbathing in the beach, eating lobster, traveling to the Riviera Maya, driving golf cars around Isla Mujeres, visiting Chankanaab in Cozumel, or taking selfies in Tulum. Plus, you will return back home with a new smile and many stories and pictures to show. This is why the Mexican dental vacations are on top of other countries.

Here you can see some photos of the Captain Hook ships below the Calinda Bridge.

If you have kids they will also love it! The show is family friendly, you will see amazing pirate battles and at night the chefs serve lobster, fish, steaks and more food, you will enjoy the perfect moment surrounded by the lights of the ships.

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This activity is very popular in Cancun, plus kids love adventures and pirate stories. The pirates guide tourists inside the ship, then the boat sail between the sea of Cancun and Isla Mujeres.

You will experience a furious battle when a second pirate ship approaches the boat where you are. At the end of the battle a winner will emerge, after the performance you will get delicious food like crabs, shrimp, lobster or a steak. This is an incredible experience that happens only once in a lifetime and that you cannot find anywhere. Cancun is the best place to find great tours, aquatic and eco-tourist parks like Crococun or Xcaret.

As you can see in Cancun, you can have a dental procedure and also you can have vacations! What are you waiting for to have an amazing Mexican dental vacation in Cancun?

What are non-carious cervical lesions?

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Non-carious cervical lesions

Dental abfraction is one of the non-carious cervical lesions, but there are mainly three types. Many teeth problems comes from bacteria for example cavities, which appears due to the lack of hygiene, these bacteria can pierce the tooth and reach the root and make the tooth useless.

In the case of non-carious cervical lesions, after the enamel has worn away at the level of the neck of the teeth, it can cause sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and food. In other words it is the loss of hard dental tissues produced by a lot of weight on the teeth, such as the forces produced by occlusal pressure.

This dental damage affects mainly the vestibular surface of canines and premolars of adults and the elderly. Non-carious lesions are damages caused by tooth wear, which causes an exaggerated response of pain related to the exposure of dentin to chemical, tactile or thermal stimulus.

Non-carious cervical lesions

Types of non-carious cervical lesions

Abfraction

It is the involuntary act of grinding or clenching the teeth for different reasons, with stress being the main one.

Abrasion

It is characterized by presenting a smooth, polished, smooth surface, with regular contour.

Erosion

This is the chronic and painless loss of tooth structure due to the action of non-bacterial acids from citrus fruits, soft drinks, wines, medicines.

Dental abfraction

What actions can damage your teeth?

  • Brush your teeth incorrectly: The use of a brush with hard bristles and a bad brushing technique can make you have dental problems, this is why dentists recommend to brush your teeth softly and in circles.

Brushing teeth

  • Chewing gum: This is something that dentists usually recommend to produce more saliva, but when you chew gum every day you can wear your teeth due to the constant pressure of the chewing.

Chewing gum

  • Clench your teeth: This is the main reason of why someone can have dental abfraction, this bad habit is called bruxism, and it usually happen unconsciously due to stressful situations.

Bruxism

  • Consuming many acids in drinks and food: When you drink cola, sodas, black tea, and juicy drinks you can develop this kind of oral injuries. Acids like orange, lemon and grapefruit are recommended to clean your stomach and because they contain vitamins, but do not drink them daily, it can wear your teeth enamel.

Orange juice acids

  • Eating disorders like bulimia: These eating disorders are living in many young people and even in adults, purging is practiced after feeling ashamed of your body, but what most of these people do not know is that bulimia gives you several dental issues like erosion.

Bulimia erosion

Treatments to reduce the risks of non-carious cervical lesion

  1. Resins: It is an aesthetic paste that thanks to its flexibility adapts perfectly to the surfaces of the teeth.
  2. Occlusal guard: It is a mouth guard that acts as a clear acrylic cover.
  3. Psychological treatment: If you have an eating disorder like bulimia you need to be attended for a psychologist.

If you have a dental problem, contact our clinic, one of our professionals can help you to restore your smile. We are located in the beautiful city of Sunny Cancun. Our clinic have the most affordable prices for your needs.

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Which are the benefits of using mouthwash?

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Many people believe that brushing your teeth is the only thing needed to do a proper clean of your teeth, but actually, this is never enough. You need to know the benefits of using mouthwash, so you can have a complete oral care.

Dentists always recommend to follow the next daily steps: 

  • Tooth brushing your teeth 3 times a day, or at least two times, one in the morning, the second before sleeping.
  • Using floss every day to reach those difficult parts between your teeth.
  • Applying mouthwash 1 time a day, if you have kids buy them a mouthwash according to their age.

Benefits of the mouthwash:

1.- Full cleaning inside the mouth
After washing your teeth, you need to apply mouthwash. This products helps you to do a total clean, it eliminates all the bacteria, by this way it will reduce the probabilities to have oral diseases.

2.- Better and more fresh breath
Halitosis exists due to the lack of use of the mouthwash, because many bacteria live inside the mouth, some people can actually suffer from bad breath if they have an stomach infections, this means that all the acids comes out from the mouth as bad breath. But must cases are consequences of not using mouthwash.

3.-  Prevents diseases and infections of the mouth
This is an important use of the mouthwash, because it prevents the canker sores, halitosis, and tonsil stones development. Actually the mouth is full of bacteria, it can be the most dirty part in the human body if we do not take care of it. This bacteria comes from the food, and also from our hands.

4.- Strengthens teeth with longer duration
If you want to have strong teeth you need to use mouthwash. This product prevents decalcification of teeth, for this reason if you have braces, dentists usually recommend to use an especial brush -that replace regular floss- and mouthwash .

5.- Prevent oral diseases
This is one of the most outstanding benefits of this product. The mouthwash helps us to reduce the probabilities of developing cavities, gingivitis, tonsil stones, dental calculus or tartar, and periodontal diseases.

As you can see, the mouthwashes have many benefits. This product cannot be replaced, it is the complement of the toothbrush and floss. The best way to avoid many oral diseases is to schedule an appointment every 6 months with a dentist, and follow the instructions given to you.

 

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