Posts From February, 2015

Michigan Beats National Average for Routine Dental Care

According to Gallup, 69.4 percent of Michigan adults report seeing the dentist for routine cleanings and examinations in 2013. This is nearly five percentage points higher than the national average of 64.7.

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015

About Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is one of the most effective ways to deal with issues such as dental phobia and anxiety. This option is also ideal for patients who will be required to remain seated during longer procedures or those who have: An overactive gag reflex Difficulties getting numb A dislike of the sights, sounds, or smells… Read More »

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015

Can Hot & Cold Packs Treat TMJ?

The TMJ Association reports that 64 percent of respondents to a recent survey stated they had tried thermal therapy (hot and cold compresses) to deal with painful TMJ symptoms. Of these respondents, 74 percent claimed hot and cold compresses helped relieve discomfort, though only for a short period of time. Thermal therapy may be very… Read More »

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015

Cheat Sheet on Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry is a field of dentistry aimed at creating a positive change for your teeth and your smile. Many people think that porcelain veneers or tooth whitening is all a cosmetic dentist does, but with the expanding field of cosmetic dentistry, there is much more to be done. Here is your brief cheat sheet… Read More »

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015

Risk Factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that causes sufferers to wake up many times in the night. It occurs when airways become so obstructed that the brain wakes you from sleep to restore breathing. The Grand Rapids dentists at A Life of Smiles can help you or a loved one who is experiencing the… Read More »

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015

The Health Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially deadly medical condition in which your breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. When your airway is obstructed, the resulting oxygen deprivation and carbon dioxide buildup cause your brain to rouse you from sleep. This can happen many times in the night and take its toll over time if left untreated.… Read More »

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015

What If You Were Smiling More?

Sometimes, you may look into the mirror and be a little unhappy with the way your smile looks. After all, there really is only so much an at-home product can do. Without a professional cleaning every six months, you will never have that white look you are looking for. That is when it could be… Read More »

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015

When Should You See a Doctor about Possible TMJ Disorder?

The symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD)—which include recurring headaches, jaw soreness, and difficulty biting and chewing—can be vague and may be associated with other conditions, making it difficult for patients to understand what is causing their discomfort. The Grand Rapids dentists at A Life of Smiles have extensive success helping patients find… Read More »

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015

What Are Common TMJ Symptoms?

One of the most frustrating things for our patients in Grand Rapids is that TMJ symptoms are easily confused with symptoms of other conditions. The signs of TMJ can be chalked up to a number of other causes, and that makes it tempting to avoid seeing the dentist to have your jaw and bite alignment… Read More »

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015

Ring in the New Year with a New Smile

The start of the new year is an appropriate time to consider change. Many people establish resolutions or otherwise set goals for positive, personal improvement. If the beginning of 2014 finds you unhappy with the appearance of your smile, the new year may be the right time to consider cosmetic dentistry treatment. The Grand Rapids… Read More »

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015