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The lingering pain from a tight jaw often causes discomfort in other parts of your body like your head, neck, ears, teeth, or face. The pain may also oscillate between throbbing, aching, or severe. Typically, a tight jaw is a culprit of a jaw joint that suddenly locks, clicking noises in your jaw, or a limited range of motion when you try to open your mouth. Tightness in your jaw is not something you should ignore. In many cases, there are at-home remedies to reduce the pain and preventative mea...
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Sports are back! We know after the long hiatus due to COVID-19, your kids are glad to be playing again. However, it’s important to take precautions to avoid unnecessary injuries. Various reports note that sports-related injuries account for nearly 36% of unintentional injuries to children and teenagers. The American Dental Association (ADA) states that of those injuries, 10-20% are facial trauma. Dental injuries are the most common type of facial trauma—and the most preventable—according to T...
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If you’ve ever wondered, “Should I use mouthwash?” The short answer is, “Yes!” Mouthwash is an excellent addition to your oral care routine. But using an oral rinse should never replace brushing your teeth or flossing. Think of mouthwash as a dessert, not an entree. There are many benefits to using mouthwash as long as you use it the right way. We’ll answer all your mouthwash questions so you can clean your teeth and gums effectively.
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Successful athletes have discipline, drive, and determination that propels them toward the top. Whether you’re a professional athlete or your child is just starting to play on a little league team, it’s important to be disciplined in oral hygiene and determined to do whatever it takes to keep your mouth healthy. Here are three ways athletes can take care of their teeth.
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There are many ways you can take an active role to ensure the oral health of your children. But our bodies are incredible, and one of the best ways to keep your mouth healthy is completely out of your control! This powerful tool is saliva. In most cases, you have no control over your saliva production and yet it takes care of your oral health in multiple ways. Learn more about the benefits of saliva and how you can make sure your child is producing enough.
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Mouthguards are an essential part of your uniform if you play contact sports such as football, basketball, lacrosse, or boxing. When you participate in these activities, your front teeth are at risk of breaking or getting knocked out. The soft tissue in your gums, lips, cheeks, and tongue are also at risk of injury if a mouthguard is not worn. They are also necessary if you grind your teeth while sleeping. In fact, nearly 20% of adults and one-third of children in America have bruxism—a conditi...
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For athletes at the professional level, losing a tooth during a game might be a price of playing and rite of passage, but for the average hobbyist, losing a tooth can be a traumatic and expensive endeavor. In actuality, the cost of preventing such an injury is much more cost effective.
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Having problems with oral health? Chances are, you aren't the only one. The best way to avoid embarrassing dental issues is to schedule regular dental examinations and check-ups and maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet. However, following these oral hygiene commandments isn't always enough.
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