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How to gently stop your child's thumb sucking habit

The Tooth Doc’s Top Tips for Stopping a Child’s Thumb-Sucking Habits

Is thumb-sucking all that bad? If you’re reading this, your child probably still sucks their thumb. And maybe you’re concerned because they’re developing pacifier teeth or you’re aware of how they may fare socially, especially as they start school. We are born with a strong, healthy sucking reflex. Babies need this to survive. And sucking…
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Dental anxiety doesn't have to keep you away from the dentist

How Can I Get Over My Fear of Going to the Dentist?

You can overcome your dental anxiety. Going to the dentist twice a year is just one of those things we need to do as adults. Taking care of our teeth and oral health is essential to our overall health. Unfortunately, for some adults, the idea of going to the dentist creates anxiety.  Dental anxiety is…
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Space maintainers can help your child's teeth

How Space Maintainers Can Help Prevent the Need for Orthodontics

Early Orthodontic Care with Space Maintainers Baby teeth will eventually fall out, but what happens when a baby tooth is lost before it was naturally shed? Injuries from an accidental fall or roughhousing with a friend can result in a baby tooth being knocked out before it was ready to leave. Unlike adult teeth, baby…
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Sleep apnea is more than a bad night

The Hidden Dangers of Sleep Apnea

A good night’s rest? Not with sleep apnea. At a certain time of night, many of us go to bed to get some sleep without a second thought, but in reality, some of us stop breathing in our sleep up to hundreds of times per night and have no clue. How does this happen, and…
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Does your child need interceptive orthodontics

Concerned About Your Child’s Bite? Learn About Interceptive Orthodontics

Getting braces can seem like a right of passage or coming of age occurrence for pre-adolescents and teenagers. And kids can need braces or orthodontics for various reasons, including crooked, overlapping, overcrowded teeth, or malocclusion. However, with interceptive orthodontics, parents can help get their kids ahead of the game, lessening the length of treatment that…
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The Tooth Doc gives patient-centered orthodontics

What Does a Patient-Centered Approach to Orthodontics Look Like?

When we go to the doctor, we want to ensure they listen to us and take our needs and concerns seriously. It’s no different when going to the dentist, especially when discussing orthodontics. And for this reason, the concept of a patient-centered approach to orthodontics has become increasingly commonplace. For a good cause, too, as…
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Oral appliance and how it can help

Treat Your Airway Obstructions With Oral Appliance Therapy

What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy in sleep apnea treatment? How do you sleep at night? Are you among the lucky few who can fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow? Or does it take a couple of duvet tosses and pillow punches to get you in the “right” position?…
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Home remedies for a toothache

8 Things You Can Do Right Now for a Toothache

Tips & Tricks to Relieve Emergency Tooth Pain The pain of a dental emergency is never pleasant. What can you do at home to manage your discomfort before you go in to see the dentist? Here are 8 tips and tricks to help temporarily relieve the pain of a toothache.  1. Do a visual check. …
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Straight teeth is more than just looks

10 Key Benefits of Having Straight Teeth That Go Beyond Aesthetics

Can an orthodontic dentist affect your overall well-being? Have you ever heard of the word eudaimonia? This is a Greek word philosophers often take to mean “the condition of human flourishing.” Prioritizing eudaimonia in our lives may mean we work out to be strong and hearty instead of comparing our bodies to others’. Prioritizing your…
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Orthodontics FAQ

Your Top 10 FAQs About Orthodontics

Answers to 10 Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions Did you know that approximately four million Americans are wearing braces at any one time? And it’s not just kids who are getting orthodontics these days. Something else you might not realize is that orthodontic treatment options extend far beyond traditional braces. There is a wide range of…
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Find the best orthodontic care out there

How to Find Omaha’s Best Orthodontic Care

We don’t want just anyone doing the work when it comes to our teeth. Selecting the right orthodontist for you is a pretty big deal and shouldn’t be underestimated. Whether you’re planning to use an orthodontist for yourself or your children, you want to know that you’re getting the best treatment available at a price…
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Anyone can benefit from orthodontic treatment

Orthodontic Treatment Is Effective for Children, Teens, and Adults

A straight smile starts at any age. Straight teeth and a well-aligned bite look beautiful, but orthodontics has a lot more to offer than cosmetic advantages alone. Orthodontic treatment can alleviate jaw pain, prevent teeth damage, enhance overall oral health, reduce risks of dental problems, and boost self-confidence and mental wellness. Even better, orthodontic treatment…
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