Most people aren’t aware that they’re grinding their teeth until damage occurs. If you’re one of the millions of people clenching your jaw or grinding, you’re experiencing a medical condition known as bruxism. It’s a common misconception that only night guards are available to treat tooth grinding and related issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). There are many treatments available today, including the use of targeted Botox injections. If you’ve only heard of these injections used for cosmetic purposes, you should also explore the benefits of Botox for TMJ issues. It may be just what you need to relieve pain and tightness in the jaw for months at a time.
On both sides of your face, your jaw connects to the rest of the skull with the help of the powerful temporomandibular joint. That’s a mouthful, so most people simply call it the TMJ. You need your TMJ to give you a strong bite strength and to move your lower jaw in different directions for clear speech. Unfortunately, the joint is at risk of soreness, tightness, and overall wear when you develop a habit of clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth. The majority of people who experience these issues repeat them at night, making it hard to consciously control the action. Seeking out the right TMJ treatment from your dentist can solve pain problems and prevent long-term damage from occurring to this important joint.
Faster and more cost-effective than dental implants and crowns, dental bonding can restore your tooth and your smile in one short visit.
A new year brings new hopes, new goals, and new experiences to look forward to. It’s also a time to re-evaluate, re-envision, and refresh your life.One way to significantly impact your confidence and your appearance in the new year is to enhance your smile. It’s often the first thing people notice and the last thing they remember about you.
Dentistry has always been a personal experience. It’s your body, your teeth, your smile, and it demands a special level of care. Although high volume dental chains are popping up everywhere, people still prefer a dentist who remembers their name, lives in their community, and authentically cares about them.
While you may not think of seeing your dentist for sleep related issues, the Murray Dental Group offers a comfortable and convenient solution to help you sleep better and wake up refreshed.
Because gum disease can be painless early on, it often goes unchecked and untreated. Serious consequences may occur when Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) turns into Periodontitis (gum disease). Patients not only experience tooth loss and other oral health concerns, but it can also lead to more significant overall health issues.
Say goodbye to uncomfortable bitewings. Because your comfort is our priority, the Murray team offers a safer, pain-free dental x-ray experience for our patients.
Brushing your teeth is one of the most widespread daily habits in America. But what if we’re not doing it right? What if we could brush more effectively for better oral health?
ARE YOU USING THE RIGHT TOOTHPASTE? Choosing the right toothpaste for you and your family can be an overwhelming adventure. The Murray Dental team has created a quick guide to help you make a well-informed choice.
Do you ever wonder what happens at Murray Dental Group when you’re not there? There are many ways to stay connected with our team and get a glimpse into what we’re up to in between your visits.
Did you know that a healthy tongue is an essential part of your overall oral health? Your tongue is one of your mouth’s most important defenses against bacteria and plaque. It also allows you to taste and swallow the foods you love, articulate words correctly, play instruments, (and even kiss). If your tongue is so important, how do you know if it’s healthy?
While sensitivity does not automatically mean you have a serious oral health issue, tooth pain should not be ignored. At a minimum, if you are experiencing sensitivity please share it with the Murray team during your next visit.
Finding the right dental practice for you and your family may be one of the most important long-term health choices you make. Whether you’re new to the area or you’re in transition to another community, here are some tips for choosing a dentist:
Beyond the annoying noise, can snoring be a sign of a more serious problem? The short answer is – maybe.
From an early age, we are taught the basics of good oral health care habits. Brush properly at least twice a day. Floss daily. Rinse regularly with the appropriate mouthwash. Visit the Murray Dental Group every six months for a thorough professional cleaning and exam.
Believe it or not, the most common chronic disease among young people aged 5 to 17 is dental decay. As a parent, you can play a big role in helping your child achieve and maintain a beautifully healthy smile throughout the school year. Beyond their regular visits to the Murray Dental Group, here are some helpful oral health tips for school days…
In traditional dentistry, the primary method for filling a cavity was to use silver amalgam metal. As a result, you may be among the millions of Americans who reveal a little silver sparkle every time you smile.
At Murray Dental Group, we serve the youngest to the oldest, so we know that daily oral care is an essential life habit to pass on to our children. Here are some tips to help your children learn to love brushing their teeth.
DO WE REALLY NEED TO VISIT THE DENTIST EVERY SIX MONTHS? After high school, many adults cut back on their dental visits. While 83% of children between the ages of 2-17 visit the dentist regularly, only 61.7% of adults make the dentist a regular part of their life.
Did you know the average American sees their dentist more often than their physician? Dental practices have become the first line of defense for catching oral cancer early. At Murray Dental Group, your health is our primary focus.
If you have missing or damaged teeth, you are not alone. Studies say that 69% of adults aged 35-44 have lost one or more of their permanent teeth. With many tooth replacement options available in today’s modern dental practices, the Murray team loves the advantages provided by Dental Implants.
The holiday season has arrived. Houses light up the night sky. Sales offers fill our mailboxes. Seasonal songs greet us everywhere we go. For most, the holidays provide a special time for families to gather and gifts to be shared. We laugh, play games, maybe argue a little bit, but we always have food. Family buffets rich with sweets and meats and casseroles and treats.
Gone are the days of cold, drab dental offices with antiquated technology seemingly designed to raise anxiety levels among patients. The modern dental experience is driven by comfort, precision, and solutions that both beautify and maximize oral health at the same time.
Whether a minor annoyance or a major throbbing, all forms of dental pain may be sending you a message. Our bodies were designed to tell us when something major might be wrong. Pay attention to your body and contact us right away if you have a serious concern.
Studies say that 44% of Americans made New Year’s Resolutions to kick off 2015. The vast majority of resolutions were related to health changes and commitments. However, by the end of January 2015, only about 1 in 3 were still committed to fulfilling their resolution. At Murray Dental Group, we want to encourage you and your family to consider a few simple resolutions that will help you pursue healthy smiles.
Daily brushing and flossing combined with regular professional dental cleanings from the Murray team are still the most effective way to keep your mouth healthy. However, according to the American Dental Association, therapeutic mouthrinses or mouthwashes can help improve your overall oral health.
Is it possible that billions of dollars of dental insurance benefits go unused every year? A recent study found that more than one third of adults under 65 did not submit even one dental insurance claim during the year.
Can smiling help you live seven years longer? Researchers at Wayne University studied old photographs of baseball players to see. According to their results, non-smiling players lived an average of seventy-three years, while those who smiled a little bit added two years to the average. Players who flashed a teeth-filled, wide smile lived an average of eighty years.
Here are a couple of fun facts about New Year’s Resolutions as we begin the 2019. Topping the resolution’s chart every year is a commitment to get more exercise. Gyms and workout facilities love this time of year as people kick off their new campaigns. Unfortunately, after three months, dedication falters as half of all resolutions have kicked the bucket.
What if you could transform your smile in as few as two visits to the Murray Dental Group?With the advent of modern dental technologies, there are many options today to improve your smile.
The Murray team understands that tooth replacement is a very real concern for the majority of American adults. Studies say more than two-thirds of middle-aged adults have lost one or more of their permanent teeth. While many options are available for tooth replacement, we always search for the best lifelong solutions for our patients.
“Did you brush your teeth?” It’s a question all parents have asked their children. Because we realize the value of healthy teeth and a beautiful smile, we want them to learn to care for their teeth every day. Here are some simple but effective ideas from the Murray Dental Group to help you develop good oral healthcare habits in your children.
With a significant rise in the desire for a whiter smile, OTC teeth whitening options have flooded the market over the last few years. As a result, patients often ask us: Is Professional in-office Whitening better than the over-the-counter products available?
Studies say that the average American consumes more than 23 pounds of sugar from soft drinks every year. Although sugary drinks may taste great, they also contribute to tooth decay and possibly even more serious oral health issues.
From first impressions to ongoing personal and professional relationships, your smile can often speak louder than words or actions. Studies reveal at least four ways a great smile can help you.
We want to help you keep your teeth for life. Essential to that goal is maintaining healthy enamel, the hard outer covering that guards your teeth from bacteria and other harmful influences. Strong enamel leads to healthy and protected teeth.
Gum health may impact your overall health. Periodontal (Gum) disease is not only the leading cause of tooth loss, but also has been shown to raise the risk factor for several potential health issues including stroke and heart disease.
What if there was a simple treatment to help your kids prevent cavities? Isn't brushing enough? While regular brushing and flossing is critical to cavity prevention and overall oral health, even good brushing cannot always reach all the grooves and depressions in your teeth.
Every time you open your mouth, it reveals some interesting and surprising things about you. Your dental hygienist and your dentist see much more than cavities and crowns. They are like experienced dental investigators, reading the evidence as they help you achieve optimal oral health.
Do You Get Enough Sleep? If you have a difficult time getting a full night’s rest, you may have a common sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious issue affecting over 20 million Americans and costing upwards of $3 billion annually for diagnosis and treatment.
If you have concerns with bad breath, you are not alone. According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, 40 million Americans suffer from issues with bad breath. We’d like to recommend a few simple solutions.
It won't be long before we gather with friends and family on New Year's Eve to celebrate the joys and sorrows of 2017. When the ball drops and the clock strikes midnight, your dental insurance benefits will reset. Any unused benefits from 2017 will be lost.
Proper daily oral hygiene prevents most cavities. However, even the most meticulous among us may experience a cavity in need of repair. Rather than being resigned to the silver-filled smiles of old, Murray Dental Group offers a more natural looking, tooth colored cavity solution. Today’s composite fillings match your natural tooth color for a more beautiful, confident smile.
Soon the giant ball will drop on Times Square and we will all be saying goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016. When the clock strikes twelve, your dental insurance policy will automatically reset for the new year. What does that mean for you?
Unlike some cell phone plans, your dental insurance does not roll over as we enter a new calendar year. When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, your 2018 dental benefits will turn into a pumpkin. If you have unused benefits, now is the time to contact the Murray Dental Group to schedule treatment before the end of the year.
The holidays typically bring family and friends together for parties and celebrations. That means greeting people, engaging in face-to-face conversations, hugs, laughter, and sharing memories.
While many of us may floss when we know our regular dental checkup is coming up, studies say that only 5% of American floss regularly. The Murray Dental team highly recommends you join the top 5% today, both for your dental health and your bank account.
Do you have a snoring problem? The Murray Dental Group can help. Studies show that twenty-four percent of American women and forty percent of American men have issues with snoring.