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Should You Be Wearing a Nighttime Mouth Guard?

Have you ever woken up in the morning, only to have a sore jaw? That is more common than you may think. It happens when you clench or grind your teeth in your sleep. You wake up in the morning, and not only do your teeth sometimes ache, but your jaw, and often the jaw joint (the TMJ) are quite sore. When this happens, you will likely be recommended to wear a nighttime mouth guard to help protect your teeth. Benefits of Wearing a Nighttime Mouth Guard When you wear a nighttime mouth guard, you allow your mouth to rest like it should in your sleep. It helps to protect your teeth from involuntary...

Could Your Smile Benefit from You Using a Straw?

Teeth stains are unsightly, and commonly cause a person to lose confidence in themselves. They smile less, because they do not want to face the embarrassment that comes with people seeing the stains. When that happens, it can lead to struggles both personally and professionally. Did you know that something as simple as a straw can help your confidence by allowing your teeth to avoid staining? It’s true! Benefits of Using a Straw to Drink Through When you drink through a straw, the enamel of your teeth has the opportunity to come into less contact with what you are drinking. This means that the...

The Basics of Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene/dental hygiene means the overall maintenance of the mouth, gums and teeth. It includes daily maintenance at home as well as regular dental checkups and professional teeth-cleaning treatments. Just as it is important for you to brush and floss your teeth regularly, it is equally important that you get professional cleanings done from your dentist/dental hygienist. This is the best way of keeping your natural teeth for years to come. The Oral Hygiene Process Regardless of how religiously and meticulously you brush & floss every day, over time there will be a build-up of calculus...