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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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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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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders constitute a range of problems that occur with the temporomandibular joint. This joint is located just in front of each ear and is imperative to successful movement of your jaw. Without it, speaking and chewing would be impossible! An estimated 10 million people experience …

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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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Halitosis, the technical term for bad breath, happens to all of us at times. That morning you were in such a hurry you forgot to brush, the time you ate garlic bread at the team lunch. It’s normal at times depending on your oral health habits. However, experiencing chronic bad breath is not normal. If you find …

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What Is Holistic Dentistry, and Is it Right for You? You may have heard friends or family mention holistic dentistry. But what exactly is it? Holistic dentistry is a field of dentistry in which dentists believe that your entire body is affected by your oral health. Although holistic dentistry doesn’t necessarily …

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If you had braces as a child or teenager, you probably aren’t anxious to repeat the experience. Although cumbersome for some teens, most adults are happy that they received treatment and have a straight smile today. But what happens when you already had braces as a kid but need them again as an adult? Here are a …

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Dental fluorosis is a condition in which white spots or lines appear on the teeth. Although not painful or otherwise harmful, dental fluorosis can be an unpleasant condition for those who have noticeably whiter spots on their teeth. Here’s everything you need to know about this common condition that affects 1 in 4 …

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Having sensitive teeth is often a lifelong burden that causes pain when a person eats or drinks something hot or cold. However, people who experience tooth sensitivity can often experience pain even when eating sweet or spicy foods, or just breathing cold air. Tooth sensitivity happens as a result of enamel …

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In a word: yes! Any type of diet affects your body, not just your dental health. When it comes to healthy teeth and gums, vegetarians need to be sure they’re getting adequate nutrition to support their pearly whites. Vegetarians tend to be much healthier than meat eaters, but their dental health can suffer if …

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