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Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a general name for a variety of symptoms which can have a variety of causes. It’s often known as TMJ, for Temporomandibular Joint (Syndrome) and is a very common problem. The jaw joint The lower jaw is attached to the skull near the temples, and when it closes, the teeth should meet smoothly, with an even pressure and no discomfort. If teeth are misaligned and the jaw closes in an unstable or uncomfortable way, the muscles, tendons and ligaments related to the… Read More

Orthodontic treatment

Why Braces? There are many benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This can result in tooth decay, worsen gum disease and lead to tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints. These can lead to chronic headaches and face or neck pain. Orthodontic treatment can be less… Read More

Oral cancer

Your dentist is also trained to spot signs of oral cancer – that is, cancer of the lips, gums, tongue and inside of the mouth. Oral cancer checks are now routinely included in your dental checkup. To do a proper assessment, your dentist must ask about your medical history and conduct an oral cancer exam. If your dentist detects a suspicious lesion, he or she may take a biopsy and refer you to a specialist. About 80 percent of oral cancer patients survive when the disease… Read More

Building healthy oral habits

Developing oral hygiene habits starts before your baby has teeth. Wiping your baby’s gums after feeding with a clean, damp cloth will help your baby get used to having their mouth cleaned after eating. If you feel that your baby needs to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup, fill it with water only. Other liquids like juice or milk encourage the growth of bacteria which cause tooth decay. After feeding and mouth cleaning, lift your baby’s lip to look for changes in the color of… Read More


Bruxism or grinding of the teeth and clenching can damage your teeth and jaw joints (TMJ), your dental work and ruin your smile. Some may clench while under stress or when lifting heavy objects. Many of us clench while we are asleep. It is an unconscious habit and many of us don’t even realize we’re doing it. Bruxism can exert as much as 600 pounds of force per square inch (10 times the force registered during normal chewing). That’s enough force to crack a walnut! Habitually clenching… Read More

Your kid’s teeth

The average healthy adult visits the dentist twice a year. The average healthy 2-year-old has never been to the dentist. By kindergarten, 25 percent of children have never seen a dentist, yet dental decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease in America. The culprit? A combination of misinformation about when a child should first visit the dentist, when a parent should start caring for a child’s teeth and the frequent and long-term exposure of sugary liquids to a child’s teeth. A child should first… Read More

Soft drinks

Most soft drinks contain acids such as citric, phosphoric and malic or tartaric acids. These acids are what give the drink the refreshing “bite” or “sting” and at the same time preserving the “quality” and sweetness of the drink. A study was done where extracted human teeth were placed in cola drinks. Within two days, the teeth became very soft and the enamel surface lost much of its calcium. If you think you would brush your teeth after drinking soft drinks, hear this: Brushing your teeth… Read More

Bad breath, begone!

There are two types of bad breath: Transient bad breath and chronic bad breath. Most of us suffer from transient bad breath at some point or another – common causes are smoking, eating smelly foods like onions or garlic, and failing to brush and floss regularly. “Morning breath” is a familiar example of transient bad breath. Fortunately, avoiding transient bad breath is simple. Follow these guidelines and you can stop chugging those breath mints with a mouthwash chaser: Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste –… Read More

Baby bottle tooth decay

Although tooth decay is not as common as it used to be, it is still one of the most common diseases in children. Many children still get cavities. While fluoridated drinking water and fluoride-containing toothpaste have helped to improve the oral health of both children and adults, regular tooth brushing and a well-balanced diet are still very important to maintaining good oral health. Primary, or baby, teeth commonly begin to come in or erupt in a baby’s mouth at about 4 to 6 months of age… Read More

Is Ibuprofen safe?

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Physicians and dentists have been using ibuprofen to treat headaches and mild to moderate pain for years. Some mild side effects do exist. The most common one is gastrointestinal discomfort. Ibuprofen can irritate the stomach lining and may lead to stomach ulcers. Patients being treated with hypertension should also be cautious since Ibuprofen may increase blood pressure. Other common side effects include constipation, diarrhea, gas or bloating, dizziness, nervousness, and ringing in the ears. Seek medical attention is these symptoms do… Read More