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Why Subconsciously Clenching Your Teeth Is Worse Than You Think

Do you wake up in the morning feeling pain in your teeth and jaw? Do friends and coworkers notice grinding or popping noises coming from your mouth when you eat?  It is more common than one would think, and the worst part is, most people clench and grind their teeth subconsciously when they are sleeping …

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12 Tricks to Stay Cavity-Free This Halloween

How do you partake in a holiday that’s all about collecting and consuming high volumes of candy, but keep your teeth healthy, too? Here are 12 tips and tricks to help your child stay cavity-free this Halloween. Yes, it’s that time of year again – as the air becomes crisp and the leaves change colors, Reese’s …

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You May Suffer From Bruxism and Not Even Know It

Funny thing how those medical terms like “bruxism” never really catch on with the regular vernacular. You’re probably more familiar with the term “teeth grinding,” but what you may not know is how it can damage your tooth enamel if left untreated. Bruxism, as noted on the condition’s Wikipedia page, comes from the Greek root …

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Those Mystery Pains in Your Jaw Could be TMJ Symptoms

Stress has a profound impact on health, and teeth grinding, or TMJ disorders, are a perfect example. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize they have a problem, which is why understanding the typical TMJ symptoms and their impact on your teeth is a must! Before we discuss symptoms, let’s focus on exactly what TMJ disorders are. …

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OUCH – You May be Suffering from Teeth Grinding

What ailment causes headache, toothaches, neck pains and jaw popping and may go undetected for years? The answer is teeth grinding. The bigger question, however, is that why it so often goes undetected, especially when there is a treatment? The scientific term for teeth grinding is temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, or TMJ disorders for …

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Why Sealants Are a Groovy Way to Prevent Cavities in Kids

Cavities are sneaky little devils. They form when food particles and plaque make their way into the pits and grooves of a tooth. But lo and behold, there is a way to help ward off these creepy cavities on our chewing surfaces: Sealants – a parent’s (and kid’s) best friend. Sealants are essentially resin material that is …

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Top Five Excuses Your Family Makes Not To Go To the Dentist

Are you the family’s director of Health and Human Services? Most moms somehow wind up getting appointed to this position, and sometimes the toughest part of the job is getting your family to go to the dentist. Here’s five excuses you probably hear, and how to address them. You’ll note these excuses aren’t just coming …

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Eight Ways to Make Children Ready for Their First Trip to the Dentist

Fear is an extremely powerful emotion, especially when you’re a child. There’s the monster under the bed, the monster in the closet, and yes, a child may even be afraid of the dentist. Here are eight ways you can calm their fears and get them ready for their first trip to the dentist. Read about …

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Three Tips When You Buy Your Own Dental Insurance

As you can imagine, we deal quite a bit with dental insurance. We are by no means experts, but here are some areas that you might not be aware of with your dental insurance policy, as well. The following examples typically apply to cases where you’re buying your own policy and not using one provided …

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If Flossing Adds Years to Our Lives, Why Don’t We Do It More?

Flossing has a number of critical benefits, including the surprising one that it can add years to your life. So why don’t more people floss more regularly? I have a few ideas, including how to make flossing easy and part of your everyday routine. Let’s first look into the idea that flossing can extend your lifespan. Periodontist …

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