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Parenting guide to giving up Paci

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN Pacifiers are everywhere when you have a baby or young toddler. You probably have one in the car, in your purse and diaper bag, and in nearly every room of the house. Many babies become attached to a pacifier at a young age. Although babies have a natural tendency to suck on either their fingers or …

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Waking up with a Sore Jaw could mean you have Bruxism

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN Do you ever wake up with a sore jaw? If you do, you are likely clenching and grinding your teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism occurs most often in adults, although children may suffer from it, too. The causes of Bruxism can be so far-reaching that actually stopping the issue can be difficult. …

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Interceding Poor Growth and Poor Development

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN Chronic mouth breathing has been known to cause adverse effects on a child’s facial development, behavior, health, and academic performance. Occasional mouth breathing is typically fine, but chronic mouth breathing is a problem, and here is what you should know about it, and how to fix it. The harm with chronic mouth breathing Mouth breathing adversely …

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Visual Indicators of Tethered Oral Tissue

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN Any form of tethered oral tissue (TOT), be it a tongue-tie or lip-tie, can cause significant problems for your child. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to know whether your child actually has a tongue-tie or lip-tie. We’re here to help, providing these visual indicators that a tethered oral tissue is present. Signs of a tongue-tie: A …

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Unwrap the Gift of a Smile for the Holidays

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN Your smile is the first thing people notice about you, and it gives people a first impression. What is your smile saying about you? If you hide your smile or shy away from social gatherings, maybe it is time to transform your smile into one that makes you feel confident. With the holiday season upon us, …

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Tongue Tie Releases

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN Our tongues and upper lips are tethered to our gums with a thin piece of tissue known as a frenum. When this tissue is too restrictive, it results in what is known as tethered oral tissue (TOTS). When this occurs, it happens as we are formed, and a person is either born with it or not. …

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Why Extractions Aren’t Necessary for Orthodontics

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN Is orthodontics such as braces in your child’s future? If so, extractions may also be part of the treatment plan. For nearly 50 years, orthodontists have commonly extracted teeth to make room for straightening teeth by way of orthodontics. The idea was that the jaw does not grow past puberty, but that is not what research …

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I’m Struggling to get through the day – Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea Could be to Blame

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN The kids are back in school, and this new schedule can be hard to adjust, yet you are already struggling to get through each day. Although we could all use a little less stress and more sleep in our lives, there are millions of Americans going around with undiagnosed sleep apnea, the new silent killer. And, …

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The Surprising Link Between Sleep Loss and Cancer

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN These days, we all seem to live busy lives. Between work, family, and fun activities, there appears to be little time for sleep. But, even if you seem to fit in enough hours, are you receiving the quality sleep that your body and brain need to thrive? Not getting the right amount of sleep could kill …

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Change Your Child’s Looks with Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN Orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) may be a mouthful to say, but it should be something parents ask their dentist about early on. Here’s what it is, and what it is not. OMT is a growing field in which dental and speech professionals collaborate to treat patients with sleep apnea, TMJ disorder, ankyloglossia (tongue-tie), and sleep breathing …

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Link Between Tethered Oral Tissue and Sleep Apnea in Children

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN If you are a parent, specifically a new mommy, you should be aware of tongue and lip ties, also known as tethered oral tissues (TOTS), and the warning signs that you child may have this condition. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent long-term health consequences. The longer a person lives with an abnormally short …

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Teeth Grinding and Sleep Relationship

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN Teeth grinding and clenching, referred to as bruxism, affects many Americans. This unconscious habit can occur during the night (sleep bruxism) or daytime (awake bruxism) and can be brought on by your anatomy or external factors such as stress. This continuous pressure on the teeth and jaw leads to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), causing pain in …

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Why Everyone Needs to be Screened for Sleep Apnea

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN   When most people hear the words sleep apnea, they associate this condition with overweight individuals, certainly not athletes. Surprisingly, sleep apnea can plague anyone, regardless of size or health. This health condition is quickly becoming referred to as the silent killer since it comes with comorbidities such as heart attacks and strokes. Regardless of your …

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What’s Causing my Teeth to be Sensitive?

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN When you sip your morning coffee or indulge in a bowl of ice cream, do you cringe in pain? Ouch! That intense sensation of pain could be tooth sensitivity, which is something that many people deal with on a day-to-day basis. However, if your sensitive teeth are getting in the way of being able to enjoy …

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Stop and Think Before Extracting Before Braces

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN Extracting teeth prior to orthodontic treatment is standard procedure for many patients. The teeth are often extracted because of present overcrowding, or to allow additional room for teeth to straighten and enter proper alignment. While this is a widely accepted approach, at Crestview Dental Care, we believe a functional orthopedic approach is preferred. This involves treating …

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Why Your Child’s Baby Teeth Matter

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN Babies tend to get their first tooth around 4-6 months of age. Parents usually “ooh” and “aww” over this stage in their child’s life, and soon their bouncy toddler has a mouth full of chompers. Many parents are unaware of just how important their child’s baby teeth are to the growth and development of their child. …

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Why you May be Prone to Getting Cavities

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN So you brush and floss just like the dentist recommends, you even follow through religiously with your dental checkups and cleanings, and you avoid consuming too much sugar. On the other hand, your buddy is more than lax about their oral health, yet seems not to get cavities. Why are you the one that gets cavities, …

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What you Should Know About Sleep Disorders in Children

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Knoxville and Maryville, TN For infants and children, sleep is vital to foster proper growth and development. Sleep is not easy to come by for everyone, including the young. A sleep breathing disorder can make your child miss out on restorative sleep and its benefits. Does your child snore loudly? This can be a warning sign of a sleep breathing …