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Solutions for Clenching, Grinding, and TMJ

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Do you ever notice pain or tenderness when you're chewing? Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Have you seen wear on your teeth that diminishes their appearance? Did you know that these concerns can all be attributed to clenching and grinding your teeth?

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism refers to the act of clenching or grinding your teeth, which typically happens during stressful situations or at night while you sleep. Bruxism doesn't sound like a big deal, and you may not even realize you're doing it, but it can cause a host of issues for your teeth and jaw joint such as:

  • Premature wear on your teeth, which can result in bite misalignment
  • Fractures or ...

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Choosing the Right Tools for Your Home Care Routine

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Most of us don't think too much about our toothbrushes; however, choosing the right one can make a difference in your home care routine. Using the right toothbrush with proper brushing techniques ensures that you can effectively remove plaque and other bacteria from your teeth protecting against issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Here are some tips from your Baton Rouge, LA dentist on choosing the right toothbrush. 

Which Is the Right Manual Toothbrush?

The right toothbrush should fit comfortably in your mouth, and it should have soft bristles. Vigorous brushing can actually wear away gum tissue, which doesn't regenerate. Choosing soft bristles protects your gums and soft tissues from any ...

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How to Make the Most of Your Dental Insurance

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If you have dental insurance, you may not realize what an excellent tool you have for preventing major dental issues! This is because your dental insurance likely covers most, if not all of your preventive cleanings and checkups. By visiting your dentist every six months with consistency, you can ensure that you stay on top of any concerns and you can typically treat those issues with less invasive procedures.

The Difference Between Medical and Dental Insurance

The major difference between medical and dental insurance is that dental insurance focuses on prevention, while medical insurance is meant for a catastrophe. Unlike your medical doctor, who you typically visit when you are ...

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Preventative Dentistry

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To most people, the word "dentist" is most often associated with common dental procedures such as fillings, crown, and extractions.   Although these are common procedures offered in most dental offices, there is another side of dentistry that is often overlooked.   

Preventative Dentistry

Proper home care is our first line of defense against tooth decay and periodontal disease.  This includes brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.  Preventative dentistry also includes getting your regular cleanings and exams to help maintain optimum oral health.  The American Dental Association recommends that you see your dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings.  At Palm Family Dentistry, we place a strong emphasis on regular cleanings and ...

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