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Invisalign Clear Braces Mean Straighter, Healthier Teeth and Better Overall Dental Health

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5/8/2017

Many people think of crooked teeth as merely a cosmetic issue, but that’s not the case – there are solid health benefits to straightening your teeth with Invisalign clear braces. Not all Battle Creek dentist offices offer anything in the way of orthodontic treatment for their patients. However, at Halonen Family Dentistry in Battle Creek we’re happy to offer Invisalign to help our patients with their self confidence while also improving their oral health. In this post, we will look at some of the oral health benefits of having straight teeth. 

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Pediatric Dentistry: Five of the Reasons Why Baby Teeth Need to be Taken Care Of

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4/7/2017

1. Baby teeth aid in the alignment of permanent teeth

The main purpose of baby teeth is to guide permanent teeth. If a tooth is removed due to decay, other teeth will shift and could cause crowding and other problems as permanent teeth come through. If a baby tooth is removed, dental hardware should be used to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting. 

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Three Interesting Facts About Your Wisdom Teeth

Battle Creek Dentist
3/9/2017

Third morals, most commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, are usually the last teeth to come through your gums. Because they come through later than the rest of your fully developed permanent teeth, they are often buried in your gums and even blocked by bone. Over time, most people whose wisdom teeth are blocked by bone, experience discomfort and pain caused by cystic growths. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort due to your wisdom teeth you should see your dentist to get an x-ray and find out what’s going on and to decide whether or not you need an extraction. In this post, we’ll look at a few interesting facts about wisdom teeth! 

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Frequently Asked Question and Answers About Teeth Whitening

2/9/2017

There are many common questions about teeth whitening that we hear from our patients. People who choose to whiten their teeth are generally people who are also conscious of their oral health which means they want to ensure that teeth whitening will not cause any damage or issues. In this post, we will look at four of the most commonly asked questions we get from our patients about teeth whitening. 

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Two Common Dental Issues and How to Prevent Them

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1/11/2017

Making sure to take adequate care of your teeth and gums is more important to your overall health than many people realize. Problems and issues in the mouth can often lead to problems elsewhere in the body. Researchers have found strong correlation between gum disease and heart disease, for example. In this post, we will look at two common dental problems and what you can do to prevent them.

 

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Five Tips and Techniques for Effectively Brushing Your Teeth

pediatric dentistry
12/8/2016

1. Use the right toothbrush

For most people a soft toothbrush is the right choice. It cleans your teeth without damaging your gums or enamel. Oftentimes, stiffer bristles can cause damage especially for those who tend to brush more aggressively. You should always consult your dentist to see what kind of toothbrush is right for you. 

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Four Ways to Encourage Your Child to Brush and Floss Their Teeth

Pediatric Dentistry
11/3/2016

Most parents know that it’s not easy getting their young children to practice dental hygiene. Trying to get your child to brush and floss can often result in tantrums and tears. It’s so important to instill in them the importance of brushing and flossing at a very young age. Turning dental hygiene into a habit is not only a necessary part of limiting conflicts during brushing time, but it also means that they’re more prepared to have better habits as they get older and more independent. 

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The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

Teeth Whitening in Battle Creek
10/10/2016

It's seems as though the toothpaste aisle is getting bigger and bigger with more and more toothpaste options. This is not a bad thing, but it can definitely make deciding on which toothpaste to buy, a lot more difficult. In this post we will go over the common types of toothpaste and what you should be looking for.

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Stress is Proven to Negatively Impact Your Oral Health

9/10/2016

The American Psychological Association has reported that most Americans are living with stress levels that are higher than what's considered healthy. It's pretty well known that high levels of stress can have negative impacts on your overall health, but it's less well known that serious health problems can develop in your mouth, teeth, and gums if your stress level is too high. In this post, we will look at three common oral problems that come from being stressed out.

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The Causes of TMD and How You Can Treat It at Home

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8/12/2016

TMD sometimes is short for Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome or Disorder. Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your temporal bones to your jaw and allows you to speak, eat, and yawn. TMD is known to cause excessive pain and discomfort and can last for long or short periods of time. There are many possible symptoms, including pain when you use your TMJ, lockjaw, clicking or popping in your TMJ when you open and close your mouth, and swelling. In this post we will look at the causes for TMD and how to treat it.

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