Complications and Management of Bruxism

Complications of bruxism:

In most of the cases, bruxism usually do not lead to serious complications. However, in case of severe bruxism, complications may arise, they are:ID-10025387

  • Damage may occur to the patients teeth, crown or jaw
  • Facial pain may occur as complication of bruxism
  • Tension type headache may occur
  • Complications or disorders may occur at temporomendibular joints (TMJ), which is the joint of jaw bone with skull and located just in front of ears.

Treatment of bruxism:

Most cases of bruxism are mild and usually do not need any treatment. Bruxism is more common among kids and in most cases, the condition disappear after teenage years. Hence, most of the cases do not need any management. However, if bruxism is severe, it may be treated by dental approach, psychotherapy or by medications. There are also various home remedies available for bruxism. Consult your doctor before you decide what type of management may be best for you. Read more…

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Posted by admin - April 24, 2015 at 13:02

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What are the Causes of Tonsil Stones?

If you think stones can be formed in kidneys, urinary bladder, ureters, gall bladder or in salivary system only, you are mistaken. Stones can form in other body parts too such as tonsils, where hard and painful stones can form. So, stones can be formed in various anatomical parts of the body, including tonsils. Stones in tonsils are known in medical term as tonsiloliths. Tonsil stones may cause pain and tenderness, bad breath, pain during swallowing etc. Incidence of tonsil stone is not very common.
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What are tonsils?

Tonsils are gland like structures, situated at the back of the throat one on either side. Tonsils contain lymphocytes, which are the cells that fight against infection in body and help in prevention of infection. Tonsils may play a role in body’s immune system. However, most medical experts and medical literature claim that tonsils do not and cannot perform their job well and have little if any role in fighting infection and preventing infection. Moreover tonsils are considered as burden by many health experts as they cannot perform their job satisfactorily and also give rise to various medical conditions such as tonsillitis (inflammation/infection of tonsils) and tonsil stones (tonsilolith). If anybody get his/her tonsils removed, there is no evidence that it is harmful or beneficial for the person, because it neither protect from infection, nor its absence lead to increased risk of infection. Read more…

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Posted by admin - April 22, 2015 at 12:31

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Causes and Risk Factors of Bruxism

Bruxism is a medical condition where the affected person (sufferer or patient) grind, gnash or clench teeth. The grinding, gnashing or clenching of teeth may occur at night during sleep or at day time.ID-100108824

What causes bruxism?

It is not precisely known by doctors, as what may be the exact cause of bruxism. However, there are several physical or psychological causes and may include:

  • Psychological problems such as anxiety disorder, stress, anger, frustration, tension, as is common in today’s stressful life
  • If you have hyperactive personality (may be aggressive, over competitive), this may be a cause of bruxism
  • Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea may lead to bruxism
  • Malocclusion of teeth, which is abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth
  • In case of children, bruxism may occur as a response to severe pain such as earache or eruption of new teeth in children
  • GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease, which lead to reflux of gastric acid into esophagus
  • Bruxism may be result of complication of some medical disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease etc. where there may be lack of control of muscles of the body
  • Bruxism may also occur as a result of some medications used to treat various psychiatric illnesses such as phenothiazines or certain antidepressants
  • Bruxism may occur due habit forming or coping strategy, where the person have habit of clenching teeth tight in some stressful situations

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Posted by admin - April 21, 2015 at 16:43

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Challenges in Practice Marketing

When you went to medical school, you probably didn’t give a thought about all the business challenges you would face in your everyday practice. You had lofty ambitions about helping the sick and having a rewarding career keeping your community healthy. Then you went into business and realized how much more there is to running a practice. Marketing is key ingredient that goes into building your organization. Here are some of the key challenges that your medical practice faces when marketing your business to the public.

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More Patient Volume Is Needed for Revenue Growth

When you have more patients, you increase your bottom line. Making more appointments increases your revenue, but that is not always easy when you have limited time. You need to maintain current patients, while generating new patients which can be difficult. Today’s consumer wants more health information online with more communication opportunities from their physician. It’s important to have an effective practice website that is updated and provides current information.

Lack of Awareness of Additional Services You Supply

If patients are unaware of the services your office provides, they will not be taking advantage of all you have to offer. You need to make a plan to have signage within your office, newsletters, and an effective website to create exposure. This leads to increased appointments and more satisfied patients. Read more…

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Posted by admin - April 20, 2015 at 16:40

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What is Bruxism and What are Its Symptoms

Bruxism is a medical condition where the affected person grind, gnash or clench his/her teeth. Usually patients of bruxism unconsciously clench teeth together during the day, or grind them at night (known as sleep bruxism). Sleep bruxism is a sleep-related medical disorder, because people sleep bruxism are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing (sleep apnea).ID-100108820

Bruxism, if mild usually do not need any treatment. However, in case of severe bruxism, or if the symptoms appear frequently, must be treated, because there is risk of development of complications, such as jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth or other complications.

Symptoms and signs of bruxism:

It is important to know signs and symptoms of bruxism, because if you have sleep bruxism, you may not be aware of the condition and complications may have already developed, before you recognize the problem. The symptoms of bruxism are: Read more…

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Posted by admin - April 18, 2015 at 00:34

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These Symptoms are Suggestive of Diabetes

Diabetes (especially type 2 diabetes) is a common health problem. In US alone there are approximately 25 million people with diabetes, although a huge number of people with diabetes are not aware that they have the disease. In some countries (e.g. India) incidence of diabetes is as high as 15% of adult population in urban areas. This indicates how common the problem of diabetes is.ID-100209402

Diabetes may not produce any symptoms initially and most symptoms general public is not aware of. Classical symptoms of diabetes are excess hunger (polyphagia in medical term), excessive thirst (polydipsia) and excessive urination (polyuria). Other symptoms may also be suggestive of diabetes such as vision problems, fatigue and irritability, tingling and/or numbness etc.

Excessive hunger:

It is known as polyphagia medically. When blood sugar is low, body feels that it need more glucose and hunger results. Patient keeps eating to provide glucose supply to cells for functioning. However, glucose cannot enter cells normally due to lack of insulin.

Excessive urination:

Known as polyuria in medical term. If you have to wake up frequently at night to urinate, it may be a symptom of diabetes. Due to high glucose in blood, kidneys function extra to remove extra glucose, which lead to excessive urination. You may have to urinate several times at night.

Excessive thirst:

Polydipsia is the medical term. Due to excessive urination, your body needs excess water, which manifest as excessive thirst, another classic symptom of diabetes. The symptoms of excessive urination and excessive thirst go hand in hand and are closely related and it is the body’s way to deal with excess glucose in blood. Read more…

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