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How to Combat Bruxism: Teeth Grinding

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Bruxism, which is the grinding and clenching of teeth, is a common condition. Ignoring it and failing to combat it could result in damaged enamel, broken teeth, malocclusion, tooth loss, and temporomandibular joint disorder.

Thankfully, there are several ways that you can stop grinding your teeth, and some of them are listed below so you can tackle this problem before it causes severe damage.  

 

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Comparing the Cost of Implants to Fixed Bridgework

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Losing a tooth in an accident or to decay can definitely be traumatizing. Thankfully, your dentist has the tools necessary to restore your smile, as well as prevent other oral problems that could result from missing teeth. Whether you’ve lost just a single tooth or several teeth, you can choose to have dental implants set in place or you can go for fixed bridgework.

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Causes of “Dry Mouth” and How to Relieve It

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The fancy word for “dry mouth” is xerostomia, and this is a condition that’s characterized by a lack of saliva throughout the mouth. Basically, the salivary glands stop producing the normal amount of saliva, leaving the mouth dry and uncomfortable.

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Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth

Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth

Good oral hygiene doesn’t end with your daily brushing routine. What you eat every day can have an impact on the strength of your teeth, as well as the color of your chompers.

So which foods have been deemed the best, and which ones are considered the worst, for tooth health? Take a look at the list below for some helpful pointers.

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Kids First Dentist Visit: Dos and Don'ts

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Going to the dentist can be scary even for adults. So when it’s time to bring your child to their first dental appointment, use the following tips to make the experience as anxiety-free as possible.

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$3,500 Maximum Explained

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Let’s face it: medical insurance, including dental insurance, can be really confusing. For example, when shopping around for the right plan, you’ll come across a slew of details, including what’s known as a maximum amount of coverage. But what is a maximum amount, and how does it affect your coverage?

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How to Avoid Teeth Stains

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Are you dreaming of a white smile? Well, it all starts with knowing what causes your teeth to become stained, and then discovering what you can do to remove stains that have already taken hold.

Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think to maintain a brilliant smile while still indulging in the foods and drinks that you love. We’ve outlined a few simple steps that you can take right away.

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When Is the Right Time to Replace Fillings?

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After your dentist applies a filling to one of your teeth in order to restore its strength and preserve the tooth, you might think that the work is over. But the truth is that the filling won’t last indefinitely. Eventually, the fillings in your teeth will need to be replaced. The question that most patients ask is: when is the right time to replace dental fillings?

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Mouthwash - Is It a Must?

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Rinsing with some minty mouthwash can be a refreshing way to conclude your daily oral hygiene routine at home.

But is mouthwash really necessary? Is it doing anything to promote the health of your teeth and gums?

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How Allergies Can Affect Your Dental Health

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Allergy season brings with it sinus problems, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and other symptoms that make you feel miserable. But did you know that allergies could affect your teeth?

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Spring Cleaning … For Your Mouth

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Spring is the perfect season to refresh your routine and declutter your life. But beyond cleaning your home, you can also focus on some spring cleaning for your mouth.

As the weather warms and the days get longer, incorporate the following tips into your daily life so you can have a sparkling smile by the time summer rolls around.

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How to Prevent Cavities

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Cavities: the word strikes fear in all who hear it. Put simply, when your teeth are frequently exposed to acid, sugars, starches, and bacteria, they can become permanently damaged with cavities. These tiny holes could also be the result of improper oral hygiene, and they can only be treated by your dentist. Left untreated, the holes will grow bigger and begin decaying deeper layers of your teeth, causing more problems, like a toothache, infection, and tooth loss.

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What You Should Know About Your Baby’s Teeth

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For many new parents, the topic of baby teeth causes a host of questions. When will your baby’s teeth start to peek through the gum line? What should you expect when your child to start teething? And what are some of the things that you should know to keep your baby’s mouth healthy?  

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When Dental Implants Are Needed

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Dental implants are one of modern dentistry’s best advancements. Lost a tooth—or multiple teeth—for any reason? No problem! A dental implant looks and functions just like a real tooth, so you can maintain a beautiful smile and continue eating all of your favorite foods just as you did before.

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Oral Care for Babies

Oral Care For Babies

Did you know that experts recommend cleaning your baby’s mouth even before his or her teeth begin to emerge? It’s the first step in oral care for your infant, and it will help ensure an easier transition to brushing when your child is old enough.

If you’re a new parent, don’t worry, as we’ve compiled a list of tips on oral care for babies that will help guide you as your child grows.

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How Coffee Affects Your Dental Health

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Ahh! Nothing beats a warm cup of coffee. It’s energizing and likely an integral part of your routine to get ready for the day. You might even reach for a second cup when you’re feeling that afternoon slump. But how is all of that coffee affecting your dental health, and what can you do to reduce its negative effects on your pearly whites?

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Help Your Kids Maintain Stellar Dental Health

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Good habits start early, so teaching your kids how to properly care for their teeth and gums will help ensure they’ll be able to maintain a healthy smile long into adulthood. Because February is National Children's Dental Health Month, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some time showing your kids how important oral hygiene really is.

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The Connection Between Your Heart Health and Dental Health

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February is American Heart Month, and February 3rd is National Wear Red Day, so there’s no better time to learn more about how to keep your ticker strong. But did you know that, beyond diet and lifestyle, a clean mouth might also help you maintain a healthy heart?

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How Dental Issues Can Detect Other Health Problems

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You thought that getting your teeth cleaned regularly was just to take care of your oral health, but the truth is your dentist could be the first one to notice that something is amiss in another part of your body.

What goes on in your mouth can be very telling when it comes to the state of your overall health, as there are several dental issues that can alert you to other problems, including those listed below.  

 

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Make Time To Use Your Dental Plan in the New Year

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The thing about dental insurance plans is that you have to actually use the benefits they provide within the year; otherwise, you’ll lose those benefits that you paid for every month. No one likes to see their money wasted, so this year, plan to make the most of your dental plan by setting aside time to see your dentist.

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