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The Ins and Outs of Teeth Grinding

How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth Have you ever woken up from a night’s sleep and thought, “wow, my teeth and jaws are extremely sore?” You could be unaware that you are grinding your teeth in the middle of the night. Grinding teeth, also known as bruxism, often stems from anxiety or stress and affects…

What is TMJ Disorder?

Have you ever thought about how often you move your jaw? If you think about it we are constantly using our jawbone for speaking, yawning, eating, etc. The temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) connects at the base of the skull and jawbone. TMJ allows for all the movement needed for chewing and talking. Since TMJ is…

Why are Routine Dental Checkups Important?

We all know it is important to brush and floss to maintain oral health, but did you know it is just as important to keep up with your routine dental checkups? Regular checkups every six months can help identify oral health issues early on before they become a major problem. These checkups help protect not…

The Facts About Fluoride

We all know how important fluoride treatments are for children, but did you know that fluoride is just as important for adults? It is an essential part of caring for your teeth.   Fluoride, a mineral commonly found in nature, has been proven to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. Tooth enamel is under constant…

Sleep-Related Disorders & Dentistry

When most of us think of dentistry, the maintenance of our teeth immediately comes to mind. However, if you suffer from sleep apnea, your dentist may be one of the first practitioners to recognize this and offer treatment options.   The most common sleep breathing disorder is sleep apnea. It is a serious condition characterized…

Smart Snacks for Healthy Teeth

As you already know – the foods you eat affect your general health. But did you know that the foods you eat also affect your oral health? Our teeth and gums require not only proper hygiene, but also a balanced diet.   A lot of snacks that taste delicious are not good for your teeth….

Will Antibiotics Help Treat My Dental Pain?

Dentists will typically only recommend antibiotics for tooth infections. However, not all infected teeth require antibiotics. In some cases, a dentist may be able to drain the infected area, remove the infected tooth, or perform a root canal to fix the issue. Dentists tend to avoid recommending antibiotics unless they are absolutely necessary, such as…

What is Gingivitis and How Can You Prevent It?

Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. It is often caused by the buildup of plaque. The bacteria from the plaque produces acids that attack tooth enamel and can…

What Is Dental Plaque?

Have you ever noticed a sticky film on your teeth? That sticky film is known as plaque, the result of bacteria collecting on the surfaces of your teeth, often starting at the gumline. The development of plaque is completely normal and can usually be removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth.   Plaque…

Do you have Sensitive Teeth?

You dip your spoon into the container and move a big scoop of ice cream to your mouth. As soon as it touches your teeth, you cringe as your sensitive teeth react to the cold. While ice cream can be a treat for some people, to people with sensitive teeth it’s a treat they don’t…