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Do your gums measure up?

For most people, a little blood in the gums doesn’t seem like a cause for concern. Our teeth are strong, so we assume are gums are too. The problem with that frame of mind is that are gums are supposed to act as protection for the teeth. When gums are inflamed or bleeding, it means that they are the source of infection rather than actively working to prevent it.

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Importance of Protecting Baby Teeth

“Aren’t my child’s teeth just going to fall out anyway?” That’s a question I get from many parents after warning them about preserving the baby teeth. While the baby teeth do fall out by around age 12, they have important functions while they are in place. It’s important for teeth to be kept healthy and in place until the body is ready to let go of them naturally.

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Impact of Oral Health on Overall Health

To understand the impact that oral health has on overall health, it’s best to visualize the mouth as the body’s largest doorway. When you think about it like that, it’s easy to see how infection can spread from the mouth to the body. We tend to think of our teeth as strong and invincible, but the reality is leaving them to fend for themselves can do serious harm in the long-term.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Many people are unaware of the importance of replacing missing teeth. In order to keep bone tissue from deteriorating, the living structure must be stimulated as if there were still a tooth in place. This is why dental implants provide the best long-terms benefits for a missing tooth or teeth.

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Beat Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

When you think about how much revolves around functions of the mouth, it’s easy to see why people have a difficult time allowing someone to mess with it. Many people have had a negative experience at the dentist in the past causing them to avoid checkups all together. Others simply fear the thought of what could happen. Either way, neglecting oral hygiene can have serious implications on your health.

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Migraines vs. TMJ Pain

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) plays the very important role of connecting the jaw to the side of the head. The majority of TMJ disorders stem from malocclusion, or “bad bite.” This means that the jaw does not close properly, putting strain on various parts of the body.

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Do you ever find yourself breathing through your mouth? While it seems harmless, this could be a sign of a much larger issue.

Our bodies are designed to breathe through the nose for several reasons. The nasal structure allows oxygen to pass through at the optimal rate. Hairs trap bacteria from getting into the bloodstream. So when this process is thrown off by mouth breathing, a large amount of stress is put on the body.

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Sleep Apnea

Do you ever find yourself breathing through your mouth? While it seems harmless, this could be a sign of a much larger issue.

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What do you know about the dangers of sleep apnea?

Most people are aware that sleep apnea causes health risks but those risks are generally misunderstood. While it is commonly known that sleep apnea means a disruption of air for the sleeper, it seems on the surface that sleep apnea might cause a person to stop breathing. Of course that is cause for concern but most rare as a cause of death. It is more likely that the intermittent breathing is having serious systemic side effects that can be very dangerous.

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TMJ Disorder

It is perfectly reasonable to go to the doctor of the dentist to get out of pain. If you are in pain, you hope it is possible to diagnose the cause of the pain so it can be treated and/or repaired. However, what happens when you go to the doctor and the source of the pain can‘t be found? Most typically, pain medications are recommended. Sometimes the pain goes away. Sometimes it does not.

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Why should I have scheduled cleanings?

Do you have plans for your dental hygiene visits this year? A professional hygiene visit and cleaning can help you save major dental care costs down the road. It’s one of those situations where an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

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Regular cleanings

Do you have plans for your dental hygiene visits this year? A professional hygiene visit and cleaning can help you save major dental care costs down the road. It’s one of those situations where an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

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Treating TMJ

When I treat a patient with TMJ, it is always such a great experience to see them getting around without the chronic pain or pain medications they have been living with for a long time. Most TMJ patients live with the pain longer than most would expect. Then, after they finally get treatment from me or another neuromuscular dentist, they all say, "What took me so long?" Good question.

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TMJ symptoms

When I treat a patient with TMJ, it is always such a great experience to see them getting around without the chronic pain or pain medications they have been living with for a long time. Most TMJ patients live with the pain longer than most would expect. Then, after they finally get treatment from me or another neuromuscular dentist, they all say, "What took me so long?" Good question.

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Do you know anyone who is living with a missing tooth?

If you do, it’s important that they know a missing tooth can cause bone loss in the jaw, leading to very serious dental and medical conditions. Do you know that hollow, sunken look people can get when they have missing teeth? That is the result of atrophy caused by missing teeth. Many people will consider dentures in when teeth are missing, but dentures do not anchor into the jaw like a tooth, they sit on top of the gum, so in the long-term dentures do not ward off bone loss problems we see with missing teeth.

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Dental implants

Do you know anyone who is living with a missing tooth? If you do, it’s important that they know a missing tooth can cause bone loss in the jaw, leading to very serious dental and medical conditions. Do you know that hollow, sunken look people can get when they have missing teeth? That is the result of atrophy caused by missing teeth. Many people will consider dentures in when teeth are missing, but dentures do not anchor into the jaw like a tooth, they sit on top of the gum, so in the long-term dentures do not ward off bone loss problems we see with missing teeth.

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White fillings

Most people will agree that white fillings look much better and more natural than the dark gray or black amalgam fillings you see in the teeth of many older people. But, looking better is only a good side-benefit for this kind of filling because white fillings, or composite filings, are much healthier than old metal fillings.

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What you don’t know about TMJ can cause a lot of pain.

I treat one of the most misunderstood and therefore misdiagnosed disorders: tempromandibular joint disorder. I know, that’s a mouthful. Maybe you know it better as TMJ. Most people have heard of TMJ, thinking it is all about jaw pain. TMJ disorder is centered around a misalignment of the jaw but the disorder is far more reaching than only jaw pain. In fact, that is what is so misunderstood about TMJ disorder.

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Cosmetic dentistry

Dental technologies and materials have advanced so much in the past several years that there is a great emphasis than ever on aesthetics. It’s always been a concern in dentistry because the smile is such a prominent facial feature and how you smile communicates so much about you and your personality. So, today, every dentist had better be prepared for questions about “cosmetic” dentistry.

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