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What is Exactly is Fluoride?

In Dental Health by Dr. Mathew Palmer

Fluoride is a mineral that can be found in both the ground and the environment. Fluoride is also found in various foods and water supplies. Fluoride is found in many communities’ drinking water, which helps to strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride users have been demonstrated to have less tooth decay in studies. But what makes fluoride such an effective …

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Addressing Stress-Related Dental Issues

In Dental Health, Dental issues by Dr. Mathew Palmer

Many people are experiencing increased stress and anxiety as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads through the United States. Stress has an impact on both the mind and the body. But how does it affect your dental health? When stress levels increase, we examine what to watch out for when it comes to your teeth.  Study finds link between stress caused by …

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Oral Health

In Dental Health by Dr. Mathew Palmer

Nature returns anew at this time of year, promising new life and new hope. Spring comes as a breath of fresh air after the long, dark winter months. Nature responds significantly as the days get longer, the nights get shorter, and it begins to feel warmer. Many people opt to refresh their homes with a thorough spring cleaning as the …

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All About Dentures

In Dental Health, Dentures by Dr. Mathew Palmer

There are many reasons why we may have to replace our teeth – from disease to trauma to poor oral health. Luckily, dentures exist to replace natural teeth and gums artificially, creating a substitute that can restore normal dental function and appearance. Dentures assist with chewing, facial appearance, talking, and overall confidence. Denture styles Dentures may be a total replacement …

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Links between Stress and Jaw Pain

In TMJ by Dr. Mathew Palmer

Many people are unaware of the association between anxiety and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease. Symptoms of anxiety and stress may contribute to jaw joint pain. If you are experiencing jaw pain too, how much of it is due to stress? The feeling of anxiety and tension can cause you to grit your teeth unconsciously and clench your jaw at night …

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New Year, New You: 5 Tips for Great Dental Health in 2021

In Dental Health by Dr. Mathew Palmer

As the holiday season closes, the focus turns to the year ahead and the resolutions that will help make it a better one. These resolutions are all too frequently grandiose to the extent that they may be hard to accomplish, dropping by the wayside before the next year’s resolutions reignite the flame.  But there’s no need for your New Year’s …

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Understanding Oral Cancer

In Dental Health by Dr. Mathew Palmer

Oral cancer is cancer that begins in the mouth or throat. It can occur anywhere in the oral cavity, including your lips, mouth, tongue, gums, the area behind your wisdom teeth, back of your throat, tonsils, and the roof of your mouth. In the United States, 53,260 individuals will be diagnosed with oral cavity in 2020, the American Cancer Society …

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How Does Botox Help with Dental Issues

In Dental issues by Dr. Mathew Palmer

What comes to mind when you think of Botox? Most people think of the cosmetic uses of Botox, like reducing forehead wrinkles, getting rid of the “11” lines between the eyebrows, or reducing crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes. However, Botox also has therapeutic effects. Botox is an effective treatment for TMJ pain, lockjaw, and even headaches. Do …

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What Causes Cavities?

In Dental Health by Dr. Mathew Palmer

If you have had an advanced cavity, you probably knew it. These painful holes in your tooth enamel, otherwise known as tooth decay or caries, can cause an undeniable toothache and sensitivity. That pain might be throbbing throughout the day, or it might become acute when you bite down on something hard, drink a hot or cold liquid, or eat …

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Is Sugar Really Bad for My Teeth? 

In Dental Health by Dr. Mathew Palmer

For decades, public health focused on the dangers of saturated fat. But recent research has highlighted the risks of overeating sugar on our bodies. But, sugar has always been public enemy number one when it comes to your teeth! Let’s learn more about how sugar can harm our chompers and what you can do about it. How does sugar damage …