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How Your Stress is Affecting Your Teeth

Did you know that your teeth know you’re stressed? Stress triggers a clenching or teeth grinding response called bruxism. Stressful events can trigger overuse of muscles of the jaw, causing you to clench your teeth, or to slide them back and forth over each other. Bruxism can occur during sleep or while you are awake….

Importance of Oral Health in COVID-19 Era

Are you overdue for your dental wellness exam and cleaning? Have you been too preoccupied to schedule an appointment? While we understand that everyone is doing their best in this unprecedented time, you may want to rethink putting off scheduling or postponing your appointment. A case study published on January 18, 2021 by the Journal…

Mask Mouth

“Mask Mouth” is real! Increased carbon dioxide and decreased oxygen promotes anaerobic bacteria which is the most destructive type of pathogen for periodontal disease and cavities. When the oral pH is low, from GERD, for example, it’s twice as bad. Since hindsight is 2020 let’s revisit some basics heading into 2021. The buildup of bacteria…

Nupro Freedom Prophy System

Safety is our top priority! We want all of our grateful patients to know about our safety measures. We are proud to have the Nupro Freedom Prophy System, the safest method to polish teeth in our industry!   The CDC guidelines state that “dental handpieces and associated attachments should always be heat sterilized between patients.”…

Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy Options

Grateful Dental treats gum disease using many non-surgical treatments, including but not limited to deep cleanings, diode lasers, antibacterial mouth rinses and Arestin.  We also recommend an all-natural gel called AO ProVantage Gel by Periosciences. This aqueous gel can be applied after your proper oral hygiene routine.  It is best used following the use of…

What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has become the hot topic of concern for public health. A study by the Institute of Medicine reports that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness. The effects of sleep loss have been associated with increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke….

Bone Loss and Facial Changes After Tooth Loss

You’ve been told that your tooth cannot be saved and now needs to be removed. Next, you have to make a decision regarding what the best course of treatment is for you. With all of the advancements in modern dentistry, the options for replacing teeth can seem endless. Well, before you decide, let’s talk about…

Healthy Gums Contribute to a Healthier Heart

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women?  With over 600,000 Americans dying from heart disease on a yearly basis, changes in diet and lifestyles are important. There are many changes recommended by years of research, but did you know that seeing your…

Invisalign

The best dental work is the least dental work. Teeth that fit together properly need less dental work. Malocclusion, or teeth that are not aligned correctly, can create problems by putting unnatural stress and pressure on individual teeth and jaws joints. Premature tooth wear, chipping or fracturing of teeth, jaw joint pain, abfractions (small notches…

“Bioactive” Restorative Materials in Dentistry

Bioactive Materials have been used in dentistry for over one-hundred years. Calcium Hydroxide, also known by its most popular trade name, Dycal, is the most common. When placed in a tooth with a deep carious lesion, it causes the pulpal tissue to withdraw from the area where bacteria was removed. It actually stimulates the tooth…