Quit Clenching and Grinding and Get the Facts about Bruxism

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert Do you ever wake up with a dull ache in your jaw? Or, after a stressful day at work, do you find you’re always fighting a headache right at your temples? Chances are you didn’t sleep on your jaw funny or have a tension headache. You likely are clenching your jaw … Continue reading Quit Clenching and Grinding and Get the Facts about Bruxism

How Thumb Sucking and Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders Are Linked

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert Thumb sucking is a normal part of child development. It’s a natural reflex for babies, giving them a sense of security. And as they grow, it can become a habit to self-soothe or help them sleep. Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) are also common in children and toddlers. OMD affects the growth … Continue reading How Thumb Sucking and Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders Are Linked

Acute Jaw Pain: What Causes It and How Do We Treat It?

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert Chronic or intense jaw pain can be debilitating, making it difficult to speak or eat properly. When the pain is severe enough, it can even disrupt your sleep or limit your ability to function normally in your everyday life. Jaw pain can include jaw tenderness, pain when you bite down, pain … Continue reading Acute Jaw Pain: What Causes It and How Do We Treat It?

Teeth Grinding: Long Term Effects and Treatment Options

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert We all have different ways and different places we hold stress in the body. Some of us have a tense neck or tight shoulders or a tender lower back, which can all be stress responses to the ups and downs of this complicated world we live in. From a dental perspective, … Continue reading Teeth Grinding: Long Term Effects and Treatment Options

The Seattle Protocol – Tom’s Story

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert How Did This Start? Tom’s journey began in 2014 when he came to us as a new patient looking to improve his oral health and the appearance of his teeth. During his comprehensive exam, Dr. Elizabeth found the main areas of concern to be the excessive wear, erosion and fracturing of … Continue reading The Seattle Protocol – Tom’s Story

Sleep Apnea and Oral Health Share A Few Primary Connections

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that must be taken seriously. Obstructive sleep apnea is an airway blockage that occurs when, during sleep, muscles in the back of the throat relax and/or the tongue and surrounding tissues migrate back into the throat, obstructing the airway. Not only can sleep apnea … Continue reading Sleep Apnea and Oral Health Share A Few Primary Connections

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder(OMD): What Is It and How Does It Present?

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert You may have heard the term orofacial myofunctional disorder but how much do you know about it? If you’re like most people, probably not much. Surprisingly, it affects a large percentage of the population. It’s estimated that 38% or more than 1 out of 3 people are affected by OMD. Defining … Continue reading Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder(OMD): What Is It and How Does It Present?

5 Ways Mouth Breathing Can Affect Your Teeth and Oral Health 

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert According to the 2015 “About Last Night” survey, mouth breathing affects 71% of Americans. But just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it’s not something to be concerned about. Let’s take a look at the symptoms of mouth breathing and its effect on oral health.  Common indicators of mouth breathing Do you … Continue reading 5 Ways Mouth Breathing Can Affect Your Teeth and Oral Health 

Types of TMD Appliances

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert A hot/cold compress can provide temporary relief from TMJ discomfort but realigning the jaw and bite often requires a bolder approach. If Dr. Elizabeth or Dr. Jeff determines that your jaw discomfort is the result of TMD, they will create a customized treatment plan for you. More than likely this plan … Continue reading Types of TMD Appliances

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy for a Lifetime of Smiles

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert Maintaining a healthy mouth for a lifetime requires a commitment to good habits every day. While it’s best to begin forming these habits in childhood, it’s never too late to experience the benefits of proper oral care.  The ripple effect of gum disease Gingivitis occurs when plaque builds up in your … Continue reading Keeping Your Teeth Healthy for a Lifetime of Smiles