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Dental Health Blog from Smile USA Elizabeth


“Whiplash” is a common term that refers to a neck injury in which the neck is forced to move beyond its normal range of motion. The first place where this type of injury usually comes to mind is in a car accident, especially one in which the car has been rear-ended. Typically when this happens, […]

Ear Symptoms and TMJ

The ears are truly remarkable, and, as one of the five primary sense organs, they help bridge a connection to the surrounding world. Though animals have ears that range in size, from the enormous ears of an elephant to the tiny ears of a mouse, they essentially serve the same function. Most people don’t think […]

What is a TMJ?

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is a joint located on either side of the face in front of the ears and connects the jawbone (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone). It is one of the most complicated joints in the human body, providing not only rotational (pivoting) movement like all joints, but also a translational (sliding) […]

What Good Nutrition Can Do

Quick! Make a mental list of habits that have an impact on your dental health. You thought about brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups, right? Those are all hugely beneficial in keeping your teeth healthy, it’s true. But did you know that your diet has a big influence on your […]

The Facts About: Oral Cancer

Hearing that dentists screen for oral cancer at your checkups may surprise you. True, oral cancer may not be talked as much as other types of cancer, but make no mistake: if it’s not caught early, it’s often deadly. With a high treatment success rate in cases where the cancer was spotted and diagnosed early, […]

Keep the Plaque away!

Have you ever noticed that your teeth feel a little…well, fuzzy at the end of the day? What you’re feeling isn’t fuzz, of course, but plaque. You may have heard your dentist talk about plaque before, but do you know what it is? Plaque is a sticky bio film made up of hundreds and hundreds of naturally-occurring […]

Secrets to Eliminate Bad Breath

There’s no other way to say it – bad breath is unsocial. Fortunately, with good dental care and a few good home remedies, bad breath can be banished. Most often, the offender can be traced to a buildup of bad bacteria in the mouth, so good oral hygiene is essential. Other causes include foods, smoking, dry mouth, medications, […]

Sugary food and sweet packets should carry warnings

Help improve children’s oral health, doctors say. The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for cigarette-style health warnings on the packaging of sugary foods that are aimed at children to curb the high children’s teeth extractions being experienced in dental offices around the country. Dentists are dismayed that more than 34,000 children aged nine years […]

Chewing sugar free gum could save billions of Dollars…

Chewing just one additional piece of sugar free gum each day could save billions worldwide on dental expenditures from treating tooth decay, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Dentistry on 2 April, 2017. The data is significant given tooth decay and oral diseases rank fourth among the most expensive global […]