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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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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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