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Jaw Pain? Could be TMJ

The term is shortened because it’s a mouthful, but TMJ is temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders. These are a set of conditions that can cause pain in the jaw’s joint and in the muscles you use to move your jaw. According to The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research,

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Mouth Guards

With students returning to school and to the athletic fields for the fall season, it’s important to remind parents, coaches and athletes why they should wear mouth guards during practice and competition. Proper mouth and head gear can protect athletes from serious injuries in various sports – ranging from football

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Teeth and Bullying

Bullying that can be physically and emotionally scarring to young children has long been a problem in society, and sadly seems to be increasing in recent years. Bullies often pick on children who are smaller than they are, but that’s just one aspect of these troubling incidents. A recent study

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Thumb-Sucking Prevention Tips

It’s natural for babies and toddlers to suck their thumbs, a soothing action humans have performed for centuries. Most children stop thumb-sucking on their own, usually between the ages of 2 and 4. But others continue the habit for years beyond that range – a habit that can lead to

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Braces: Not Just For Kids

Most people associate braces and orthodontic treatment with the sometimes awkward teen and pre-teen years. While large numbers of young people continue to receive orthodontic treatment, more adults than ever before are seeking to improve their health and self-esteem by visiting their orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recently reported that

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Your Child’s First Visit: When Should It Be?

Should I schedule an orthodontic appointment for my child? That’s a question most parents will ask themselves as their kids grow, but waiting until they are out of elementary school could cause orthodontic and dental problems later in life. Many families opt for early orthodontic care, which gives children a

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Orthodontists and Dentists: What’s The Difference?

When it comes to caring for their teeth, many people may confuse the roles of orthodontists and dentists. While each professional provides dental health care for their patients, there are significant differences between the two fields. With offices in Fort Walton Beach and Niceville, Dr. Roger A. Grace and Dr.

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Braces: What Are My Options?

When many people think of braces, they likely recall the heavy, painful-looking metal and wire devices of years gone by and schoolyard taunts of “metal mouth” from less-than-sensitive classmates. But orthodontics has come a long way since those days. While metal braces are still in use, patients now have more

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