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November 24, 2015
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Looking back on my first days in dental school, I never would have guessed
that I would become a sort of pseudo-detective. Next time you are in the
dental chair, consider this: Your teeth say a lot about you... perhaps more
than you realize.

Do you drink coffee? I thought so. Has your job been stressful lately?
Your teeth tell me that too. Let me guess... you went six months without
flossing, and had an emergency flossing session last night when you
remembered your dental visit? Don't worry!

While it is true that your teeth are like a window into your lifestyle, the
good news is that we have solutions! For example, many patients tell me
they wish they had whiter teeth. If you are looking for a *dentist in
Scottsdale, Arizona*, you might be glad to find out that with every new
patient experience, we offer a *complimentary tooth whitening kit*! In
addition to using professional products to whiten your smile, you can keep
your smile bright by knowing *what causes tooth stains* in the first
place. Coffee, tea, cola, wine, sauces such as red sauce or curry sauce,
and berries are all things that can darken your teeth, just to name a few!
Next time you visit, just ask us for the *best way to whiten your teeth*.

Another common ailment that is grossly overlooked is *bruxism *- a.k.a.
clenching or grinding your teeth. I have heard estimates that say as many
as 80% of all people have some degree of bruxism. That number seems a bit
high, but I can easily say that at least half of my patients have signs of
tooth grinding... and most don't even realize it! Commonly this problem
has no symptoms, but might show up in the form of teeth that are chipped or
worn along the edges, jaw aches or pains, headaches, back teeth that are
flattened or have small craters, etc. Many times people may even be
incorrectly misdiagnosed as having 'TMJ syndrome.' While there is no 'one
size fits all' treatment for bruxism, one of the most simple and effective
treatments is a *bruxism appliance*, or *night guard*. It is important
that your night guard be *custom made* in order to work properly for you.
We are confident that if you need a* night guard in Scottsdale, AZ* or *night
guard in Phoenix, AZ*, Waterfront Dentistry is your place!

Until next time,
Dr. Monahan,
Waterfront Dentistry

Image credit: courtesy of Carrington College


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