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Learn Simple Coping Techniques And Overcome Your Fear Of Dentists

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Overcoming your fear of dentists can be imperative for your overall health and well-being. I work with my patients to make their time in my office as comfortable as possible, but a true dental phobia can manifest itself in overwhelming dread before visits, significant anxiety during every appointment, or complete avoidance of the dentist altogether. After years of treating my patients, I have learned coping techniques that I’m happy to share with you in the hopes of reducing your fear and making each visit to my office as relaxing and pleasant as possible. Learn How To Distract...

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Three Common Dental Problems and How to Prevent Them

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If you’ve ever been to my office, then you’ve been reminded to come in for your routine cleanings and screenings. While we love seeing our patients, our goal is actually to keep them out of our office as much as possible by encouraging good dental hygiene practices. This is how we prevent problems before they begin to form. Here are three dental problems I commonly see and suggestions for preventing them. The problem: Tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth, which is why it’s so important to brush and floss twice daily to keep teeth healthy. Sealants can...

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TMJ: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) is the term for problems associated with the temporomandibular joint, which is that bone connecting the jaw to the skull’s temporal bones – the one that lets you move your mouth up and down. When not treated, TMJ can cause serious problems, so here’s what you should know about the condition. What Are the Causes of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder? The exact cause of TMJ is unknown, but its symptoms involve problems with the jaw muscles and the joint. It’s possible that injuries to the joint, the jaw, or other muscles in the head and neck could...

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Tips and Tricks for Keeping Those Teeth Clean on Halloween

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Halloween is fast-approaching, which means my young patients and their parents are gearing up for their favorite fall holiday. They’re designing their costumes, mapping out their trick-or-treat routes, and dreaming of candy…lots of candy! But I frequently find that their parents have another thing on their minds: how to keep kids’ teeth clean and healthy despite all that sugar and chocolate they’re consuming. These tips and tricks will help every parent proactively maintain their kids’ oral health during this sweet time of year and make their local family dentistry practice smile. -...

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