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Goodbye Cavities

With winter upon us, the common cold shows us why it’s aptly named. Rhinoviruses, responsible for many episodes of congestion, coughs, and sore throats, transmit through the population during every season. But research suggests that this virus replicates better at a temperature a few degrees below the body’s core temperature. Plus, people tend to share…

7 Signs Your Smile Needs Help

Categories: Oral Health

In 1952, a university research project examined baseball cards of Major League players. The researchers found that a player’s smile suggested how long he’d live. Players who didn’t smile in their photos lived an average of nearly 73 years, while smiling players lived an average of almost 80 years! A healthy mouth adds value to…

Oral Bacteria: We Are Not Alone

Oral Health, Preventive Care The jury’s still out on the count, but up to 700 types of bacteria call your mouth their home. About 20 billion of these organisms linger on teeth, in your saliva, and on the lining of your mouth at any given time. In dramatic fashion, they’re able to double their population…

What’s Behind Bad Breath?

Oral Health, Bad Breath Some topics are a little hard to broach, especially if we feel ashamed or embarrassed. Bad breath can be that way. It leaves us ignoring a social issue that’s easily eliminated with the right approach. Or we might try masking our breath with tricks that encourage more problems to develop. Understanding…

Common Myths About Dentures

When you think of dentures, or virtually any medical or dental procedure for that matter, you’ve likely heard a number of common myths and misconceptions regarding the procedure. If you’ve (understandably) believed these myths to be true, you may feel discouraged or disinterested in getting dentures, even if it may in fact be the best…

Tackling TMD: How Do We Fix it?

Categories: General Dentistry
Timothy Kitzmiller, DDS, TMJ, TMD, joint disorders, popping jawbone, dental care

When you eat, you hear a pop. When you yawn, you feel a painful grind. When you yell, your jaw may even get stuck. These uncomfortable symptoms could be a sign of a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD is not only annoying, but may cause serious jaw problems later on if untreated. While many cases…

What’s That Sound?

Categories: Sleep Apnea

Millions of people snore when they sleep and most shrug it off as a normal part of life. However, snoring can be an indicator of something more serious: sleep apnea.

Start the New Year Right with Better Dental Habits

Categories: Oral Health
Timothy Kitzmiller Eating Healthy for Dental Health

The New Year is all about New Year’s resolutions, but most of us struggle with making those resolutions stick, often because we choose New Year’s resolutions that are too ambitious. If you want to stick to your resolutions this year, consider dental health improvements, many of which really won’t be that difficult to maintain. Here…