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  • Periodontal Disease and Systemic Diseases

    Periodontal Disease and Systemic Diseases

    Did you know that your general health is closely linked to your gum health? It’s true. In fact, periodontal disease has been linked to various systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Many patients with systemic diseases have noticed an improvement in their overall health after managing their gum health. Learn more about periodontal disease and its connection with systemic diseases below. As always, contact My McLean Dentist for more information. What is Periodontal Disease? In short, periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease. It causes the gums to swell, bleed, and recede resulting in eventual tooth loss. The disease begins ....

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  • My McLean Dentist: Why Diet Soda and Acidic Beverages are Bad for Teeth

    My McLean Dentist: Why Diet Soda and Acidic Beverages are Bad for Teeth

    Your diet can impact your oral health. This is due to the fact that certain foods and beverages can influence the occurrence of dental and gum issues. For instance, soda and acidic beverages are known to affect oral health. Even the sugar-free or “diet” versions are just as bad and should be avoided. My McLean Dentist advises patients to reduce or even eliminate these beverages from their diet. Doing so will help protect the teeth and gums from common issues such as decay. Learn more about why you should avoid these beverages below. Why Are Diet Soda and Acidic Beverages Bad for Teeth? Consuming diet soda and acidic beverages is never recommended. These drinks are known to ....

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  • Understanding TMD and Your Treatment Options

    Understanding TMD and Your Treatment Options

    Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD, is a common issue that many patients can experience. Regardless of age, TMD can arise in an individual after trauma, stress, anatomic abnormalities or simple wear and tear. Fortunately, modern medicine has made treatment more successful and available for patients struggling with TMD. If you or a loved one has TMD, learn more about the disorder and treatment options. Read on below and contact My McLean Dentist today. Understanding TMD What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder? Understanding TMD begins with learning about the actual temporomandibular joint. In basic terms, this joint connects the lower jaw with the skull and is located by both ears. ....

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  • TMD Treatments: Which Should I Choose?

    TMD Treatments: Which Should I Choose?

    Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) relates to jaw joint issues which affect the opening and closing of your mouth. In addition, teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism) is associated with TMD. TMD is treatable but will vary depending on the diagnosis. Those affected will need a customized treatment plan. However, experts often advise beginning with nonsurgical treatments. This is due in part because patients may have minor symptoms. Likewise, some symptoms may even fade away on their own. For these reasons, learning about different TMD treatments is important. Learn more about TMD treatments below and contact My McLean Dentist today. Orthotic Device Orthotic devices fit over your teeth and ....

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  • What is Bruxism?

    What is Bruxism?

    Bruxism, otherwise known as teeth clenching or grinding, is an everyday activity that can occur during the day or night. If bruxism happens when you are awake, it is commonly triggered by stress, anger, or even high concentration. What makes it devastating is that it mostly occurs when you are not even aware of it. In other words, most patients learn about this involuntary issue through their dentist or through a sleep study. For this reason, routine dental exams are essential for detecting issues early on. Worn teeth are a common sign of bruxism which is identified by a dentist. Fortunately, there are solutions that your dentist can recommend such as a night guard or an orthotic device, ....

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  • What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD?

    What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD?

    The temporomandibular joint, otherwise known as the TMJ, is the joint that connects the skull to the jawbone. The TMJ is a unique and special joint. It serves several purposes resulting in the opening and closing of the mouth. Additionally, the joint performs its functions with a sliding motion known as translation, during which there is forward and downward movement of the lower jaw. This movement is seen when a person yawns, sings, laughs, etc. The most prevalent condition related to the TMJ is known as the temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. Learn about TMD below and contact us for a consultation. Symptoms of TMD Symptoms include: Facial pain, radiating to the jaw area that is ....

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  • Three Reasons Why You Should Choose Dental Implants

    Three Reasons Why You Should Choose Dental Implants

    Dentists have been successfully replacing missing teeth with dental implants for over 30 years. Dental implants use a unique system to permanently replace missing teeth with natural-appearing results. This amazing option is durable and is known to last. Implants are also versatile. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent natural teeth. Learn why more patients are choosing implants and contact us for a consultation. Safe Dental implants are a safe procedure as they are biocompatible titanium tooth roots. Essentially, the procedure entails inserting the implant into the jawbone. Once the area heals, an abutment is used to connect the implant with ....

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  • The Dreaded Root Canal, Why me and What Now?

    The Dreaded Root Canal, Why me and What Now?

    Don’t worry, the diagnosis is not a curse, but here is some information for you to make it easier to digest. What’s the cause? Although the most common reason for the diagnosis is dental decay (cavity), there are other reasons a tooth may need the procedure done. For example, If the tooth in question has had trauma either due to an accident or to overwhelmingly strong chewing forces (such as misaligned bite), the nerve of the tooth can become irreversibly inflamed. Another reason is resorption – a process by which tooth structure softens and disintegrates. The etiology of resorption is not yet clear, but root canals are indicated to attempt to stop it from going ....

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  • Teeth Whitening: Smile with Confidence

    Teeth Whitening: Smile with Confidence

    It only takes 12 muscles to smile – and your smile is contagious. Much research has gone into the field of smiling, and many benefits have been uncovered. Just the physical action of smiling at another person can release endorphins (mood elevators) in your brain, more than chocolate! Having a beautiful smile can increase your happiness and therefore quality of life. One of the most common reasons for an aging smile is stain of teeth due to food colorings, coffee, and wine. Teeth whitening can whiten your teeth and make you appear more youthful and healthy. Learn more about our teeth whitening solution below and contact us for more information. In-office Teeth Whitening Process ....

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  • What are Dental Braces?

    What are Dental Braces?

    Dental braces are wire-based devices that are placed directly on the teeth to correct crowded and misaligned teeth or jaw. The objective of dental braces is to straighten and align the teeth to create a pleasant smile and perfect the bite. The system consists of brackets that are bonded on to the teeth and a wire that passes through them. Children, teens, and adults can get braces. However, a thorough examination and consultation are required to assure the set is appropriate for the patient. Dental braces correct the following issues: -Misaligned teeth -Irregular bite such as over, under, and crossbites -Gapped teeth -Crooked or overcrowding teeth Dental Braces Consist of: -Brackets ....

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