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Stop Stress, Stop Tooth Grinding

If you grind your teeth, you probably already know that your habit gets worse when your stress level goes up. Not only does tooth grinding cause damage to your teeth, but it can also result in jaw pain and migraines. Using stress-reducing strategies can help lower the risk of damage to your teeth and keep your mouth and body healthy.

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Concerned About Geographic Tongue?

Not only does your tongue help you speak and eat, but it also says a lot about your health. A tongue that is pink and covered with tiny pink bumps called papillae is an indicator of a healthy mouth and body. A tongue that is covered in a white film, bright red bumps or has an appearance of being hairy is a sign of illness and should prompt you to make an appointment with Dr. Caracioni for a further look.

But what about when the top of your tongue is covered in bald, red patches edged with a white border? If your tongue looks like a map of the world, you could have a condition known as geographic tongue, also known as benign migratory glossitis.

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Diving In: See the Dentist Before Scuba Diving

Before you head off on that winter vacation to warmer climates, take note: Researchers at the University of Buffalo warn recreational scuba divers to get a dental checkup before taking the plunge.

How Does Scuba Diving Cause Dental Problems and Pain?

The 2016 University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine study found that 41 percent of scuba divers experience painful dental conditions while underwater. These symptoms include the loss of fillings and the breaking of crowns and other dental restorations. Some participants in the study reported a painful feeling of their teeth being squeezed, a condition known as barodontalgia.

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Stopping the Holiday Soda Truck to Save Teeth

A U.K. dentist has asked for a ban preventing the Coca-Cola Christmas truck from visiting municipalities in Wales and England.

Dentist Karl Bishop says the soft drink company’s annual Christmas soft drink truck tour encourages British children to consume sugary soft drinks that contribute to tooth decay. The Coca-Cola Christmas truck visits multiple cities in the U.K. each year and provides free cans of Coca-Cola to children and adults.

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Sleep Apnea May Cause Migraines

Are you waking up every morning with a headache or migraine? Your problem may not be your head; you may have obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Caracioni treats many sleep apnea patients who report head pain as a common symptom.

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition in which breathing stops during sleep when the airway becomes blocked. The airway can become blocked by enlarged tonsils or adenoids, when the throat muscles become too relaxed and collapse into the throat, or if the jaw is out of position and the tongue falls back and blocks the airway during sleep.

Sleep apnea has been linked to other major health conditions like heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome.

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What to Eat After a Root Canal

A root canal is a dental procedure that removes infected dental pulp from the canals in the roots of your tooth. Root canals are often painless, but taking a few extra steps after your procedure can ensure a quick and comfortable root canal recovery. One of the ways you can facilitate a fast and pain-free recovery is by eating the right foods after your procedure. Dr. Caracioni encourages her patients to eat specific foods after their procedure to stay comfortable and avoid complications.

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Augmented Reality Allows Patients to Test New Smile

Dental patients may soon be able to “try on” a new smile thanks to a recently unveiled device that uses augmented reality to help patients visualize how different dental procedures could change the look of their teeth.

The device, called the Kapanu Augmented Reality Engine, is a product of the Swiss company Kapanu. The developers hope to make smile restorations easier for dentists and patients alike.

“Many patients looking for smile restoration have a hard time visualizing what they would look like with veneers, implants or other restorations,” Dr. Stefania Caracioni, D.D.S., L.V.I.F., said.

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Study: OSA Increases Cardiac Risks

Researchers at the University of Ottawa have made the claim that obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation is a form of cardiac arrhythmia in which the heart begins to beat irregularly and rapidly. It is extremely dangerous and can cause high blood pressure and heart attacks. It is also responsible for 15 to 20 percent of ischemic strokes, in which blood flow and oxygen to the brain are blocked.

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Is There a Difference Between TMJ and TMJD?

Have you been recently diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder? If so, you may have started researching your condition — and you may have seen acronyms like TMJ, TMD and TMJD on the Internet as you looked for information. These abbreviations are often used interchangeably, which can be confusing to some people, so Dr. Caracioni makes it a priority to explain to patients the ins, outs and acronyms of their condition so they can understand their diagnosis and treatment plan.

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What Causes Itchy Teeth?

Have you ever experienced itchy teeth? Persistent itching in your teeth or gums can be a strange sensation. It can also be an indicator of something more serious brewing beneath your gums. Dr. Caracioni encourages patients with itchiness, tingling or other strange sensations in their teeth to schedule an appointment for a closer look.

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