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Can I Keep My Dentures on All the Time?

July 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — bghdental @ 4:26 pm
Smiling man holding dentures in his hand while dentist gives thumbs up

While dentures offer a fantastic, removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues, leaving them on 24/7 can do you more harm than good. Dentures may restore vital functions to your lifestyle, such as talking clearly, eating efficiently, and smiling confidently, but it’s essential that you take them out every night before bed to prevent complications. Here is more about what happens if you keep your dentures on all the time.


Can Temperature Affect Sleep Apnea?

April 21, 2023

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Man unable to sleepWith the cold months of winter behind you, you might have noticed you’re not sleeping as well. If you have sleep apnea, a good right night’s rest can already be difficult without tossing and turning because you’re uncomfortable. It may not be from a bad mattress. Believe it or not, heat can make sleep apnea worse, which means complying with your treatment plan is more important than ever before. Here’s how you can breathe better and sleep peacefully during the summer.


Will a Pacifier Harm Your Baby’s Teeth?

March 2, 2023

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Infant sucking on pacifierPacifiers can help your infant learn to self-soothe by pacifying their instinct to suckle. While many parents never leave home without packing a binkie, you don’t want your little one to rely on a pacifier for too long. Prolonged use of a pacifier and other sucking behaviors can lead to dental problems that can affect your baby’s oral development. Here’s what your pediatric dentist wants you to know about the potential risks of pacifiers. 


How to Help Your Child Deal with “Two-year Molars”

February 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — bghdental @ 9:39 pm
Little girl holding a toothbrush and making a funny face

You’re probably familiar with the concept of wisdom teeth—four molars that sprout in early adulthood, often uncomfortably. You may have even had yours taken out, or known someone who has.

As it turns out, young children experience something similar. The last baby teeth your child will get are their so-called “two-year molars,” and their arrival can be a little uncomfortable for your child. Here’s what you ought to know about these teeth, and what they mean for both children and parents.


How are Sleep Apnea and Gum Disease Linked?

January 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — bghdental @ 4:44 pm
Pulling up lip to show inflamed gum tissue

When you have sleep apnea, your breathing may be interrupted multiple times throughout the night, forcing your body to frequently wake up for air. This dangerous condition can leave you feeling exhausted during the day and may potentially lead to heart failure and strokes. But did you know that sleep apnea could also put you at a higher risk for gum disease? Here’s how a sleep disorder can affect your oral health as well as what you can do to improve the quality of your rest and protect your smile.


The Power of Praise on Your Child’s Oral Health

December 14, 2022

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parents brushing their teeth with their child

As a conscientious parent, you are always trying to instill positive habits into your little one’s life early on. This includes a great oral hygiene routine! You understand how their dental practices will help them to have a healthy mouth for years to come. Teaching your child how to clean their teeth properly is a key part of this, but it can be a challenge to get them to be motivated and consistent. Read on to learn more about the power of praise on your young one regarding their oral health routine!


Can Genetics Play a Role in Your Risk for Sleep Apnea?

December 2, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — bghdental @ 9:58 am
Blue DNA spiral floating over scientist's hand

Does one of your parents snore at night? Aside from being annoying for their spouse, snoring is also a common symptom of sleep apnea. It’s also a sign you may want to talk to your dentist about sleep apnea treatment. Recent research has shown that the genes you inherit from your parents may influence your risk of sleep apnea. Keep reading to learn more about the connection between sleep apnea and genetics.  


3 Common Myths about Children’s Dentistry, Busted

November 17, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — bghdental @ 5:19 pm
A portrait of a smiling child

From educational videos to advice from other parents, you’re probably doing everything you can to learn how to keep your child healthy. Sometimes, things that aren’t true might get repeated, which is why there are so many myths surrounding childcare. It’s easy for these to be accepted as fact, so it can be helpful to evaluate them once in a while. In that spirit, here are 3 myths about children’s dentistry, busted.


How Long Will I Need to Wear My Retainer After Invisalign?

October 6, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — bghdental @ 8:24 pm
example of an aligner for Invisalign in Greenfield

With Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about covering your smile with metal brackets and wires to straighten your teeth. Your clear aligners will also allow you to show off your pearly whites without anyone noticing your treatment process! However, you’ll still need to wear your retainer after you’ve completed your trays to retain your hard-earned results. How long will you need to use them? Read on to learn what you should expect with your retainer and what can happen if you don’t wear it.


Does My Tooth Sensitivity Need Emergency Care?

September 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — bghdental @ 8:21 am
A man experiencing tooth sensitivity

You might not think tooth sensitivity is a big deal at first. After all, isn’t it just a fleeting feeling caused by food debris or something? It’ll surely resolve itself on its own! However, there are times when a sensitive tooth really is an emergency. It’s thus essential to know when you should see a dentist for the condition. Otherwise, you could put your oral health at serious risk. Fortunately, your Greenfield dental practice can help. Read on to learn about tooth sensitivity’s causes, when it’s an emergency, and how to prevent it in the future.

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