Can Crooked Teeth Give You A Headache?

woman with headache from crooked teethUnexplained headaches can be more than just a a pain in the neck, and may actually be a good reason to see your dentist. Many chronic headache sufferers are unaware that they may actually be experiencing “dental headaches” as a result of crooked teeth, aka malocclusion. Teeth that do not line up properly put you at risk of developing TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorders. This results in discomfort radiating from your neck and jaw, potentially triggering chronic headaches, migraines and several other complications. (more…)

Bruxism Q&A

man learning about bruxismGrinding your teeth can become a difficult habit to break. Often, bruxism remains undiagnosed until you notice serious symptoms, causing pain and discomfort. Fortunately, many cases do not need treatment and will subside on their own. However, some severe cases of bruxism may be associated with TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. If you suspect you are suffering from bruxism, visit your dentist for a thorough examination to prevent possible complications. (more…)

Healthy Food Choices Can Benefit Your Oral Health

healthy foods good for oral healthYour diet plays a huge role in your overall health. Good oral health starts with a balanced diet, which helps to maintain the strength of your teeth and keep tooth decay at bay. By eating nutrient dense food, instead of unhealthy options, your mouth will be better equipped to combat harmful, acid producing bacteria that naturally live in your mouth. Foods that are low in sugar, and high in water content, help to starve and rinse away some of these bacteria for further protection. (more…)

The Importance of Preventive Dental Care

important preventive careCaring for one’s teeth and gums to keep them in a healthy state is the practice of preventive dentistry. Preventive care helps you avoid gum disease, worn enamel, tooth decay and more. There are many types of preventive care, but the most important is what you can do at home. Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste is essential to keeping your smile healthy, clean, and white. Visiting your dentist twice a year, or as often as recommended, is also extremely important to your oral health. (more…)

Understanding Dental Crown Basics

gold crown on whiteDental crowns are one of the most common forms of restorative dentistry. There are several different types of crowns to choose from, based on your specific needs. Many options are natural-looking and impressively long-lasting. Crowns are not only used to replace damaged teeth, but also to create a better appearance. If you choose to have a crown placed, rest assured that it will be specifically tailored to your mouth, and will match your natural teeth. Many people opt for dental crown placement because of their excellent success rate and ease of care. (more…)

FAQ: Treating a Toothache

when to treat a toothacheToothaches are no laughing matter. They can be minor, or severe enough to affect your whole day. Many people suffer through oral pain because they are unaware of how to properly treat a toothache. If the pain is severe, do not postpone visiting your dentist. In some cases, toothaches can be safely treated at home until your dentist can be reached. Most toothaches can be prevented by consistently practicing good oral hygiene and scheduling bi-annual visits to your dentist for preventive care. (more…)

The Ins and Outs of Cavity Prevention

healthy smile through cavity preventionDental cavities are one of the most common oral health problems treated across the world today. Cavities are caused by tooth decay, also known as dental caries. Tooth decay is a process that begins with acids that are produced by oral bacteria, which eat away the protective layer of your tooth, called enamel. If left unchecked for too long, this process will result in a dental cavity. When cavity prevention is not consistently practiced, the result can be a sometimes painful and serious oral health concern. (more…)

The Truth About Dental Plaque

guy grossed out by dental plaqueEverybody has dental plaque at some point, so what’s the big deal, you might ask? Without proper maintenance, plaque buildup can cause an array of potentially serious oral health problems that you should want to avoid. The best way to keep your mouth healthy is to become informed, and consistently practice proper hygiene techniques. Besides brushing and flossing twice a day, routine visits to your family dentist are also necessary to clean up the plaque that your toothbrush leaves behind. (more…)

Can Snoring Cause Depression?

Snore CoupleSnoring is often thought of as humorous, at least when depicted amongst stooges or cartoon ducks. In reality, snoring can cause those you share space with to miss out on precious sleep. It can also be a sign of a potentially dangerous condition called obstructive sleep apnea. When you start losing enough sleep on a consistent basis, you could begin to feel downright depressed. Could there be a connection between lack of sleep and depression?

Defining Insomnia

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More-Than-Embarrassing Facts About Bad Breath

young woman worried about bad breathFormally known as halitosis, bad breath is something you can’t just ignore, no matter how much you might like to. The truth is, it’s embarrassing, and if it has lasted long enough, you may be ready to try almost anything to be rid of it. One of the more interesting (and positive) facts about bad breath is that it can often be cured with better hygiene, or by simply avoiding pungent foods. However, there are also plenty of worrisome facts about bad breath that make it more than just embarrassing, but also a serious cause for concern, in some cases. (more…)