Is A Nighttime Teeth Grinding Habit Damaging Your Teeth?

Individuals who unconsciously grind their teeth while they sleep can wake up in pain. The force you create when you clench your jaw is enough to create discomfort in your teeth, your jaws, and your face. You may also experience some tenderness in your neck and head. What you should know is that the problems caused by this habit, often referred to as bruxism, will extend beyond soreness. You can create TMJ problems that make it harder for you to bite and chew food, and you can do serious damage to your teeth. If you talk with your dentist about your condition, you can receive a helpful oral appliance that will keep your smile protected. You can also discuss any necessary treatment for dental damage you may have already suffered. (more…)

Quiz: Recognizing And Addressing Oral Health Threats

When you have a problem with your oral health, addressing it as soon as possible will help you avoid the more serious concerns that can result from inaction. One way to make sure your teeth are staying in good health is to make sure you attend regular dental exams. That way, your dentist’s review will bring attention to matters that call for care. Of course, you can also stay mindful between visits, and take steps to correct a potential concern. Maintaining good habits, and changing bad ones, will have an overall positive effect on your risk for problems like tooth decay. (more…)

Explore The Vendor And Craft Fair At Searles Castle Nov 26

The third annual Vendor And Craft Fair at Searles Castle is scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 26. At the fair, you can take advantage of access to many different artists and vendors to find truly unique gift items, and take care of your Christmas shopping. You can also enjoy live music and entertainment, take part in raffles, and enjoy a chance to explore Searles Castle, a beautiful structure that has stood for more than one hundred years. The Vendor And Craft fair offers residents the opportunity to have a magical experience as they cross people off of their shopping list for the year. (more…)

Go Beyond Brushing If You Want To Protect Your Smile

Good brushing practices are essential if you want to maintain a healthy smile. That means making sure you brush effectively at least twice a day, using a toothpaste with fluoride, and replacing your brush when it becomes less effective. Of course, if you really want to make sure your smile stays in the best possible condition, your preventive dental care regimen needs to be about more than just brushing. By flossing regularly, limiting sugar, and seeing your dentist for routine dental exams, you can significantly limit your cavity risk. (more…)

How Tooth Loss Can Create Issues With Proper Dental Function

Our jaw function depends on the presence of all of our teeth. If you have just one missing tooth, it can impede your ability to bite and chew, and generally make your life more difficult. Modifying your jaw functions can put a greater demand on remaining teeth, and speed up their rate of wear and tear. You can also create a strain on your jaw joints because you are performing unnatural motions to work around an absence. A stable, supportive dental prosthetic can allow you to feel more confident in your dental function. If you want to make sure you have a stable restoration, talk to your dentist about using a dental implant to hold your prosthetic in position. (more…)

Modern Fillings Offer Discreet And Dependable Support

Even a small cavity leaves your tooth with damage that needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, your enamel will not be able to repair itself after your cavity is addressed, but your dentist can help by providing you with a dental filling. Modern dental fillings are made with a composite resin material. This substance is popular because it can replicate the appearance of the surrounding enamel, making it easy to blend into its surroundings. This material is also popular because it is able to bond directly to your tooth, which creates a remarkable degree of support. (more…)

Teaching Kids The Importance Of Good Smile Care

How long should you wait before addressing dental care with your child? It is important to understand that once their baby teeth start to arrive, they face the threat of cavities, just like we do. If you want to make sure that your child’s smile stays healthy over the years, starting preventive dental care at a young age is important. Your dentist can provide education to kids on at-home care, so that they know how to successfully avoid problems. That being said, your dentist does understand that kids are still learning how to defend their smile against threats, and can provide extra support through fluoride treatments, and the placement of dental sealants. (more…)

Take On Merrimack’s Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt

On Saturday, November 18, you and your family can test your scavenging skills by joining Merrimack’s Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt! During the hunt, you will have a scavenger card, and you will receive a list with clues to help you figure out where to find the paper turkeys hidden in town. The top three participants will each win their own sixteen pound turkey! This event is an opportunity to take home a delicious turkey to cook for the holiday, as well as an excuse to team up as a family and enjoy a day full of activity. Registration will be open until Monday, November 13. (more…)

3 Things To Consider If You Have Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety can seriously complicate a person’s ability to maintain the healthiest possible smile. Different people will inevitably have different feelings about going to the dentist’s office, particularly if they need some form of restorative dental care. That being said, some individuals feel a sense of fear at the idea of even going in for a routine checkup. If you have these negative feelings about the dentist’s office, you should know that your dentist will be understanding of your anxieties, and can work with you to help improve your sense of comfort. In many cases, anxious patients will be able to receive important care thanks to the administering of nitrous oxide, which helps them stay relaxed. (more…)

Make Your Smile Notably Brighter With A Whitening Treatment

Our preferences for things like coffee in the morning, or red wine with dinner, can lead to frustrating stains in our teeth. These may be hard to notice at first, but over time, you may find yourself bothered by the dullness of your smile. If you want to address discoloration, talk to your dentist about a professional whitening treatment. Many patients who undergo this cosmetic dental procedure will be delighted by the difference it makes. This is because professional whitening agents can eliminate deeper stains that store bought products can leave behind. It should be noted that not all issues relating to dental discoloration come from these external stains. If your appearance is being affected by intrinsic discoloration, you can talk to your dentist about how a different approach can be helpful. (more…)