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Myofunctional Therapy and the Tongues Role to your Health

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA The position of your tongue when at rest is a significant indicator of your health, and can affect how you look, speak, eat, and even breathe. If you have an improper oral resting position of the tongue, it may be corrected with myofunctional therapy, a series of exercises that facilitate proper tongue positioning and …

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Is your Child a Mouth Breather? Here’s how the Dentist can Help

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA When it comes to the way your child breathes, what you see or hear can be harmful. Ideally, your child’s breathing should be silent and invisible. If you can see or hear your child breathe, it may be a sign of an airway obstruction—which is one of the major causes behind a sleep breathing …

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Why Pulling Teeth Not Always Best

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Crooked teeth affect more than just your smile. They also can lead to malocclusion, also known as misaligned bite. There are several ways to correct these bite misalignment problems, but one of the traditional methods actually can do more harm than good over the long term. One of the traditional orthodontic treatments for malocclusion …

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Wearing a Neuromuscular Mouth Guard can Increase Athletic Performance

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA The use of mouth guards in contact sports is not only on the rise, but it is recommended. Wearing a mouth guard, both during competition and in practice, substantially reduces an athlete’s risk of sustaining an orofacial or dental injury. Thanks to recent advances in dental science, however, did you know that wearing a …

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Help Your Child Develop Healthy Oral Hygiene with These Tips

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA As a parent, you make sure your kids complete their homework, practice good behavior, and eat right, although there are many more things you teach your child. This parenting journey can be difficult at times. Among the laundry list of stuff that parents must teach their children, least we forget about healthy oral hygiene …

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Teething Babies Need Oral Hygiene

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Teething is a challenging time in life both for the child and the parents. A baby who is teething is prone to irritability, fussiness, insomnia or decreased appetite. A low-grade fever also is common. No two children are alike when it comes to teething. Typically, baby teeth begin to emerge from the gum line …

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Why Does the Hygienist Poke My Gums?

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA When you get your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office, the hygienist probably pokes your gums and reads off numbers, and then records those findings in your chart. What exactly is the hygienist doing? It is called probing, which is done so by the hygienist during your cleaning appointment. The hygienist measures the depth …

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Special Event

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Do you suffer from constant fatigue? How about pain or discomfort from TMJ disorder or embarrassment from an imbalanced facial profile? If the answer is “yes,” then relief is just around the corner. Monday, January 16 and Tuesday, January 17 from 8:30am-5:00 pm, Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry will be hosting a special event. During this …

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Why are you Chewing on Pencils?

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA You may think that gnawing on pencils is just a nervous habit or something you do out of boredom, but there may be more to it than just an unexplained habit. A recent study by the National Institute of Health indicates that people who chew on pens or pencils do so as means of …

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The Dirty Secret About Dental Insurance: Will my Insurance Cover This?

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA One of the more frequent questions we hear in the dental office is, “will my insurance cover this?”  It’s no secret these days that healthcare is expensive, and that those costs are only rising.  What is not rising, unfortunately, is the percentage at which dental insurance covers dental treatment.  You may not know this, …