Albuquerque Dentist Explains TMJ Disorder

Do you experience frequent headaches? What about constant neck pain? If you suffer from chronic pain in the neck and face, you may be exhibiting symptoms of a serious disorder. TMJ disorder, also referred to as TMD, affects an estimated ten million Americans. In today’s blog, Albuquerque family dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, discusses the causes of TMJ disorder, and the treatment options available at Snow Park Dental.

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Albuquerque Dentist: Is Coffee Good or Bad?

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Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. Half of all Americans regularly drink coffee, and on average, Americans consume over 146 billion cups of coffee annually. How many people do you know who can’t start their day without their coffee?  Is coffee even good for you? Your Albuquerque cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, weighs in on the coffee debate.

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Albuquerque Dentist Describes 5 Dental Emergencies that Require Professional Help

A dental emergency can be paralyzing. Common first aid and medical knowledge covers cuts, bruises, sprains, and other injuries we encounter every day. Unfortunately, people are not as well-versed in what to do about dental trauma. A lost dental crown or filling can inspire panic. Be prepared for dental emergencies that come your way by reading this advice from your Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark Miller.

Bleeding

A small laceration in the mouth is not usually a problem. For first aid, place a teaspoonful of salt in a small glass of warm water and then rinse your mouth with the mixture. Afterward, hold a wet piece of gauze to the bleeding area for 10 to 20 minutes. If you are still bleeding after 20 minutes, see Dr. Miller immediately or go to the emergency room. If the bleeding stops, you may hold a cold compress to the outside of your cheek on top of the area that was bleeding, to help relieve pain. Note: bleeding can be a sign of gum disease, so if your gums bleed regularly, visit Dr. Miller. (more…)

Albuquerque Dentist on How Age Affects Your Teeth

As we get older, time can take a toll on our teeth and gums. After a lifetime of wear and tear, our smiles can become stained and more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. What can you do to protect your teeth and keep your smile beautiful? Thankfully, your Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, is here with some tips for maintaining a lifetime of bright, white smiles.

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Albuquerque Dentist on Implants and Denture Stability

One of the leading complaints about dentures is how insecure they can fit in the mouth.  Over time, the friction between the dentures and gum ridges will cause even the best-fitted set of dentures to become loose, forcing a never-ending series of denture refittings.  However, there is an alternative.  Instead of being placed on top of the gums, dentures can instead be attached to dental implantsImplant-attached dentures provide years of strength and stability.  Your Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, explains the implant procedure and what that can mean for your dentures and quality of life.

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Albuquerque Dentist Encourages Fresh Breath This Holiday Season

For many people, halitosis can be worse than finding a lump of coal in the stocking. No one wants to be around people with foul breath, especially during the holidays. Your Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, discusses some common causes of and effective solutions for bad breath.

Causes of Halitosis

The top cause of bad breath is poor dental hygiene. Having bad breath may be the first sign that your mouth is not as healthy as it can be. Your mouth contains millions of microscopic bacteria that live on your teeth, gums, and tongue. These bacteria love feeding on leftover food particles after a meal or a snack. After feeding, the bacteria will release an acidic byproduct. Not only does this byproduct damage your teeth, but it also is foul-smelling. However, those bacteria are not the only cause. Sometimes, bad breath is a direct result of the food you eat. Foods such as onions and garlic can continue to smell even hours after digestion. The various acids and oils in these foods can end up being absorbed into your bloodstream and taken to your lungs, where they permeate the air that is being exhaled. Another cause might be an underlying health issue. There are a number of diseases and conditions that might cause halitosis, such as dry mouth, stomach ulcers, acid reflux disease, and sinus infections. If you are concerned that the reason for your bad breath might be medical, consult your primary care physician.

Ways to Improve Your Breath

Make sure you brush and floss regularly. By brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, you remove both the bacteria and the food particles they like to feed in, preventing the process that leads to bad breath and tooth decay. Don’t neglect to brush or scrape the tongue, since that is another source for breath-fouling bacteria. You can also use a mouthwash, but be aware that most mouthwashes only temporarily cover the bad breath odor, and do nothing about the cause. The exception is mouthwashes that contain peroxide, which can kill off bacteria. Drinking lots of water and chewing sugarless gum are also effective solutions. Both promote the production of saliva, which can help to wash away the bacteria. If you are a tobacco user, strongly considering quitting. Far better breath is among the many health benefits you will gain from kicking the habit.

Ask Your Albuquerque Dentist for Fresh Breath Advice

Are you concerned about your bad breath or any other aspect of your oral health? Make an appointment with your Albuquerque dentist office by calling Snow Park Dental at (505) 299-2979. Located in the 87112 area, we proudly serve patients from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Edgewood, Corrales, Los Lumas, Tijeras, Mountain Air, Santa Fe, and Taos.