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Why So Sensitive?

It can come out of nowhere - that sharp, shooting pain in your teeth and gums that is triggered by cold and sometimes even hot foods. It’s sensitive teeth, and believe it or not, it can strike anyone at any time. But what causes sensitive teeth, and what can you do to prevent your teeth from hurting and keeping you from indulging in the hot and cold foods you enjoy?

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What Is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

If you’re lucky, you’ve never experienced a chipped or cracked tooth, but while such injuries are usually one-offs, sometimes it's possible to have more than one chipped or cracked tooth at the same time - without even realizing it. Doesn’t seem possible, does it? But it is. It’s called Cracked Tooth Syndrome, and if it sounds serious, that’s because it is!

Cracked Tooth Syndrome occurs when a tooth or teeth exhibit tiny cracks that are either only visible on X-ray or that fall below the gum line and are extremely difficult to get to. Cracked Tooth Syndrome can affect any of your teeth, but it most frequently occurs in the molars.

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Do This, Don't Do That

 

Everyone wants a healthy, beautiful smile, but sometimes what we do to our teeth and gums can work against us - even when we’re acting with the best of intentions. If you are currently doing any of these oral health behaviors, it’s time to reevaluate your strategy.

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Five Unexpected Health Benefits of Getting Braces

 

When you think about why people get braces, you probably think of the obvious benefit: straighter teeth. But what you may not realize is that wearing braces and undergoing orthodontic treatment has genuine benefits to overall health. So, the next time your teen complains about his or her orthodontics, share these valid reasons why a temporary metal-mouth is so worth the wait.

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Oral Cancer and Diabetes

 

With nearly 10 percent of the population in America suffering from type II diabetes, chances are you’ve already heard a lot about the illness. With an estimated 1.5 million new diagnoses each year, diabetes is now the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. But aside from the dangers of diabetes itself, the disease can also increase your risk of developing a co-morbid or secondary condition. In fact, a new study in the journal Diabetologia has revealed that having diabetes can increase the risk of developing oral cancer in women by 13 percent and their overall risk by 27 percent. The news wasn’t much better for men, with an increased rate of all cancers of 19 percent.

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How Neuromuscular Dentistry Could Save Lives

When you think about temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and how it affects the rest of the body, you may think of migraine headaches, neck and back pain, poor posture, and even tinnitus (ringing in the ears). But what you may not be thinking about could literally kill you.

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Mental Health May Affect Oral Health

When you suffer from a mental health condition, it’s not uncommon for a lot of things to fall to the wayside. From neglecting people and activities you once loved to neglecting hygiene and oral health, mental health disorders can take a toll on more than just your mind. That’s the subject of a new study published by researchers at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

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Don’t Lose That Retainer

 

Let’s face it - losing your retainer is a lot easier than it sounds, and it sounds pretty easy. With their translucent plastic and thin wires, many retainers easily blend into your teeth and gums, but they also blend into many surfaces you put them down on, including the No. 1 place most people, at least kids, lose their retainers: cafeteria lunch trays.

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Does Oral Health Need a Summer Switch-Up?

 

Summertime is here, along with days at the beach, trips to the amusement park, barbecues and camping underneath the stars. But along with all the fun and relaxation the season brings, there are new challenges to your oral health, too. Before you step out the door on that family vacation, check out these oral care tips to keep your smile dazzling all summer long!

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The TMJ/Orthodontic Connection Orthodontists Sometimes Miss

 

When most people undergo orthodontic treatment, they expect the problems in their mouth to go away. As their teeth get straighter, the wear on their teeth becomes more natural and even. Their confidence improves, and everything just feels better. But what many patients don’t realize is that unless their orthodontist is well versed in the muscles and joints of the face and jaw, their happiness over their new smile could be short-lived.

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The TMJD-Mood Disorder Connection

 

You may have heard the term "mind-body connection" and wondered what it meant. The truth is, it has different meanings for different people. For some, it is the connection between spirituality (the mind) and health (the body). For others, it is the power that having a positive attitude can have over keeping the body strong and fighting illness. But when it comes to temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ disorder or simply TMJD, the mind-body connection can have a much different meaning, especially if you happen to have both a TMJD and a mood disorder.

That’s because, believe it or not, your TMJ disorder can heavily influence your mood disorder - and vice versa. Here’s how your brain can wreak havoc on your jaw, and how taking care of one problem - your TMJD or your mental health - can help you improve both.

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What Exactly Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

 

It’s that one seemingly innocent little word that has the potential to cause so much hesitation when it comes to taking care of our teeth: "cosmetic." Cosmetic dentistry might not sound like something for everyone, especially those who already have a healthy, beautiful smile. But believe it or not, cosmetic dentistry isn’t just for people with imperfect teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is for everyone - and it encompasses a wide variety of different procedures.

So, what is considered cosmetic dentistry, anyway?

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May Is National Osteoporosis Month

 

You’ve probably heard of the bone disease osteoporosis. In fact, the debilitating illness affects an estimated 3 million new people each year, most of them women over the age of 60. Osteoporosis is more common in women who are thinner and smaller, meaning it also disproportionately affects women who are Asian and Caucasian than women of other ethnicities.

Osteoporosis literally means "porous bones," but in fact, all bones are porous. The difference between a healthy bone and a bone with osteoporosis, however, is that when you look at a bone with osteoporosis under a microscope, you can see the honeycomb-like webbing of the osteoporosis bones is wider and more porous than it is in a healthy bone.

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About Dr. Simpson: The Importance of Getting to Know Your Provider

Have you ever noticed when you visit our practice that you simply don’t have to wait as long to be seen as you do at other providers? That’s not a coincidence - it’s because, as a dentist, in addition to providing the highest-quality care possible, Dr. Michele Simpson strives to create the most positive experience possible for every patient, every visit. She also loves to get to know her patients on a personal level. Getting to know the patient and finding common interests makes coming to work a lot more fun, but did you know that building a rapport with your medical practitioner can actually improve the quality of your medical care? Here’s how!

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New Report Reveals Startling Disparities in Prison Dental Care

The oral health needs of American prisoners are not being adequately met, according to a report in the American Journal of Public Health. The report highlights a strong correlation between poor oral health among inmates and higher rates of chronic illness among the same population.

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Energy Drinks Sapping the Life from Teeth

What comes to mind when you hear the words "energy drink"? Maybe ,like many, you imagine a rush of endorphins strong enough to power you through an intense workout or soccer game. Maybe it calls to mind that much-needed boost of alertness to push through that late-night study session or due-in-like-two-hours term paper you just started. No matter the image, what it probably doesn’t make you think about is an increased rate of oral health problems and higher rates of obesity. But, according to researchers, these maladies are exactly what those so-called energy drinks are causing.

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April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer is now the eighth most common cancer among men and the 14th most common among women around the world. In countries like India, where there is widespread poverty and limited access to doctors, that number is significantly higher. In fact, it is estimated that a full 30 percent of all cancers in India will be oral cancers by 2020, making it the third most common cancer in the country of over 1.3 billion people.

So, what is causing this increase in oral cancer rates around the globe, and what can you do to protect yourself from this very preventable - but often silent - killer?

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What Is Dental Bonding?

 

When you think of bonding, what comes to mind? Perhaps a nice campfire retreat with your family? Getting acquainted with your new baby? Well, when it comes to dentistry, bonding means something a little different. Dental bonding is a resin composite that is adhered (or bonded) to the tooth to repair chips, cracks, decay and discoloration on the teeth. It’s called bonding because the resin is literally bonded to the tooth, creating a natural-looking surface that is usually undetectable to the naked eye.

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All About Dentures


 

It’s been estimated that up to 40 million American adults wear a full set of dentures - and each year, that number increases. Dentures, both full and partial, are prosthetic teeth that secure to the inside of the mouth to replace teeth that have been lost or that maybe never developed in the first place. But while dentures look a lot like a natural set of teeth, the way you care for them is very different.

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Could Some Mouthwashes Cause Diabetes?


A recent study published in the scientific journal Nitric Oxide has uncovered an alarming link between the mouthwash millions of Americans use every day and the disease diabetes. The study was conducted by the Department of Pathology and Center for Free Radical Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 

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