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TMD-Temporomandibular Disorders

A disorder of the jaw that is many times incorrectly labeled as TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint – is TMD – Temporomandibular Disorders.  TMD occur as a result of problems with the jaw, the jaw joint and the surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. TMJ is the hinge joint that connects the […]

Steps to Take When a Tooth is Knocked-Out

A serious dental emergency is a knocked-out, or in medical terms, an avulsed tooth.  A dental accident such as this is commonly caused by accidental falls, fighting, car accidents, sports-related trauma and biting on hard food.  When a tooth has been knocked out, the blood vessels and nerves  of the tooth are damaged and cannot […]

The Reasons for Tooth Discoloration

The enamel – the visible, outer coating of the teeth – is a very hard, durable substance designed to withstand the rigors of biting and chewing. Why does the enamel of one individual’s teeth appear to be white while the enamel of another’s teeth look yellow or gray? There are many reasons why people have […]

Burning Mouth Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment

A symptom that occurs more commonly in middle-aged and older women than any other group is burning mouth syndrome (BMS). BMS is described as a scalding sensation in the tongue, lips, palate, or throughout the mouth. Those who suffer from BMS may have a burning sensation all day long that subsides at night, or may […]

Tooth Abscess and Treatment

A tooth abscess occurs when an opening in the tooth enamel allows bacteria to infect the pulp of the tooth.  This opening in the tooth is caused either by tooth decay or tooth trauma, such as a broken or chipped tooth.  The infection in the tooth can spread to the root of the tooth and […]

Take Two Minutes to Brush

The American Dental Association (ADA) has launched an ad campaign aimed at improving children’s oral health.  The campaign, which launched on August 14,  is called “Kid’s Healthy Mouths”.  The ADA and thirty-five other groups in the dental community formed the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, and partnered with the Ad Council to produce the […]

Mouth Healthy: ADA’s Online Dental Guide

A great source of oral health information for both dentists and their patients is the American Dental Association’s online site,  With so many people relying on websites for health information, it’s great to be able to search a site that provides actual facts, not myths, that pertain to oral health. is designed to […]

Affordable Care Act and Dental Coverage

A very controversial subject these days is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a comprehensive health reform act that was signed into law by President Obama in March, 2010.  The goal of ACA is to make preventative health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans.  ACA enrollment will begin on October 1, 2013, for coverage […]

Mouth Bacteria May Trigger Certain Types of Cancer

Not one, but two recent studies suggest that a certain type of bacteria found in the mouth may trigger colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of death from cancer among Americans. Both studies published last week suggest that if a certain type of gut bacteria is found in the mouth it can influence the immune […]

Reasons Why Teeth Are Extracted

While sitting in the waiting room at your dentist’s office, you wonder what steps your dentist will take to stop your toothache.  A filling or root canal perhaps? After x-rays have been taken and your dentist has examined you, he tells you, “The tooth must be extracted.” Although a dentist will try to save a […]