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Can Bad Teeth Kill You?

Can Bad Teeth Kill You?

by Stephanie Meadows
Some people feel like genetics have cursed them with teeth more susceptible to infection and bacteria, and this might be true in some cases. Some, on the other hand, have been blessed with far more resilient teeth than others. If the former has affected you and you weren’t born with the best set of teeth to begin with, it’s important to be very diligent about your dental hygiene. While it may seem like teeth are not vital organs, you might be surprised to know that a road of poor dental care can lead to a dastardly demise.

Why Your Dentist Might Recommend a Night Guard

Why Your Dentist Might Recommend a Night Guard

by Stephanie Meadows
Did you know that grinding your teeth while sleeping can cause significant jaw pain, tension headaches, and even broken or cracked teeth? A condition known as bruxism, this nighttime grinding movement of the teeth can often go unnoticed and untreated for some time. When someone grinds their teeth, it wears down the teeth, can destroy tooth enamel, and can chip or crack teeth. Once the enamel on teeth has been destroyed or worn away, it cannot be replaced.

 Treating TMJ

Treating TMJ

by Stephanie Meadows
The Temporomandibular joint, also known as your jaw joint or TMJ, is one of the most complex joints in the body, as it is controlled by a structure of muscles, ligaments, and soft tissue. The temporomandibular joints along with your jaw muscles make it possible for you to open and close your mouth. The human jaw is very powerful, able to exert anywhere from 170 to 275 pounds of pressure! When you experience jaw pain or movement, it may not be properly aligned.

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.

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