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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Is It Just Snoring or Sleep Apnea?

If you or someone you love snores, you may find yourself wondering if it's just a frustrating habit or the sign of something more serious like sleep apnea. Snoring is a breathing disorder that is on a spectrum. Think of it as snoring on the far left and obstructive sleep apnea on the far right. There's a whole range of severity within this spectrum...
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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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Choosing the Right Tools for Your Teeth

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It’s also probably one of the first things you notice about others. Taking care of your teeth is so important. After all, you only get one set of adult teeth to last a lifetime. With so many products on the market, it can be confusing trying to decide exactly which tools you need and how to choose the best of each one. Here, Dr. Amy Norman, a leading adult and cosmetic dentist in Everett, Washington, talks about which tools are essential and how to choose them wisely.

"There are a few must-haves for any oral health routine such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a dentist you can trust," she said. "Choosing what kind of each product is best can be a little more challenging."

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Which State Has the Worst Dental Health?

A fascinating new study from WalletHub has compared all 50 states using over 25 different dental wellness indicators to determine which states have the best and worst dental health. 

Although most people probably don't think about dental health in relation to geography, there are some factors that connect them, including the number of dental professionals in each area, as some locations have many more than others, and whether the public water system is fluoridated to help prevent tooth decay.

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Sleep Apnea and Irregular Heartbeat Could Soon Be Detected By FitBits

If you haven’t heard of FitBit, it’s a digital wristband company that creates products worn like watches to track activity and movement. Users track how many steps they’ve taken each day and set goals that the devices then remind them of throughout the day. They are essentially tools that aid in the process of getting healthier and moving more.

Now, FitBit is attempting to use the data it collects to help with diagnosis of sleep apnea and irregular heartbeat, or afibrillation. FitBit reports having over 105 billion hours of heart-rate data already and 6 billion nights’ worth of sleep data. This is all in addition to the 200 billion minutes of exercise tracking data collected.

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Large Study Links Severe Gum Disease and Cancer

A long-term study conducted by researchers from Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus in Massachusetts, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland and Kimmel Cancer Center in Pennsylvania shows a 24 percent higher risk of cancer for patients with severe gum disease.

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There’s No Reason to Fear the Dentist Anymore

According to dentist Dr. Amy Norman, sedation dentistry is a wonderful tool for both children and adults who have any anxiety about visiting the dentist. It’s easy, affordable and comfortable. There’s no reason to suffer through your dental appointments with fear and anxiety anymore.

Dr. Norman is proud to offer sedation dentistry because she understands just how much anxiety and fear can affect someone’s health and happiness. She works with patients every day to determine what level of sedation is best for them so they can get the care they need in the most comfortable way possible.

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Is Childhood Snoring a Sign of Something Serious?

The snoring habits of middle-aged men have been the subject of sitcoms and comedy skits for decades. In fact it may seem like adult males are the only ones who snore. Unfortunately, women and children often suffer from chronic snoring too, and since the topic is much less talked about, it can leave them with more questions than answers.

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Could Sleep Apnea Increase the Risk for Alzheimer’s?

According to new research published in the the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, elderly people with obstructive sleep apnea may have an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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