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Taking Medications? Here’s Why You Should Tell Your Dentist

It’s common knowledge that patients should tell their doctors about all new medications they are taking, including over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and supplements. This is because some medications and supplements can interact with each other and cause side effects. But you may not know that your dentist also needs this information. Here’s why it’s important to […]


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How Alcohol Affects Your Oral Health

People generally expect that their primary care physicians will ask questions about their alcohol consumption. But what about your dentist? While it’s often thought that alcohol doesn’t have a significant effect on one’s oral health, the truth is quite different. In fact, alcohol consumption may also prompt you to visit your dentist for sleep apnea […]


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FAQs and Answers About Bruxism

FAQs and Answers About Bruxism Bruxism is the clinical term for chronic teeth grinding. It’s a movement disorder that can cause serious health complications, including dental problems. It’s possible to have bruxism without realizing it. In fact, some people are unaware that they have this disorder until they visit their dentist for a routine check-up. […]


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Can Sleep Apnea Develop Later in Life?

Sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder in which breathing temporarily ceases during sleep. When the brain senses the plummeting oxygen levels, it rouses the person from sleep and restarts breathing. Often, the patient is unaware that he or she stopped breathing and woke up. This cycle can happen dozens or even hundreds of times […]


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When to Worry About Your Partner’s Snoring

Snoring can be a nuisance in any relationship. If your partner is snoring all night, then you might have trouble getting restful sleep due to the noise. However, the problem may go even deeper than that. In some cases, snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that frequently goes undiagnosed […]


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Why Do Older Adults Get Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a common condition among older adults, and it’s one that causes frequent complications with oral health. Saliva plays an important role in oral health and digestion. It protects the teeth by neutralizing acid, washing away food particles, and inhibiting bacterial growth. With dry mouth, saliva production is limited, and the […]


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Here’s How to Help Your Teeth Last for a Lifetime

Although there are many options available to restore lost teeth—including dental implants and dentures—it’s best to preserve your natural teeth for a lifelong healthy smile. Many seniors will suffer from tooth loss, but that doesn’t have to be your future. You can preserve the health of your natural teeth with the following guidelines for managing […]


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Are You Ready to Ditch Your Dentures in Favor of Implants?

If you are missing most or all of your natural teeth, then you may be used to wearing dentures to facilitate eating and speaking. You may also notice that dentures do not provide the same level of function as your natural teeth did. Additionally, dentures may effect your sense of taste. If you are experiencing either […]


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Should You Try a Water Flosser?

Technology has made daily life easier in so many ways. For example, you can use electronic water flossers to support your oral health. But should you? Dentists tend to agree that while water flossers can be helpful for removing food debris, they can’t entirely replace manual flossing. Here’s why. How Water Flossers Work Water flossers […]


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How to Reduce Your Risk of Sleep Apnea

People with sleep apnea repeatedly stop and restart their breathing while they sleep. Often, they’re unaware they are waking up dozens of times each night. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of serious complications, including heart disease and diabetes. Fortunately, it’s possible to treat many cases of sleep apnea with oral appliance […]


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What to Know About ARESTIN® for Gum Disease

Gum disease affects countless people. If left untreated, it will progress and worsen. Eventually, gum disease leads to tooth loss and the breakdown of the jawbone density. Because the loss of a natural tooth can be a devastating event, dentists want to do everything possible to help their patients preserve the health of their teeth. […]


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How to Indulge Your Coffee Habit Without Staining Your Teeth

Countless people rely on a hot mug of caffeine (or two or three) to get them through the day. Unfortunately, coffee is among the most common causes of stains on the teeth. The easiest way to prevent this is to avoid drinking coffee, but for many people, this isn’t an acceptable option. Instead, consider using […]


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Easy Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can be a particularly devastating type of cancer because, even if the patient survives, the disease may result in visible disfigurement. While it might not be possible to cut your risk down to zero, there are several crucial steps you can take to significantly lower your risk of oral cancer. One of the […]


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Cavity Fillings 101

Cavities, also known as dental caries or tooth decay, are typically diagnosed during routine oral exams. However, they may also be discovered during emergency dental appointments if they are severe enough to cause pain. If your dentist determines that you have a cavity, he or she will treat it with a filling. Here’s a quick […]


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Answering FAQs About Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

A cosmetic dentistry treatment is anything done for the purpose of enhancing the aesthetics of a person’s smile. This is in contrast to treatments done to improve oral health, such as cavity fillings. Some common examples of cosmetic dentistry treatments include teeth whitening, veneers, and gum contouring. If you’re unsure of which cosmetic treatments are […]


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What Your Mouth Tells Your Dentist About Your Health

Each time you visit the dentist, he or she will check for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. This is to be expected, but did you know that your dentist might also pick up on clues to your overall health? Conditions like diabetes, sleep apnea, and eating disorders can all cause telltale […]


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What to Expect When You Get a Porcelain Bridge

Missing teeth are among the most devastating of all oral health problems, both medically and emotionally. You may no longer feel like smiling and you may not feel socially outgoing when you have an incomplete smile. Plus, missing teeth can worsen your oral health by encouraging the loss of bone mass from the jaw. If […]


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Understanding All-on-Four Implant Restorations

Dental implants are often the restoration of choice for treating missing teeth. Since they are anchored directly into the jawbone, they’re a permanent solution. They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Some patients may be good candidates for All-on-Four dental implants. You can talk to your dentist to find out if this […]


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How Does Pregnancy Affect Oral Health?

Pregnancy changes a woman’s body in so many ways. While the growth of the belly is the most obvious change, pregnancy can also effect change in subtler ways, such as by impacting oral health. It’s important for expecting mothers to see a dentist for preventive oral care. Getting regular checkups, exams, and cleanings can reduce […]


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Poor Oral Health and Pancreatic Cancer: How They May Be Linked

Pancreatic cancer is a rare but serious cancer. The causes of this dangerous disease are largely unknown, but researchers have recently uncovered a potential risk factor: Oral bacteria. Although the link between poor oral health and an increased risk of pancreatic cancer is not fully established, there does appear to be a relationship that researchers […]


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FAQs and Answers About TMJ Disorder

Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, connects your jaw and our temporal bones of you skull. Essentially, it is the hinge that moves when you open and close your mouth. Since the TMJ gets a lot of wear and tear, it is prone to developing issues. These issues are usually referred to as TMJ disorders. If […]


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Do You Have These Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can increase your risk of conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes and can even increase the chances that you could be hurt or lose your life in an accident. Sleep apnea happens to men and women alike and can happen to adults and children. Fortunately, […]


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Can Children Get Sleep Apnea?

Many people think of sleep apnea as something that happens to middle-aged men. In reality, it can happen to anyone, including children. Sleep apnea isn’t as common in kids and it is in adults, but it does happen, and it is becoming more prevalent. If your child is suffering from sleep apnea, his or her […]


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Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Your Sleep Apnea Treatment

Do you suffer from constant fatigue during the day? Does your sleep partner complain of chronic snoring? These issues can both be caused by untreated sleep apnea. Consider visiting your dentist to chat about your sleep quality. Your dentist can do an evaluation and recommend appropriate treatment options if you do have sleep apnea. Do […]


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What Are Some Common Causes of Jaw Pain?

If you have chronic or severe jaw pain, and haven’t recently sustained an injury to the area, then it might be caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) causes pain and tenderness at the jaw joints. You have two jaw joints, located on either side of your head underneath your ears. Aside from […]


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Signs You Need a New Sleep Apnea Treatment Plan

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has long been considered the gold standard in treating sleep apnea. And for people with moderate to severe sleep apnea, CPAP is often preferable. But if you’re having trouble with CPAP treatment or it isn’t controlling your disorder well enough, it might be time to consider making a change. Visit […]


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Understanding the Diagnostic Process for Sleep Apnea

There are dozens of sleep disorders that can affect a person’s health and quality of life. One of the most serious sleep disorders is sleep apnea. It occurs when the airway gets blocked during sleep, causing breathing to stop. The brain detects the lack of oxygen and wakes up the patient to restart breathing. If […]


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Technologies that Are Changing the Way You Get Dental Care

Every day, the world around you is growing increasingly high tech, and so is dental care. Many patients prefer to go to a dental office that features sophisticated medical technologies. These innovations offer convenience, comfort, and better oral health. Improving Patient Comfort During Procedures A unique device by Isolite Systems has made old-fashioned bite blocks […]


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FAQs About Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it’s more common than you might think. Many Americans have gingivitis without realizing it, since its symptoms can be subtle. This is one reason why it’s so important to see your dentist at least every six months for a checkup. Your dentist can detect gum disease […]


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What to Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening

Every patient should receive routine oral cancer screenings. Although oral cancer is most common in tobacco users and former users, it can also be caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). This means that oral cancer could potentially affect anyone. Talk to your dentist about having an oral cancer screening. The sooner oral cancer is detected, the […]


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