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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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As more of us are learning that we may suffer from breathing disorders that can lead to sleep apnea, research is showing us that there is a relationship between breathing disorders that can lead to sleep disorders and malocclusion, referred to as bite disorder. We are learning that childhood breathing disorders …

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Self-treating symptoms that you believe are caused by sleep apnea can be dangerous for your health. Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which breathing stops at numerous points while you’re asleep. This leads to increased stress on the body that can result in a host of other conditions—including shortened life …

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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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When you have tightness or tension in your jaw, it can be uncomfortable to say the least. You could be experiencing pain in your neck and throat as well as your jaw. You could also have trouble opening your mouth all the way, or it may even be impossible for you to do this. You may even have symptoms that don’t …

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If you suffer from migraines, you could be experiencing a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and not realize it! Many people who experience tension headaches or migraines will be misdiagnosed when really the problem is located in your jaw, which could be causing your painful migraines. Your dentist …

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is one of the three types of sleep apnea that affect over 18 million Americans. During OSA, you stop breathing due to an obstructed airway. This wakes your body up, often gasping for air, before you fall back asleep and the process begins all over again. You may or may not be aware of …

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Chewing gum has come a long way since it was first introduced. Most chewing gums now are made without sugar, the ingredient that caused dentists to caution their patients against participating in this popular practice! Although many people chew gum to help freshen their breath after a meal, this practice can have …

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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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Although dentures can be a great solution for people who are missing all of their natural teeth (or even only a few natural teeth), they can also pose unique challenges. Our mouths can change over time, and this is especially true for patients who wear dentures. This is because since the jaw bone isn’t being …

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