You don’t always need a dentist to tell you that something’s wrong, since most issues produce signs and symptoms that can warn of you of impending health threats. However, the warning signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing—aren’t always as clear as a toothache or bleeding gums. Nevertheless, recognizing the symptoms of sleep apnea and seeking appropriate treatment could prove important to the rest of your overall health. (more…)
Do you feel self-conscious about your breath? Are you tired of people slowly backing away from you during conversations? Are you tired of being too afraid to introduce yourself to strangers because you know how bad your breath is? You’re not alone. In fact, about 1 in 4 people suffer from halitosis, and finding relief typically lies in understanding the common causes and cures for bad breath. (more…)
When patients come to us with questions about functional disorders, such as bruxism and TMJ concerns, those inquiries are often quite similar. We find that patients in need of TMJ disorder treatment are generally curious about how to detect the problem, what treatment is going to be like, and if there’s still hope for a healthy smile. Fortunately, we are happy to answer these questions and more. Remember, we can always guide you toward good oral health.
When patients learn that they have been suffering from teeth grinding or clenching and require bruxism treatment for oral health protection, they are often surprised. We frequently hear the question, “How did I not realize something was wrong?” As a result, we usually remind patients of two important details. First, bruxism is often very difficult to detect on your own. Second, we can detect it, so if you come in twice a year for your dental checkup, you’ve got backup! As for your frustration regarding how you could overlook such an issue, allow us to calm your thoughts.
Are you anything but happy when you realize it’s time for your dental hygiene session? Why is this? Is it because you are so “over” your dental floss but you assume there’s not much you can do to rectify the situation? Fortunately, you are not stuck forever flossing your teeth in misery. Instead, by taking a few helpful tips into consideration, you can quickly transform your hygiene time into something you actually enjoy!
Do your friends and relatives across the country love getting your Christmas gifts from the beach every year? If so, does it have something to do with the Virginia Beach Christmas Market? You’ll be happy to hear that the 35th market is quickly approaching, so you’ll have time to shop the unique goodies you love and get your shopping done early!
How much do you know about baby teeth? Not much except for the fact that your little one’s smile is full of them and it’s a pretty cute grin? When it comes to the growth of your child’s teeth, you might find yourself coming up with a slew of questions you didn’t realize you didn’t know the answers to! While asking during visits is always welcome, we would like to help you set a foundation of knowledge with some immediate answers.
When you think about your dental hygiene habits, do you automatically light up, assuming you would receive an A+ or gold start if graded? If so, we are glad to hear it! However, if we were to ask you if you are absolutely certain you’re not accidentally practicing any bad habits that can negatively impact your oral health, can you say you’re sure? If not, protect those excellent efforts you have been making and ensure their success. All it takes is considering some common habits that you might be performing (and that you can easily cut out).
If you have received a whitening treatment, you can keep your teeth nice and brilliant by brushing, flossing, and receiving cleanings. However, if you are dealing with already stained teeth, no amount of brushing (and no amount of fancy techniques) is going to help you attain a dramatically whiter smile. You need professional cosmetic care. Otherwise, you may find yourself steeped in disappointment, damage, and short a few more dollars than initially intended. Learn more!
Have your kids been begging you to see Santa, so they can let him know what’s on their gift list for this Christmas? Perhaps you still whisper your present preferences in St. Nick’s ear every year and have been impatiently awaiting his arrival. Lucky for you, Santa’s making a stop in our community very soon and you’ll get to see a musical about him!