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How a Dentist Can Save Your Life: Oral Cancer

How a Dentist Can Save Your Life: Oral Cancer

by Stephanie Meadows
Regular dental checkups can pay off in various ways. For example, dentists can spot signs of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, along with a variety of rare skin and autoimmune diseases. Since people typically visit their dentists more often than they visit other doctors (normally at least 1-2 times per year), regular check-ups can lead to early diagnosis and early treatment. All of which means that your dentist can do much more than save your teeth and gums. Your dentist can save your life in more ways than one.

Odd Reasons You Might Want to See Your Dentist: Mouth Guards and Snoring

Odd Reasons You Might Want to See Your Dentist: Mouth Guards and Snoring

by Stephanie Meadows
Are you zoning out or daydreaming at work? Having trouble concentrating? Are you waking up frequently during the night? Do you often get sleepy, or even fall asleep when you shouldn’t? A sleep specialist is the number one person you may think of going to for help, but your dentist could be the one you need to turn to. You are thinking, how can my dentist help with sleep? The answer might surprise you, because some sleep conditions can be related to how your jaw and bite affect breathing.

The Dangers of Teeth Whitening

The Dangers of Teeth Whitening

by Stephanie Meadows
Enamel is what gives your teeth their white color when you are born, including both your baby and adult teeth. Of course, your teeth aren’t 100 percent white, but they do have a brighter sheen to them when you are young. This is mainly because you have not yet been exposed to all the things that can dull your enamel’s shine.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

by Stephanie Meadows
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most heavily utilized joints in the human body. Mechanically, the TMJ is what allows you to open and close your mouth, and to a lesser extent, extend and move your jaw from side to side. Functionally, it facilitates eating, talking, and facial expressions. Like so many parts of the human body, the TMJ usually only receives attention when something goes wrong.

Tooth Decay and Fillings

Tooth Decay and Fillings

by Stephanie Meadows
When we were younger, and even up until now, the dentist told us to always brush our teeth twice a day, as our oral hygiene is important for a healthy smile, but our overall health as well. Even after trying our best to prevent cavities or tooth decay, sometimes the dentist finds a little cavity or two at a cleaning or check-up. Tooth decay is not always visible to the naked eye, but when it is, even if you feel no pain, procrastinating on getting treatment from your dentist can come with a price.

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