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Epigenetic Dentistry and Your Jaw

You may have heard the term before, but in the off chance you haven’t, here’s everything you need to know about a specialized branch of dentistry known as epigenetic dentistry. Epigenetic dentistry is something Dr. Mingus is very passionate about, but that not many people know about. So, what is epigenetic dentistry, and how can …

Smoking and Oral Health

If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably heard the risks and dangers of smoking tobacco products. Smoking can affect the entire body, including the heart, lungs, and even the mouth. But even if you know the risks, you may not know the whole story. Here are just a few ways smoking poses a threat to your …

Hormones Could Affect Oral Health

If you’re a woman, you likely know that hormonal fluctuations can cause changes in your body. From breakouts to water retention, hormones can wreak havoc on your body, causing stress and discomfort. But did you know they can also wreak havoc on your oral health, too. It’s true. Hormones can cause a long list of …

Another Study Links Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Alzheimer’s Disease

Sleep apnea is an increasingly common problem in America, with researchers estimating that between nine and 38 percent of adults suffer from the sleep disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea, and can be caused by many things, including age, weight, and genetics. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder which …

Botox for TMJ Dysfunction May Cause Bone Deterioration

When you suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, you may find yourself feeling desperate to get the relief you want. Some people are willing to try anything to get that relief, even if that means trying things that aren’t adequately studied or proven safe and effective. For temporomandibular joint dysfunction (or TMJ dysfunction for short) some …

Surprising Causes of Headaches

Sometimes it’s easy to tell why we experience the pain we do. Toothaches can be caused by cavities, and pain in the ankle can be caused by a sprain. But sometimes we find ourselves in pain and can’t explain why. Such is sometimes the case with headaches. Though headaches can be caused by many things …

TMJ Pain and Your Mask

Wearing a mask has become a way of life for most of us, and it seems like it won’t be going away anytime soon. Unfortunately, while masks help keep us and those around us safe from illness, they can sometimes come with their own set of problems. Many people report breaking out from wearing their …

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and Your Health

We often hear that our oral health affects our overall health- but what does that mean, exactly? How could brushing our teeth affect the heart, blood, and stomach? Bacteria from our gums can be the cause of many troubles in our bodies, from Alzheimer’s disease to stroke and diabetes. But that’s just bacteria. There are …

New Dangers of Vaping Revealed

The American Heart Association has issued another dire warning against smoking electronic cigarettes, or vaping. This warning comes on the heels of new evidence that finds that vaping isn’t just bad for the heart and lungs, it’s also bad for the mouth, too. It seems dentists have noticed an uptick in younger patients who vape, …

New Program Targets American Oral Health

A healthy population is a strong population, and agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) want Americans to be healthy. That’s why on August 18 they launched a new version of an older program, Healthy People 2030. The Healthy People 2030 program is an initiative …

Oral Health Care During Illness

With the world in the midst of a global pandemic and cold and flu season right around the corner again, it’s important to know how to take care of our oral health when we’re not feeling well. While you might think it’s obvious, reports from around the globe about worsening oral hygiene during quarantine tell …

The Sleep Apnea / Heart Disease Connection

You may have already heard that obstructive sleep apnea is connected to myriad other health conditions, including heart disease, but do you know the how and why these two serious conditions are connected? Here’s what you should know about sleep apnea and your cardiovascular health. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where the airway becomes …

What is the STOPBANG Test?

For millions of people around the world who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, they may have a diagnosis thanks in no small part to a concerned partner or roommate who cannot help but overhear them snoring or stopping and restarting breathing as they sleep. But for many others who live alone, this type of intervention …

Dentists See Spike in Oral Health Problems During Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has altered the way many of us live our lives, maybe even forever. From wearing masks in public to working from home, many of us have had our daily routines disrupted in ways we may never have thought possible a year ago. But while some of these changes may not be entirely …

Sleep Apnea May Raise Spine Fracture Risk

Obstructive sleep apnea can really wreak havoc on your overall body health. It can cause exhaustion, lethargy and depression, and worsen many conditions including diabetes, cancer, and heart conditions like atrial fibrillation. But now, a new study has revealed yet another way obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can harm your health. Obstructive sleep apnea is a …

Are Stressful Times a Pain in the Jaw?

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a stressful year so far. From the COVID-19 pandemic to really anything on the news right now, it’s natural to be stressed out and tense. Unfortunately, all that stress and tension can take a toll on our mental and physical health, and manifest itself in ways we may …

Using Probiotics to Enhance Health

We know that what we eat affects our body in different ways. Excess sugars cause obesity, diabetes and cavities. Protein helps muscle growth. Calcium is good for our bones. But there’s another element to some foods, called probiotics that can can help us in ways we may not realize. Probiotics are good bacteria and yeasts …

Do You Need a Sleep Divorce?

Sleep apnea. It can cause a long list of problems from medical conditions to depression and more. But it can also cause another problem at its most basic level: snoring. According to The Sleep Foundation, snoring affects an estimated 90 million Americans, 37 million of whom snore on a regular basis. But snoring doesn’t just …

Your Guide to Fillings

In the dental restoration process, there are a lot of procedures you may hear about, whether you end up needing them or not. There are many different types of restorations your teeth may need to undergo in order to restore your healthy beautiful smile. One of those restorations is dental fillings. What are fillings? Fillings …

Full Mouth Rehabilitation Options

They may not be mirrors to our souls, but our teeth are definitely a reflection of how we’re perceived in the world. Damaged or stained teeth can make us look older, while healthy, whiter teeth can make us look happier, younger and studies have shown, more attractive and confident. Conversely, damaged or missing teeth have …