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Bruxism is a condition in which you grind your teeth, whether knowingly or unknowingly. For most people, bruxism happens during sleep and they’re not even aware that they have this harmful habit. For others, bruxism happens during times of stress while awake, and for others still, they may grind their teeth while …

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Having snacks throughout the day is a very normal habit that most people engage in. However, if you’re snacking constantly, this practice could be harming your smile more than you think. While eating, your mouth produces saliva to help you chew and swallow food. Saliva also helps to prevent plaque from building up …

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Menopause is the start of hormone changes that end a woman’s menstrual cycle and her fertility. Menopause can begin as early as the 40s, although the specific age that menopause happens will vary from woman to woman. Hormone changes—namely decreasing estrogen—in the body can impact a woman’s entire body, including …

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Lumineers and porcelain veneers are very similar cosmetic choices for your smile. Porcelain veneers are made of a durable ceramic material that’s thin yet provides a strong, attractive solution to tooth appearance that may be impacted by chips, stains, or unusually shaped teeth. Meanwhile, Lumineers are made of a …

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Most people are familiar with the common symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. These symptoms include jaw pain, muscle tension in the jaw, neck, shoulders, or back, headaches, and clicking and popping noises when moving the jaw. However, since the temporomandibular joint is so close to the …

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An estimated 20% of people experience dental anxiety, but less than half this number experience dental phobia, a severe fear that prevents people from going to the dentist entirely. Dental anxiety and dental phobia prevent patients all over the world from seeking the preventative care they need as well as …

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are any disorders that encompass the complex joint in your body that connects your upper jaw to your lower jaw. Although necessary, the TMJ has the potential to cause chronic pain and discomfort, especially if you have a misaligned bite. A TMJ disorder is best diagnosed by a …

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Plaque is a substance that’s constantly forming in our mouths. It results from our oral bacteria feeding on what we eat—and plaque is a waste product of that process. Plaque can feel like something fuzzy covering your teeth, but is more or less invisible until it builds up. Removing plaque daily is an essential …

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Dental implants are an excellent replacement for missing teeth, but not all dental implants are created equal. Different materials may be used for the actual implants, making them more compatible for people with different types of sensitivities. What kinds of materials are used for dental implants? Here’s why not …

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Wisdom teeth—the third molars in the very back of your mouth that don’t come in until the latter teenage years—are a nuisance for many people. Although not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed, many people experience impacted wisdom teeth that are painful and cause problems. Do we really need our …

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