Today I have about twenty minutes to pop in and chat with you all before I need to get back out the door to a hair appointment. I know, hard Tuesday right? Hey… it’s all a part of the professional dancer occupation ya’ll.
My morning started with high hopes of spring. Even though the temperature is currently in the low twenties (still!), the sun is shining bright which always heightens my mood!
To celebrate, I busted out the Coconut flavored Dunkin’ Donuts coffee I have been waiting to try. I also noticed I had a SO Delicious dairy-free coconut creamer in the refrigerator, so it was a winning combination just waiting to happen.
I skipped the stevia and it’s actually pretty good. There is a slight after-bite to it, but that could very well be my sealant coming back to haunt me, thanks to my morning at the dentist’s office.
The last time I went, it was my first time visiting one up north and I am thankful for having found a good one! Everyone is so nice and seem to know exactly what they are doing. I say that because not all of my trips to the dentist’s office have been that way.
Anyways, (down to ten minutes here…) I had a pretty standard visit and completed the rest of my every so often x-rays and such. Nothing too out of the ordinary.
(Gotta love that sweet dentist office swag!)
Towards the end of my cleaning, the dentist came in and reminded me of some of the problem areas he was still concerned about. I have a few spots with what they call abstractions, or gaps where the teeth don’t always meet the gum. I also have a receding gum on the back right side!
Like most of you would do, I asked him what caused it and what I could possibly do to fix the problems before they go any further. He and the hygienist both credited it to teeth grinding and/or clenching at night.
Before moving up here, the idea had never even been brought up to me by my dentist, so it took me by surprise the first time I heard it six months ago. After my last appointment, I agreed to watch my symptoms (waking up with headaches, sore jaws, etc.) and check back in on it today.
Well, the symptoms still exist and paired with the receding gum and abstractions, they all equaled ordering a night guard for me. Better safe than sorry, right?
Luckily, my insurance covered eighty percent of the cost, but it was still wasn’t a cheap thing to “just do.” Actually seeing my receding gum kind of freaked me out and pushed me towards getting one.
I had good ten minute conversation with the hygienist about what else could have caused it and she explained that dentists used to think it was a result of brushing teeth too hard, or with too rough of toothbrushes. This is when all of the “softer but better” toothbrushes came out and people were still having the same problems.
She went on to explain that for some reason Michigan has one of the highest percentages of teeth grinders. Out of all the U.S. And, most of it is caused by stress. (Ha!) Sounds about right with this crazy winter season we have been fighting!
Without any more time to discuss it further right now, I want to hear from you today!
Are you a teeth grinder and/or clencher?
Do you have to wear a night guard?
And if so, has it helped?
I’ll be sure to check back in later this afternoon. Off to my hair appointment!