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When Does Thumb Sucking Become a Problem?

Many children give up the habit before they start preschool, but for persistent thumb suckers, intervention might be necessary. Thumb sucking is a natural reflex that calms, soothes, and lulls a baby or child to sleep. Even in the womb, fetuses suck their thumbs to prepare themselves to breastfeed. Most children drop the habit on […]

Adults and Orthodontics: A Second Chance at a Beautiful Smile

Spoiler alert: You’re never too old for a perfect smile or relief from jaw joint discomfort. Orthodontics does more than create a beautiful smile. It can fix jaw alignment problems due to crooked and missing teeth and can help relieve many TMJ problems that cause chronic pain, broken or chipped teeth, and headaches. As a […]

When Is a Cleaning More Than a Cleaning?

If you’ve missed a few professional cleanings or haven’t been brushing at home, you may need more than a “regular cleaning,” costing you more time and money. Did you know a routine cleaning is clinically called a prophylaxis, or prophy cleaning? This is because it’s a preventative measure to reduce your risk of developing periodontal […]

Are Baby Teeth Really That Important?

Baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth and play a significant role in your child’s overall development. Baby teeth might only be around for a short time, but they serve an important role in your child’s development. If your child has a cavity, it’s best to get it filled according to their dentist’s […]

Enjoying Your Summer While in Braces

Just because you’re in braces doesn’t mean you have to miss all the summer fun! Sitting at the beach or relaxing in the backyard with a few friends allows us to stop, take a deep breath, and enjoy the simple things in life. If you have braces though, you can’t slack on diligent home care […]

Athletes and Tooth Decay: The Surprising Connection

Studies find that, on average, despite taking care of their physical health, many athletes have more tooth decay than their peers. Athletes are known for taking excellent care of their bodies so they can perform at the top of their game. However, a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that of 278 […]

What Is an Impacted Tooth?

Many children and teens are diagnosed with this common dental condition. You may have heard people say they had an impacted tooth when they were younger. But what does that mean?   What Is an Impacted Tooth?   An impacted tooth is any tooth (not just wisdom teeth) that hasn’t erupted (come in) where it […]

What Are Prophylactic Antibiotics and Do I Need Them?

Let’s face it. None of us planned for 2020 to go quite this way. COVID-19 disruptions are reverberating across the globe on every level. From stock markets to our favorite Thai restaurant, life’s different for now. Many elective dental and medical procedures are on hold as the healthcare system scrambles to keep up.  In most […]

Raise Your Dental IQ: 10 Tidbits About Your Teeth

Here are 10 cool dental facts to help you wow your friends and family! You use your teeth to bite, chew, and maybe even engage in some ill-advised package opening. (Tsk, tsk.) Unless a tooth is bothering you, you probably don’t give them a second thought. But there is so much more to your chompers. […]

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