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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Tooth-Harming Habits to Avoid
... Jaw Clenching, Tooth Grinding, Pencil Chewing These and similar “parafunctional” behaviors — outside the uses for which teeth are designed — can cause undue tooth wear and exert stresses that can cause chips and fractures...

Dealing With Teeth Grinding Habits, Both Short-Term and Long-Term
...If the force exceeds normal limits on a continual basis, you may begin to notice aching teeth or sore jaws, and we may begin to notice unusual tooth wear during your dental checkups...

What Athletes Have to Tell Us About Oral Health
...It also found that 55 percent had cavities, 45 percent suffered from dental erosion (excessive tooth wear), and about 15 percent had moderate to severe periodontal (gum) disease...

Treating Teeth Grinding Now Could Help Prevent Excessive Tooth Wear Later
...These forces often result in tooth wear that cause not only functional problems but result in a more aged appearance...

Treatment Options to Keep Stress From Causing Dental Problems
...Over time, this could produce excessive tooth wear and contribute to future tooth loss...

Don't Stress Over Your Child's Teeth Grinding Habit Unless it Persists
...The action often produces higher than normal chewing forces, which over time can accelerate tooth wear, cause fractures, or contribute to loose teeth, all of which could increase the risk of dental disease...

Teeth Grinding Could be Causing Your Teeth to be Loose
...Besides accelerating tooth wear, the constant jaw movement and teeth clenching can stretch periodontal ligaments and loosen their attachment to a tooth...

Don't Panic Over Your Child's Teeth Grinding but Do Keep an Eye on It
...If, however, the child begins to experience abnormal tooth wear, headaches, jaw pain or other issues believed caused by teeth grinding, we may need to intervene...

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