There are a few key harmful habits that can really age our smiles over time. One of these is chronic dental grinding, also known as bruxism. Keep reading to get more information from our Toluca Lake dentists about what bruxism is, why it develops, and what you can do about it!

The first thing to take note of is that many of us actually clench and grind our teeth unconsciously. So, stay vigilant about noticing the signs of dental grinding, especially upon waking, your jaws may be sore or stiff, and you may notice tooth pain where your top and bottom teeth come into contact.

Now, sometimes dental grinding is temporary, such as in times of increased stress. However, bruxism can also develop due to structural issues with your smile; if your top and bottom teeth do not fit together naturally and comfortably, you may grind your teeth back and forth in an effort to find a comfortable resting position.

When you meet with our dental team, we’ll be able to assess your teeth, and make personalized treatment recommendation. You may benefit from:

  • A customized oral appliance that protects your teeth and guides your jaw into a more comfortable position
  • New restorations if your crowns have worn down and warped
  • Selective dental bonding to build up specific enamel
  • Orthodontic treatment to perfect your dental alignment and bring your smile into balance

Leaving bruxism untreated can lead to some serious oral health problems down the road:

  • Thin, weak dental enamel, which is more vulnerable to infection and damage
  • Dental cracks and chips
  • Shifting teeth along the gum line
  • Temporomandibular joint damage, pain, or inflammation

To get started, you can always call our Toluca Lake dentists to schedule a consultation. You can also use the Contact Us on our website to submit a question, and we’ll be happy to get back to you.



If you are battling bad breath, our Toluca Lake dentists are here to help you win the fight. While occasional and temporary bad breath is unavoidable, chronic halitosis is a deeper problem that needs to be addressed.

Chronic bad breath develops due to oral bacteria in the mouth. As oral bacteria grow and multiply, they release unpleasant odors as a byproduct. So, in order to conquer chronic bad breath, you really need to get a handle on oral bacteria. Here are a few simple things that you can do to improve the efficacy of your routine:

Keep water handy

Drinking plenty of water during the day is paramount when dealing with bad breath. You want to make sure that your body is able to produce enough saliva, as this is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria. Patients who suffer from dry mouth are much more likely than those who do not to develop halitosis.

Rinse your smile regularly

Get into the habit of vigorously rinsing your mouth with water or a specially-formulated rinse after eating or drinking anything other than water. This helps to dislodge dental debris and bacteria, while simultaneously jump-starting the release of saliva.

Fine-tune your schedule

Keep in mind that oral bacteria remain active—feeding, growing, and multiplying—for about 20 to 30 minutes after you finish eating or drinking sugary beverages. To minimize the amount of time that bacteria is able to stay active, you want to eat and drink at specific times during the day, rather than continuously snacking and sipping.

If you have underlying oral infections—like periodontal disease or cavities—you will need to treat these oral health issues before you can beat bad breath for good. Our Toluca Lake dentists are here to answer any additional questions that you may have, and to help you build a personalized treatment plan for bad breath. Give us a call to get started!