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Exercise and Dental Health

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Can exercise and Vitamin D give us a happier and healthier smile? In short, yes. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Dentistry have both published studies that give us some good guidelines regarding Vitamin D, Exercise and our dental health. In short, regular exercise and elevated levels of Vitamin D have shown to reduce the likelihood of gum disease, increasing overall dental health. How does regular exercise and Vitamin D help our dental health? People who exercise regularly typically have improved blood sugar regulation which might contribute to their lower incidence of gum disease. Vitamin D might improve dental health through its anti-inflammatory action. By comparison, a diet high in sugar increase risk of diabetes both of which...
Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

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Why do we have wisdom teeth? Although formally known as 'third molars', we know them as wisdom teeth. They are called that because they appear much later than the other teeth, at an age where people are presumably "wiser" than as a child, when the other teeth come in. It is thought that wisdom teeth used to help us in grinding down plant tissue when the skulls of human ancestors had larger jaws with more teeth. As human diets changed, smaller jaws gradually evolved, yet the third molars, or "wisdom teeth", still commonly develop in human mouths. The wisdom teeth are the last to come through, at the back of the jaw.  They usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25 but can sometimes appear many years later. Today many people have a jaw that is too small for...
Jaw Pain

Jaw Problems, Headaches and Dental Malocclusions

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Do you have persistent mouth or jaw aches? What about headaches? If you are constantly suffering from pain in the neck, jaw or head it may be time to talk to your dentist. You could be suffering from a 'dental malocclusion' or misalignment of your teeth or jaw. Many people suffer from some kind of imperfect occlusion. Most of us unconsciously adjust the way we hold our mouths and the way we bite and chew. This may work in the short term but over time it will only exacerbate the problem as those muscles and bones will wear out become damaged. How can you tell if you are suffering from a malocclusion? Some symptoms might include flattened or worn teeth, broken teeth, fillings and crowns, loose teeth, sensitive teeth or toothache with no evidence of a cavity. Most...
Guatemala Mission Trip

Back from Guatemala!

Our time serving our new friends in Guatemala was a tremendous experience that we would not trade. During our time on this mission trip we were able to provide much needed dental care to more than 800 children and more than 50 adults. While it is always challenging work, it is never 'hard' because the blessing we give and receive far outweigh the effort and energy expended. The travel. The culture adjustments. The difficulty communicating. It's all worth it knowing that we are equipped and able to help so many people receive first-class care for healthy teeth and bright smiles. Thank you to all of you who supported us financially and through prayers. We could not have done it without you and have the deepest gratitude for your love and kindness.
Sensitive Teeth

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

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Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. Sensitivity in your teeth can happen for several reasons, including: Tooth decay (cavities) Fractured teeth Worn fillings Gum disease Worn tooth enamel Exposed tooth root In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow...

The Art of Sedation Dentistry

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Pain free dental care is a true art form. We understand that a lot of people fear dentists. There is no reason you should not receive comfortable dental care. Finding a dentist that listens to you is a priority when it comes to finding the best dental care. Most dentists will listen, and they can offer many options to help you cope with any anxiety that you may feel concerning your visit. Relax in Total Comfort Dental anxiety is common among children and adults alike. Some cases are worse than others. When you contact your dentist, it is important to discuss your concerns. They will be able to offer sedation choices that will make your visit a whole lot easier. One of the most common choices of sedation is the use of nitrous oxide. Otherwise known as laughing...
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Back-to-School Dental Checklist

As we near the end of the summer, it's time to start thinking about new shoes, clothes and backpacks. Just remember that in all of the back-to-school excitement, a dental checkup can be one of the most important things you do to help your children throughout the year. Below, we've listed a number of easy ways that you can prepare for and maintain a happy, healthy mouth throughout the school year. 1. Get a back-to-school checkup By having an end-of-summer checkup we can prepare your child's teeth to be their healthiest and strongest going into the school and holiday seasons. Not only will we clean off all the summer sugary indulgences, we will be able to find any cavities or potential trouble spots and take care of them before they become a nuisance. Often times,...