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Daytime Bruxism

It’s doesn’t just happen during the night. Jaw pain and tension can greatly impact your day to day activities and quality of life. Headaches, jaw pain or soreness and dental wear can be symptoms of day bruxism too. During the day, clenching the teeth is more common than grinding. Normal activities may induce a little…

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Occlusal Guard & Splint | Is It Effective?

If properly cared for, human teeth can last their entire lifetime. The Academy of General Dentistry reports that there is no reason senior citizens can’t keep their natural teeth for a lifetime since tooth loss is the result of oral issues not due to aging. This is where the occlusal guard comes in. Healthy teeth…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety Update

Dear Customers, We know that many of you are concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We would like to reassure you that we are using the most current information available to mitigate risk. We are closely monitoring the information provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for guidance and will continue to update our procedures…

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Dental Night Guard Cost

Why Do Dental Night Guards Vary so Much in Cost? Store bought “ready to wear” dental night guards cost as little as $20.00. Some dentists are charging upwards of $800. Online, you can purchase a custom made night guard by taking your own dental impression for as little as $99.00. What gives? Sometimes your dentist…

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Why a Dental Night Guard is Your New Anti-Aging Secret

Oh the anti-aging industry– a multi billion dollar production of over priced lotions and potions and serums. I, myself, just spent $75 on a small bottle of Retinol cream in hopes that these new lines and wrinkles appearing on my 37 year old face will magically disappear. Alas, as Oprah Winfrey so eloquently says “even…

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How to Clean Your Night Guard

This article has been updated for accuracy on 02/25/20  “Why Does My Dental Night Guard Turn Yellow?” How to Clean Your Night Guard A dental night guard may become gross pretty quickly, if left unmaintained. The good news is, you don’t have to deal with the funky smells and color changes if you take the…

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What’s the Difference Between Jaw Clenching and Teeth Grinding?

Jaw Clenching Teeth and Teeth Grinding are Often Caused By the Same Problem Jaw clenching and teeth grinding are both common manifestations of a condition known as “bruxism”. Bruxism occurs unconsciously, and can happen both while you’re awake or asleep. Waking bruxism is characterized by clenching the jaw tightly. During sleep, tooth on tooth grinding…

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The Best Mouth Guard for TMJ

TMJ Mouth Guard What should I look for when shopping for a TMJ mouth guard? First, it is important to note the umbrella term that is used to cover all problems relating to TMJ is actually called TMD – or Temporomandibular Disorders. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. “What is TMJ  and do I have it?”…

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How a Whiter Smile Can Have an Effect on Makeup

You may have come across many articles discussing the opposite if this headline like, How Makeup Can Make Your Smile Look Whiter or 5 Lip Shades That Will Make Your Teeth Pop This Holiday Season While it is certainly true that the right, bright shade of lipstick can make the teeth appear whiter, the more…

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Can a Night Guard Shift Your Teeth?

Is Your Night Guard Causing You Pain? Can a Night Guard Shift Your Teeth? Let’s first start by determining which type of dental night guard you’re using. Are you wearing a boil and bite or “one size fits all” dental guard that you purchased through a retailer like CVS, Walgreens or Amazon? If so, this…

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Best Mouth Guard For Grinding and Teeth Clenching

This article goes in-depth to cover all night guard related topics. This includes types of night guards, costs, causes and concerns of bruxism, TMJ, wear instructions and proper routine cleaning. The best mouth guard for teeth grinding and teeth clenching is a custom made night guard. Why is a professional custom-made mouth guard for teeth…

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Can Taking Magnesium Stop Teeth Grinding?

Can taking Magnesium daily stop my teeth grinding? Yes and maybe and possibly not at all. So why do so many people recommend taking Magnesium to stop teeth grinding? Many people all around the world have attested to the positive impact that a daily dose of magnesium has had on their teeth grinding habit. Magnesium…

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What is the Best Mouthguard for Hockey?

Finding The Best Athletic Mouth Guard For Hockey You probably already know that every hockey player, (whether professional or not) is required to wear a protective mouth guard when playing. Hockey involves a lot of force and energy. Many times, falls and collisions (not to mention a hockey puck or stick to the mouth) can…

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Biting Tongue In Sleep? Signs, Risk & Treatment

Why am I Biting My Tongue In Sleep? Tongue biting is a common problem. Complaints of ‘biting tongue in sleep’ or ‘biting my cheek’ while sleeping are all too familiar to dentists and can be downright irritating and painful. The damage done to the tongue or cheek can be quite distressing and even visible. People…

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Will Dental Insurance Cover My Night Guard?

Your Dental Insurance and Purchasing a Night Guard Has your dentist suggested you wear a dental night guard because you’re grinding or clenching your teeth? You may initially balk at the dental office price, but you have good dental insurance and your custom night guard is surely covered. Right? Many people assume that dental insurance…

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Why Do I Clench My Teeth?

The Effects of Teeth Clenching It’s hopeful to imagine that all you need for optimal oral health (especially the condition of your teeth) is a good diet and mouth cleaning habits. Unfortunately, there are other habits like teeth clenching which can easily cause destruction to your teeth. Teeth clenching (whether during the day or at…

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What is the Difference Between an Upper or Lower Night Guard?

Upper or lower dental night guard? Which one do I choose? Many people grind or clench their teeth at night during sleep. This is a condition known as nocturnal bruxism. Over time, bruxism can lead to the wearing away of the teeth enamel, as well as a host of other problems such as cracked teeth…

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Alcohol & Teeth Grinding

Does Drinking Alcohol Make My Teeth Grinding Habit Worse? Carla noticed that her teeth and jaw hurt more after the nights that she would have a couple of drinks before bed. “My teeth pain is definitely worse the next morning after drinking alcohol compared to nights when I don’t drink,” she tells her dentist. “Wearing…

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How Does a Dental Night Guard Work?

It is well known that a smile is an important asset in life, yet it is often taken for granted. Whether you flaunt your all-natural teeth when you smile, or have cosmetically enhanced your teeth in one way or the other, a dental night guard may be the solution you need to protect your teeth….

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How Do I Know If I Am Grinding My Teeth At Night?

“Listen Doctor! I think I would know if I was grinding my teeth at night!” Many dentists experience this problem with patients. The dentist tells the patient that they are showing signs of teeth grinding or jaw clenching at night, only to be met with disbelief from the patient. Patients believe they would KNOW if…

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