The Smile Journal

Can Neuromuscular dentistry cure your headaches?

Having the perfect bite is so much more than having straight teeth and a sparkling, good-looking smile. Correcting dental problems can take pressure off of your neck, back, jaw and spine. Neuromuscular dentistry can help with all these problems and can reduce pain significantly. Researchers estimate that nearly 10 million Americans are affected by temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ).1 And 10 percent of the population is dealing with pain from teeth grinding.2 From neck pain and jaw clenching to joint pain, nervousness and insomnia, neuromuscular dentistry can help free people from a life of pain.

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Beautiful Veneers: A Great Way to Get a Great-Looking Smile

Having beautiful teeth isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling good, too. Multiple studies have shown when your teeth and smile look great, you have more self-confidence and greater self-esteem. And what’s more, the people around you take notice. Research shows people who have attractive teeth and smiles are viewed as more successful, more confident, healthier, wealthier and, yes, even smarter.

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6 Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Dental Anxiety

Everyone knows how important it is for kids to visit the dentist every six months. The consequences of not having regular dental care, especially during the critical growth and development years, just sets the stage for more problems down the road. A better solution: Try applying some of these tips - as early in your child’s life as possible - to nip dental anxiety in the bud so seeing the dentist isn’t a stressful experience for your child - or you.

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Straighter Teeth in Less Time? Here's How Invisalign® Works

Just 20 years ago, if you’d wanted straighter teeth and a more attractive smile, you would have had one option: Braces. For most people that would mean a few years of wearing metal bands or ceramic brackets attached by thin metal wires and seeing the orthodontist every few weeks to have them tightened. Brushing and flossing would have been really difficult, and if you want to munch on some corn on the cob - well, forget about it.

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Fear of the Dentist? Sedation Dentistry Can Help!

Does the thought of going to the dentist make you anxious? Maybe so anxious you wind up waiting until a painful toothache forces you to schedule an appointment or avoiding the dentist entirely? Well then, you’re in good company. About 15 percent of men and women suffer from what’s known as “dental phobia,” a level of fear and anxiety that’s intense enough to cause them to postpone getting the care they need to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

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Chronic Headaches? It Could Be TMJ

Headaches are a leading medical issue among both men and women in the U.S., accounting for the lion’s share of doctor’s visits each year. While some chronic and recurrent headaches may be caused by stress or problems with the neurological or circulatory systems (like migraines), a lot of headaches are due to temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ, and despite its really long name, it can be surprisingly easy to treat - as long as you get treatment early.

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Implants vs. Dentures vs. Bridges: Which Option Is Right for You?

Replacing a missing tooth (or several) is important not just for your appearance and self-confidence, but also for your oral health. That’s because even a single missing tooth can eventually lead to a whole host of oral health problems, including more missing teeth over time. Fortunately, when it comes to replacing a lost tooth, you have more than one option. While dentures and bridges are both popular - and traditional, implants are emerging as a preferred option for many men and women looking for an option that looks and feels more like their own natural teeth.

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Dental Care....For Your Toothbrush!

We talk a lot about the various preventative measures you can take to ensure a healthy smile, but one superstar rarely gets the spotlight it deserves: your hardworking toothbrush. Do you know how often it should be replaced, how it should be stored, and the difference between sanitizing and sterilizing your brush? If not, now's a great time to learn! Taking care of the tools that you use to take care of your teeth is a must - otherwise you could be wasting effort or even harming your teeth. Here's how to keep that brush in A+ condition for each and every sinkside session:

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“But It’s Just One Tooth”: How a Single Missing Tooth Can Lead to a Mouthful of Problems

Tooth loss in the U.S. is a serious health problem. In fact, the American College of Prosthodontists reports that about 178 million men and women are missing at least one tooth, and about 40 million adults have no natural teeth. Although tooth decay and trauma are responsible for some adult tooth loss, gum disease is by far the biggest cause - in fact, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults.

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Is Whitening Right For You?

A popular and affordable form of cosmetic dentistry, tooth whitening is a non-surgical procedure that results in whiter, cleaner looking teeth. If you're thinking about paying for whiter teeth but feel vain about it, take comfort in knowing that the desire for white teeth is nothing new -- at-home methods like chewing on sticks, brushing with peroxide, and rinsing with strawberry juice have been around for decades. Unfortunately, those methods aren't effective enough to make a smile truly shine and stand out. If your teeth are stained yellow or gray, a professional treatment can raise your shade into a brighter smile.

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