Sleep is essential to so many functions in your body. It helps balance hormones, supports memory processing in the brain, and repairs tissues. Without enough sleep, the immune system can’t function properly, and even brain functions such as problem solving and memory are impaired. But did you know that...
Chipping or cracking a tooth is never fun. Some people will experience pain when they injure a tooth, while others may not realize there’s a problem until the chip or crack causes other issues, such as a tooth infection. If you’ve chipped or cracked a tooth, it’s important to...
A root canal is when your dentist removes the pulp inside your tooth and seals it with a biocompatible material. The pulp consists of nerves and blood vessels that help keep your tooth alive. However, certain situations can cause the pulp of your tooth to die or become infected, which can compromise...
If you’re a snorer, you could have an underlying health problem called sleep apnea. There are different types of sleep apnea, including obstructive, central, and mixed, with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) being the most common. During obstructive sleep apnea, your airway partially collapses, which makes it difficult for air to go in and...
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a harmful condition that millions of people suffer from. Teeth grinding can put significant pressure on your teeth, leading to fractures, gum inflammation, and even loose teeth. Bruxism commonly happens during sleep, but people often experience daytime teeth grinding as well. Fortunately, there are...
Dental emergencies are never fun. Whether you’ve had a fall, been in an accident, or are suddenly having an intense toothache, dental emergencies can take many forms and require professional treatment to fix. While avoiding a dental emergency isn’t always possible, there are a few steps you can take to minimize your...
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), located on each side of your face just below your ears, is one of the most complex joints in the human body. Thanks to these joints, your jaw can open and close and move from side to side. Without your temporomandibular joints, chewing, speaking, yawning, and laughing would...
Bright, white teeth can make you look younger and boost your self-confidence, while stained teeth are often associated with aging and unhealthy smiles. There are many different reasons, both internal and external, that teeth can discolor . Internal factors involve something going on inside the body or teeth that’s causing the discoloration,...
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, often simply referred to as TMJ or TMD, are a set of disorders in which the joints that allow your jaw to move don’t work properly. People with TMJ can still open and close their mouths, but not without some discomfort. For others, the mouth will only open...
Snoring happens when your breathing during sleep is partially obstructed, which makes the soft tissues that support your airway vibrate as air passes through. The sound can be soft or loud, but for people living with someone who snores, it can be a very annoying challenge to deal with! If you snore...