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Do You Have TMJ? 8 Symptoms Not to Ignore

Although people often refer to TMJ disorder as TMJ, this abbreviation is for the joint that causes the pain—the temporomandibular joint. When this joint is causing pain or not functioning properly, the condition is known as TMJ disorder, also known as TMD or TMJD. It’s believed that around 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ pain. Although the joint in question …

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Is Invisalign the Best Choice for You?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment as an adult, you’re likely weighing your options between Invisalign and traditional braces. Many patients wonder if Invisalign is really as effective as braces or if the trade-off for a more discreet orthodontic treatment is one that doesn’t work as well. Ultimately, the decision is up to you—you’ll have to take your lifestyle and personal …

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Types of Toothbrushes: Which Is Best for You?

It might seem like an inconsequential decision, but choosing the right kind of toothbrush is actually more important than most people think. With the wrong type of brush, you can cause your gums to recede, leave plaque buildup on your teeth, or erode away the enamel and cause stains.  The best way to know which toothbrush is right for you …

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Dental Emergency Do’s and Dont’s

When a dental emergency strikes, it can be hard to think clearly. You or your loved one is in pain, there might be bleeding or missing teeth—even the best of us have trouble staying calm, cool, and collected in such circumstances. We hope that when reading this article, you’re not currently dealing with an emergency situation. Read the tips carefully …

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7 Dental Implant Questions to Ask Before Your Procedure

Once you’ve made the decision to pursue dental implants as a solution for your missing teeth, the next step is finding the right doctor for the job. At Smiles on the Upper Westside, Dr. Massiah and his team are highly trained and have the experience needed to help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.  If you’re interviewing a …

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4 Tips For How to Prevent Bad Breath

If you’re human, you’ve had bad breath at some point in your life. Our patients are sometimes embarrassed to ask us about bad breath, but there’s no reason to feel that way––no one wants to have bad breath, but often the causes are out of your control. It may also be a sign of a more serious issue, which is …

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Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Options to Consider

We see many patients who are in the process of deciding between dental implants and dentures. As you weigh your options, it’s important to consider the following: You hear it time and time again––dental implants prevent bone loss. But what exactly does it mean and how does it work? Permanent (adult) teeth are anchored in place by a long root. …

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4 Common Dental Problems in Older Adults

Even when we take the best possible care of our teeth, problems start to develop as we age. This is why it’s especially important to make those biannual dental exams and cleanings well into your senior years––dentists can spot potential issues before they progress to the point of needing costly restorative care. Below are some of the most common dental …

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7 Ways to Banish Bad Breath for Good

Bad breath, scientifically called halitosis, is a problem no one wants to have. Not only is bad breath unpleasant to others and makes a negative impression, it can also be a sign of underlying oral health issues. If you want to banish bad breath and keep it away for good, you’ll need to make some changes and develop some good …

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Dental Implants vs. Bridge

When you are missing a tooth, you have three options: you can get a dental implant, a dental bridge, or just leave it be. We don’t recommend the third option–doing nothing is certainly an option that works for every budget, but when a tooth isn’t replaced, it can alter the shape of your face, impact your speech patterns, cause problems …