Palm Family Dentistry


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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Are There Any Benefits to Using Dental Home Remedies?

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You may have heard of the latest do-it-yourself (DIY) dental trends of oil pulling to clean your mouth or brushing your teeth with charcoal to whiten your teeth. But do these "home remedies" really work? Your dentist in Baton Rouge weighs in.

Oil Pulling

Also called "kavala" or "gundusha" in the Ayurvedic tradition, this ancient dental technique is said to eliminate harmful bacteria in your mouth, freshen your breath, and even brighten your teeth. The way it works is that you swish vegetable oil (typically coconut) around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. It is said that oil reportedly pulls toxins out of your body, which gives you added protection ...

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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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Why It's Important to Keep Your Gums Healthy

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Just like your house relies on a firm foundation, so do your teeth. Your gums are the foundation for your teeth, and if your gums are not healthy, your teeth and your oral health are at risk. Your dentist in Baton Rouge, LA shares what you can do to protect your periodontal (gum) health.

Consistent Dental Visits

When you visit your dentist every six months for cleaning and checkup appointments, it provides a great defense against issues like gum disease. We screen you for gum disease during every checkup with a thorough examination, yearly x-rays, and gum measurements. By measuring the pockets of your gums, we detect any problems early ...

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The 3 Worst Drinks for Your Teeth

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Most of us are aware that sugar causes tooth decay and cavities in our teeth, so it's best to stay away from candy and sugary foods. But have you ever considered the beverages you drink each day? A lot of them are also loaded with sugar, and some may even surprise you. Here are some the worst culprits to be aware of.

Soda and Soft Drinks

Soft drinks are packed with sugar and they're also highly acidic, which presents a double whammy of sorts for your teeth. Sugar fuels the bacteria that causes tooth decay, while acids breakdown tooth enamel making you more prone for cavities. This is the reason soft drinks ...

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Enhance Your Smile with These 3 Services

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Your smile is an important tool you use to communicate with the world. If you don't feel satisfied with the appearance of your teeth, you may tend to hide your smile. This can diminish your confidence, and it takes a toll on your self-esteem.

You might be surprised to learn that there are a number of affordable ways you can improve your smile in a minimal amount of time. Here are three cosmetic services you should know about.

Teeth Whitening

Whitening your teeth is an affordable and effective ...

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