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Woman With a Headache

Do You Have TMJ Pain?

Helping You Solve TMJ Pain Some 10 million people suffer from some form of TMJ Disorder: from clicking or popping whenever they yawn, to intense migraine-like pain in the area around their ears. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge between your jaw and skull. The bone and muscles permit your jaw to move—not just up […]

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Woman Getting a Dental Checkup

“Is it a Cavity?”

Or something else… While most people think a toothache automatically means a cavity (or the need for a root canal), several other conditions can also cause temperature sensitivity, pain during chewing, and other symptoms typically associated with a toothache. Here are some of those causes: Gum Recession. When patients experience gum recession (which can be […]

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Man Grinding His Teeth

Are You Grinding Your Teeth?

What is Bruxism? Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of teeth. It’s a fairly common habit with about 1 in 3 exhibiting the behavior, yet most don’t even realize they’re affected. That’s partly because bruxism can occur while sleeping at night, but also because the habit develops subconsciously, usually due to stress or anxiety. Recognizing […]

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Chewed Pencil

Bad Habits for Teeth

Everyday Habits can Impact Oral Health Most of us have a bad habit or two that we’d like to change. Here are some common habits that are especially hard on teeth: Biting or Chewing Non-Foods Items Maybe you’ve done it for years with no harm, but each time you bite a non-food object is unnecessary […]

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Troubled Young Man

Drug Use During Dental Treatment

Discuss All Drug and Medication Use to Avoid Harmful Reactions Let’s face it, some people take anti-depressants, some are prescribed antibiotics. Some smoke marijuana, and fewer, thankfully, use cocaine, methamphetamine or other drugs. But here in the office, the message remains the same for all. Tell us what you’re taking, and when. Why? Because the […]

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Nighttime Bruxism

Subliminal Stuff: Bruxism

Are You Subconsciously Grinding? Sensitivity to heat and cold. Loosened teeth, fractures, and debilitating headaches. All this can occur while you sleep—from grinding your teeth. Dentistry calls it bruxism. Talk about shell shock. Dentists see evidence of life in the fast lane everyday. As many as 90 percent of us grind our teeth each night, […]

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Older Woman Smiling

Your Teeth Age Too!

Special Concerns for Older Adults Along with those gray hairs and inevitable smile lines, your mouth undergoes natural changes over the years, as well. Among them: Cutting edge of teeth are worn flat by chewing or grinding. Remember to keep regularly scheduled hygiene appointments to check for cavities. Consider dental sealants to prevent decay, or […]

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Sudden Toothache

Mystery Pain & Phantom Toothache

There’s only one good thing about a visibly damaged tooth: here, clearly, is where the pain’s coming from and where our response will be focused. But complaints of “tooth pain” without a clear source or origin—now, that’s something else entirely. Say you’ve been good with your hygiene, faithful in your checkups, and you wake up […]

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