New Research Confirms the Importance of Fluoride

​ A new study published in the Journal of Dental Research has confirmed previous supporting evidence that U.S. children and teens with access to fluoridated drinking water are less likely to have cavities or dental decay. The study, titled "Water Fluoridation and Dental Caries in U.S. Children and Adolescents," looked at dental exam records from th...
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September Is Pain Awareness Month: Don’t Ignore Tooth or Jaw Pain

​ September is National Pain Awareness Month, which means it's a great time to talk about an often overlooked but very common area where people experience pain: the jaw and teeth. When tooth or jaw pain strikes, many people try to just wait it out and hope it goes away. However, in the long run, you could do serious damage to your oral health by ig...
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The Importance of a Wheelchair-Accessible Dental Practice

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one in five Americans suffers from some form of disability and 3.6 million people over the age of 15 use a wheelchair to assist them with mobility. There are many challenges those who are confined to a wheelchair face when it comes to their daily lives, but one area that many people forget about is dental...
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Keep Teeth Healthy This School Year

​ It's August and back-to-school season is in full swing across the nation. Everyone is filling their shopping carts with markers, pencils and new backpacks. Parents are taking children to get haircuts and physicals and eye exams in preparation for the new school year. But, one thing that often gets overlooked when it comes to back-to-school time i...
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Why Choose a Private Practice Over Corporate Dentistry?

​ You've likely seen them popping up in every strip mall or shopping center around the nation. Big box, or corporate, dental practices that often share their names with popular trees, fruits or generic nouns are chains of dental offices that operate much like a fast-food restaurant compared to a sit-down restaurant - in other words, very different ...
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8 Ways Sleeplessness Shows in Daily Life

​ No matter how hard we try to hide our feelings, sometimes our bodies give us away. When your sleep is consistently interrupted or low quality, your body begins to notice in more ways than just feeling tired and grumpy. Here are eight other signs that you aren't getting enough sleep. No. 1: You find yourself always hungry and craving fatty, sugary...
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Get Rid of Bad Breath Fast!

​ Halitosis, or bad breath, actually affects over 80 million people. It's characterized by an unpleasant taste and odor in the mouth and is most often caused by bacteria in the mouth resulting from decaying food particles or poor oral hygiene habits. There are other conditions that can cause halitosis, such as dry mouth, liver or kidney problems, d...
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8 Gross Facts That Would Make Anyone Want a Professional Teeth Cleaning ASAP

​   Our mouths are like tiny universes full of good and bad bacteria fighting at all times to take over. If you take good care of your teeth at home and stay consistent with your visits to Dr. Norman, chances are the good bacteria are winning the fight in your mouth. Here are eight facts you probably will wish you hadn't read but that sho...
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What Is Bruxism?

It's a weird word and one many people haven't heard of before, but over 25 million Americans actually experience bruxism on a regular basis. The dictionary definition of bruxism is "the involuntary or habitual grinding of the teeth, typically during sleep." Basically, it occurs when you grind or even clench your teeth while concentrating, stressed ...
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3 Easy Sugar-Free Summer Dessert Recipes

Who doesn't love dessert? The problem is most desserts are loaded with added sugar that can not only be challenging if you're trying to eat healthier, but can also be tough on teeth. Here are three easy recipes with no added sugars for when you want dessert without the guilt. Peach Ice Cream This refreshing dessert is perfect for a summer night on ...
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Caring for Teeth During Pregnancy

Caring for Teeth During Pregnancy
Pregnancy causes so many changes in the body, but one area we often don't realize is affected is the mouth, teeth and gums. The production of the hormones progesterone and estrogen increase greatly during pregnancy, which in turn boosts blood circulation in the body. This can lead to red, swollen gums that bleed easily. It's not uncommon to see blo...
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Caring for Children’s Teeth from Birth

Unfortunately, parenting doesn’t actually come with a guidebook, so it can be hard to juggle all the things we need to do to keep kids healthy and happy from birth. When it comes to oral health, it’s really pretty simple. It’s never too early to start taking care of your baby’s teeth and gums, and dental visits should start around age 1. If you can remember those two things, you’re all set on the path to a lifetime of great oral health for your child. 

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June Is Men’s Health Month - Let’s Talk About Snoring

This June is the 24th annual Men’s Health Month, a month dedicated to creating awareness about the health and well-being of both men and boys. One area of men’s health that doesn’t get much attention, except in sitcoms, is snoring. Although it may just seem like an annoying habit, it can actually be a sign of a serious sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea. 

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Do Men Snore More Than Women?

It seems like every sitcom about married life features a snoring man and an exasperated woman trying to get some sleep over all the noise. But how true is this stereotype that men are the ones who snore? 

It’s actually pretty accurate! According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, an estimated 40 percent of adult men in the United States snore, while only 24 percent of adult women snore on a regular basis. So, men aren’t the only ones who snore, but they certainly are more likely to snore than women. Let’s find out why. 

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How to Choose the Right Tools for Teeth

Walking down the toothbrush aisle at your local supermarket can often create feelings of anxiety due to the overwhelming number of products being marketed. There’s no need to stress. We can help you decide which tools are best for you so you can be prepared next time you go shopping. 

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DIY Dentistry Can Be Dangerous and Ridiculous

It’s no secret that YouTube is full of dumb and dangerous ideas, considering the recent Tide Pod challenge that made headlines. One such idea is so dangerous that teens have lost their teeth because of it.

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Green and Orange Tongues: What Do They Mean?

Looking in the mirror and noticing your tongue has turned a funny color can be extremely alarming. In some cases, it might just be something you ate. Other common causes are poor oral hygiene or a medication you are taking. If none of these is the culprit, read on for other causes of a colored tongue.

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8 Benefits to Whiter Teeth

Surveys show that 80 percent of American men and women between the ages of 18 and 49 want whiter teeth. The $1.4 billion we spend on over-the-counter whitening products each year really drives that point home. When you meet someone new, one of the first things that person notices is your smile. We are also living in a selfie- and profile picture-centered society where our image means more than it ever has in the past to our social and professional life. Here are just eight of the benefits to whiter teeth, based on research:

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May Is Better Sleep Month

Every May, the Better Sleep Council, or BSC, sponsors Better Sleep Month with an aim to raise awareness about how poor sleep, especially on a regular basis, can negatively affect our lives and our health. The organization also places an emphasis on all the benefits of getting better sleep to improve our daily lives and overall health.

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No, Bleeding Gums Are NOT Normal!

If your gums are bleeding, you have gum disease. There’s no way to sugar coat it. You may be in the early stages of gum disease, which means the damage that is occurring to your teeth and gums is not yet permanent, but it’s vital you have your teeth and gums evaluated if any bleeding is occurring.

The American Academy of Periodontology says that up to 80 percent of the U.S. population has some degree of gum disease and only 10 percent are even aware of it! If these numbers don’t concern you, they should. Gum disease is the No. 1 cause of tooth loss, and the disease progresses very rapidly from the bleeding-gum stage to the tooth-loss stage.

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