When Stress Affects Your Mouth

You may not even be aware of it — but stress can actually affect your mouth!  If you find yourself overwhelmed at your job or life got you frazzled, it may be worth reevaluting so stress doesn’t also bring down your smile!  There’s more and more evidence linking stress with gum disease, bruxism and even mouth sores.  Your dentist is able to aid in detecting these oral stress symptoms, but we’re here to help you even before your 6 month routine visit!

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Do You Suffer from Headaches or Sore Teeth and Jaw?

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Why is Saliva Important Anyway?

Saliva may be made mostly of water, but there are other helpful substances in there that really go to work in keeping your mouth functioning properly.  Normally, the body makes up to 2 to 4 pints of saliva a day!  Some people suffer from dry mouth, which is not only uncomfortable, but is a welcome wagon for germs and bad breath.  We can help those people with special recommendations and medication suggestions to get their saliva back on Team Oral Health.  Keep in mind chewing foods (we recommend sugarless gum) is the most efficient way to stimulate salivary flow and most people create the most saliva in the late afternoon.

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Is a Sonicare Toothbrush Worth The Extra Money?

So we’ve had people ask what’s the big deal with these electric toothbrushes?  Is a Sonicare toothbrush worth the extra money especially when we’re handing you a toothbrush for free?  This is a valid question and one that will depend on your own personal skills.  To help gauge if your skills are reeeeeeeeally up to par, see if you pass this simple proper brushing checklist.

Proper Brushing Checklist:

• Do you brush for at least two minutes?  That’s right, two full minutes.  That’s 120 seconds!  Most adults do not even come close to brushing that long. It’s probably a lot longer than you think too!  Go ahead and take out your handy-dandy smart phone and time yourself next time.  Most electric toothbrushes are timed so you know just how long to keep brushing. Continue Reading…

Why Did My Teeth Cleaning Hurt?

Painful-teeth-cleaningHave you ever switched hygienists or waited awhile in between cleanings and noticed a big difference in the pain?  Did you leave the office feeling your teeth cleaning hurt too much or missing the good ol’ days when your hygienist was gentle?   Let us be the first to say we are not jabbing you with metal probes trying to make you bleed or cause you any unnecessary pain!

But the truth of the matter is, most of the time you are experiencing pain or tasting blood is due to your own poor oral health.  Ok ok – I know what you’re thinking.  We’re just pointing the finger at you, but let us explain!  Continue Reading…

You Have TMJ

You-Have-TMJYup – you heard us right.  We are officially diagnosing you with a TMJ, but it’s nothing to be concerned about!  It’s a common misconception that TMJ means you are having jaw problems, when in actuality the ‘J’ only stands for joint.  Everyone has joints in the their jaw!  So you may be off the hook!  it actually doesn’t become a problem until you are diagnosed with TMD which stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

According to WebMD, your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear.  It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint.

Temporomandibular disorders can have many different signs and symptoms, from mild to severe. Some patients may have symptoms but are still able to function fully.  TMDs appear to be more common in women.

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Is Natural Toothpaste Better?

Are you the type of person that dissects the ingredients list of everything?  Would rather make your own candles?  Can list your favorite essential oils?  Or just really love the idea of all-natural products?  Well then you may perk up at the thought of natural toothpaste and really wonder “Is natural toothpaste better for me?”.  We have had more and more patients inquire about the pros and cons and just like with anything, it’s not for everyone.  But the world likes options and we like to keep our patients in the know of these options.  It does break down to each individual and catering to your specific wants and needs.  Oddly enough the pros and cons are the same…let us explain why: Continue Reading…

Mouthguards Now Used to Track Head Impact

ATTENTION ATHLETES!  It’s getting to be mouthguard season again!  Exactly one year ago, we told you Why Your Child Needs a Mouthguard and now we have more to report!  Mouth protection is still just as important as shoulder pads and shin guards when it comes to your sports body armor.  Mouthguards are a great way to help prevent damaged teeth and nerves and possibly even losing a tooth! But what if you could do even more with your mouthguard and actually track the intensity of each hit on the field?!  Well now you can!

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Do You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush After Strep Throat?

Strep-Throat-ToothbrushIf you’ve ever experienced strep throat, you know that it’s THE WOOOOOOOORST!  Anything that can cause you to not even enjoy food is an absolute nightmare in my opinion.  Our hygienist Amy recently experienced this sick saboteur when her daughter caught the bug this week.  As you can see it was not pretty. Continue Reading…

What Lipstick Can do for Whitening Your Smile

If you’re anything like me — you want that BRIGHT white smile all of the time.  I mean who is to say when Mr. Right might be around the corner or you’ll run into an old friend that needs to be reminded of just how great you truly are?  I’m a firm believer in staying ready and looking extraordinary.  But when it comes to your smile, maybe you’re also like me and have a coffee addiction, or find yourself sipping on wine, tea or any of the other many culprits that triggers teeth staining.  What a drag!  You don’t want to whiten your teeth too often,  but as a woman we have the miracle that is makeup!  HALLELU’!  Did you know that different shades of lipstick can actually affect how white your teeth look?  It’s no accident that the striking lady in the toothpaste commercial is sporting that bright red lipstick.  Maybe it’s Maybelline…but maybe it’s the science of color!  Check out the proof right here of what lipstick can do for whitening your smile:

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