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Nighttime Grinding

And the Stress Factor Dentists and researchers aren’t completely agreed about the cause of nightly tooth-grinding or bruxism. But they are aligned on two points: at least partly, it’s related to daily stress, and it’s happening to more people. It may sound funny, but it’s no joke: without food to absorb the impact, teeth can […]

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Dental Checkup

Your Mouth Says A Lot at Your Checkup

Without Speaking A Word! Looking into your open mouth, we see so much more than teeth. In many ways, it’s a window into the health of your entire body. Things like vitamin and mineral deficiencies are easily detected—and just as easily treated. Problems that might in the future become serious are spotted and responded to. […]

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Dental X-Ray and Mirror

X-Rays From Our Perspective

X-Rays are critical to the practice of dentistry. And the benefits are profound. But dentists are sometimes guilty of dismissing patient concerns, as in, “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine.” We do believe the judicious use of X-Rays is in our patients’ best interests. But patients deserve to know why. Radiography begins Wilhelm Roentgen, fiddling around […]

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Fluoride Coating

Fluoride, the Story

Sifting Fact From Belief Dental researchers call it The Fluoride Story—the most dramatic turnaround of a population’s dental health in history. So far. The Fluoride Story began as one of many smaller, ongoing stories. And we have research to thank. In university laboratories in the US and Canada, in dental products labs, in national science […]

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The Perils of a Bad Bite

No, we’re not talking about being attacked by a junkyard dog. That’s perilous enough. The bite in question here is your own bite—the way your lower teeth and your upper teeth come together. A bad bite can be responsible for several woes you might not necessarily connect, like headaches, unsightly teeth, and TMJ disorder. Let’s […]

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Woman with Bruxism

Bruxism, the Unknown Habit

It’s such a common habit, yet most of the time we never know we’re doing it. Not cracking your knuckles or biting fingernails, but intense clenching and grinding of your teeth—known in dental terminology as bruxism. The reason this phenomenon goes unnoticed so often is that “grinders” usually perform when they’re sleeping. Most research agrees […]

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Do Not Share Toothbrushes

Don’t Share Your Toothbrush!

One of the tenets of good dental health is obvious—Brush your teeth after every meal. This can help keep your mouth healthy throughout a long life. Another rule should be just as carefully observed: Do NOT use someone else’s toothbrush. Sharing toothbrushes can shorten your life. Be safe, not sorry. But what about emergencies, when […]

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Woman Biting Her Nails

Bad Oral Habits Explained

Tooth-related habits, too, can be conscious (brushing and flossing) or unconscious—chewing on pencils, for example. Dental habits become bad when teeth are expected to do things they’re not cut out for—opening bottles, chewing off the little plastic tags on new clothing, trimming nails, and so on. And bad dental habits can be downright dangerous. To […]

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Water Filter

To Prevent Cavities…

Don’t filter out fluoride! In the years since fluoride first was added to city water supplies, dentists have seen tooth decay in kids cut in half. Fluoride really works! If you’ve got youngsters at home, make sure they get all the decay-fighting fluoride they need. There’s nothing wrong with home water filtration systems or bottled […]

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MI Paste on Toothbrush

Ask About MI Paste

MI Paste, a calcium-phosphate remineralizing paste, is a safe and effective way to treat a variety of oral health conditions. It may also be the most effective way to reduce cavities in mature adults, especially when combined with the use of high-fluoride toothpastes. MI Paste can be used to: Reduce high oral acid levels, either […]

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