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    This Common Symptom Could Be a Sign of Bullying

    Childhood bullying has been a serious topic making headlines in the last few years. It has been linked to serious negative outcomes in adulthood and even childhood suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Education define bullying as unwanted aggressive behavior, observed or perceived power imbalance and repetition of behaviors or high likelihood of repetition. According to Stopbullying.gov, one in four schoolchildren in the United States report having been bullied at school. The biggest problem is that only 20 to 30 percent of those who have experienced bullying report it to parents or caregivers. Nighttime Teeth Grinding Could Be Sign of Bullying in Teens  New research published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation shows that teenagers who were being bullied in school were four times more likely to suffer from nighttime teeth grinding, sometimes referred as sleep bruxism.  With the release of this new information, the Oral...
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    Treating Jaw Joint Pain

    shutterstock_324033263Many patients suffer from joint and muscle pain. Dr. Pappas has spent over 20 years of his career learning and perfecting ways to help alleviate this pain. Using a combination of neuromuscular dentistry and centric relation dentistry, Dr. Pappas helps patients achieve a better bite and, in turn, decreases their discomfort and TMJ-related pain.   Neuromuscular Dentistry The neuromuscular treatment philosophy is all about balance. It’s about finding a perfect resting position of the jaw to create a balanced bite. Using a series of measurement tools such as sonography, electromyography, jaw tracking and TENS, Dr. Pappas can establish the optimum position of the jaw and plan treatment options that can help you achieve and maintain that position. Centric Relation Dentistry Centric relation has had many definitions since its debut in the 1930s. What has been consistent, however, is that centric relation is about the ideal jaw position that creates a comfortable...
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    Mail Order Teeth Straighteners

    DIYThe first thing that comes to mind when many people think of orthodontic treatment is cost. This concern has teen and adults looking for ways to fix their crooked smiles themselves in alarming ways. Videos that have gone viral with millions of views show teens teaching other teens how to use rubber bands and hair ties to force teeth closer together and close gaps. Companies online are catering to this dangerous trend by offering heavy duty elastic bands marketed just for moving teeth. A quick search for "DIY braces gone wrong" turns up gut wrenching photos of teeth hanging on by a thread or lost completely. The bands can easily slip off teeth up into the gum line where it eventually cuts off circulation to the tooth or teeth it was supposedly fixing. Another product on the market is do-it-yourself clear braces that try to market themselves like Invisalign but without...
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