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Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) plays a major role in many of your everyday functions. This joint is one of the most complex and yet active joints in the body. Every day, your TMJ is responsible for thousands of movements, helping you with chewing, speaking, and even breathing! Since this joint is so essential …

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Although enamel is the strongest substance in the body, this doesn’t mean it’s safe from damage. Enamel is designed to protect your teeth and shelter the nerves and roots within, so it makes sense that cavities and sensitive teeth are common consequences of enamel damage. Here’s the long list of things that damage …

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Your smile is the essence of you. It’s what you show new friends, what boosts your confidence around strangers, and what helps you speak and chew properly. When teeth are discolored, broken, or crooked, we often feel as though we aren’t good enough because of our damaged smile. It’s never too late to make your …

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Many people remember mouthguards as those bulky, uncomfortable things that they had to wear during childhood sports. Buying mouthguards at the store is easy and can be relatively inexpensive, but they’re often the wrong fit for our individual mouths. This not only makes store-bought mouthguards uncomfortable—they …

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Getting older increases our risk for several health problems, including those with our oral health. Even if you’ve been taking great care of your smile for years, you could still experience an increased risk of tooth and gum problems as you age. Visiting your dentist can keep your smile healthy and ready to shine …

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Clenching your teeth is actually part of a condition called bruxism, which is also referred to as teeth grinding. Clenching your teeth is extremely damaging to your teeth, gums, and your jaw. Many people clench their teeth while they sleep, when the force of your jaw will be much greater than it is when you’re …

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Dental veneers are thin shells that are placed over your natural teeth to create a more even, brighter, and healthy-looking smile. Although veneers are made of porcelain and tend to be stain-resistant and strong, it’s still important to take the best possible care of your dental veneers. By getting regular …

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Do you ever wake up with a dull headache—or worse—a migraine? Does your neck often feel stiff and achy, and do you experience jaw pain? What about damaged teeth or irritated gums? These are all signs of bruxism, or teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is a harmful habit that’s extremely damaging to your teeth and gums. …

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E-cigarettes have become a popular alternative to conventional cigarettes. Although they’ve allowed many people to avoid cigarettes, they still utilize nicotine. The adjustable amounts of this highly addictive poison that are used in e-cigarettes can still harm your smile. It’s important to note that since …

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Do you ever wake up with headaches or a tender jaw? You could be suffering from symptoms of bruxism, or teeth grinding. Bruxism occurs most often at night, but can also occur during the day in times of stress or anxiety. Bruxism is also a symptom of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder. TMJ happens …

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