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9 Issues That Airway-Focused Orthodontic Treatment Address May 1st, 2022

For a long time, orthodontics focused primarily on cosmetic results. While you certainly want to have a straight and beautiful smile after you finish orthodontic treatment, the right care plan should also ensure that your jaw is aligned and your airways are unobstructed.  That’s why Eric R. Koch, DDS, and...

What Does It Mean to Be a Tongue Thruster? Apr 1st, 2022

Tongue thrusting, also known as reverse swallow or immature swallow, is an oral disorder. The condition causes an abnormal muscle habit in which your tongue protrudes toward the front or side when you swallow or speak. It can also affect your tongue at rest.  While tongue thrusting is common in...

The Link Between Your Frequent Headaches and TMJ Mar 8th, 2022

While it’s not uncommon to experience an occasional headache as a result of stress or inadequate sleep, having recurring headaches associated with jaw or facial pain may be a sign of TMJ disorder. Without treating the underlying cause, these headaches can occur more frequently and interfere with your daily activities. ...

Using TENS Therapy to Remedy Painful TMJ Feb 1st, 2022

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are located in front of your ears on both sides of your head. These joints perform an essential role in connecting your lower jaw to your skull.  TMJs perform like hinges that support your lower jaw as it moves up and down and side to side....

8 Problems that Braces Can Resolve Jan 3rd, 2022

While braces are an excellent treatment for correcting a crooked smile, orthodontics can accomplish much more than improving your appearance. Braces can help you achieve ideal jaw positioning and establish optimal oral function.  Teeth that are positioned correctly also promote efficient breathing. Airway-focused orthodontics is an approach to straightening teeth...

Does Everyone Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed? Dec 1st, 2021

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the four teeth that develop at the end of each dental arch. You will likely have one wisdom tooth on each side of your upper jaw and one on each side of your lower jaw.  Wisdom teeth commonly appear between the ages...

I'm Nervous About My Upcoming Dental Appointment Nov 2nd, 2021

You’re not alone if the thought of going to the dentist makes you feel nervous or anxious. Many people experience some dental fear or anxiety when faced with the prospect of getting a dental procedure.  When your nervousness interferes with your willingness to see a dentist, the results can affect...

5 Reasons to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Oct 4th, 2021

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, include the four teeth that erupt at the end of your dental arch — one on each side of your lower jaw and one on each side of your upper jaw. Like your other adult teeth, wisdom teeth erupt on their own timeline, though they...

How Gum Disease Can Impact Your Overall Health Sep 5th, 2021

If you’re ignoring your gum health, you’re jeopardizing more than your teeth and gums. Poor dental hygiene increases your risk of developing gum disease, an infection of the soft tissue, bone, and ligaments that support your teeth and keep them in place. While gum disease increases your risk of permanent...

4 Important Benefits of Dental IV Sedation Aug 5th, 2021

Having a phobia related to dental treatment isn’t uncommon. Fear of dental treatments, also known as dental anxiety, prevents about 22% of adults from getting the oral care they need to maintain healthy teeth and gums.  Dental anxiety that prevents you from receiving routine check-ups and cleanings can increase your...

How to Floss Your Way to Healthier Teeth and Gums Jul 15th, 2021

You’re not alone if you don’t floss regularly. Only 16% of surveyed Americans say they always floss daily, while 20% only floss when something is stuck between their teeth. Another 8% of those surveyed never floss. It’s easy to understand why so many people avoid flossing. Using an improper technique...

Why You Shouldn't Skip Your Regular Dental Exam Jun 30th, 2021

Whether you’ve put off scheduling a bi-annual dental exam because of fear, inconvenience, or expense, skipping a dental exam can increase your risk of serious damage from untreated tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.  Along with daily brushing and flossing, bi-annual dental exams can ultimately save you time, money,...

Why You Shouldn’t Put Off TMJ Treatment May 26th, 2021

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are positioned in front of your ears on the sides of your head. These joints connect your lower jawbone, or mandible, to your skull at the temporal bone. The joints work like hinges as they allow you to move your jaw up and down, forward and...

Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Signs and Treatment Apr 18th, 2021

Your wisdom teeth are the four molars positioned at the back of your mouth. Some people don’t experience difficulties when their wisdom teeth erupt in their late teens or early 20s, but for others, they become impacted. When this happens, it can cause a wide range of oral problems. When...

Dental Implants Look and Function Just Like Natural Teeth Mar 17th, 2021

Do your loose or missing teeth make you self-conscious about your smile? Do you have trouble chewing some of your favorite foods or speaking properly? If the condition of your teeth is starting to negatively affect your life, Eric Koch, DDS, and the team at Advanced Dental Care of East...