Family Dental Care of Milford Family & General Dentistry Milford, NH Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:25:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Family Dental Care of Milford 32 32 WHAT IS TMJ Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:15:48 +0000 TMD often causes severe pain and discomfort. It can be temporary or last many years. It might affect one or both sides of your face. More women than men have it, and it’s most common among people between the ages of 20 and 40.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
  • Problems when you try to open your mouth wideJaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be painful.
  • A tired feeling in your face
  • Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite — as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
  • Swelling on the side of your face
  • You may also have toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness,earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (Source: WebMD).

There are a variety of treatments for TMJ. Family Dental Care of Milford can put together a plan for correcting your TMJ.
For more information on your oral health, call us at 603-673-3332.

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FOODS TO WHITEN YOUR TEETH Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:14:37 +0000 Certain types of foods can help you achieve a whiter smile. We’ve all heard about what could be staining our teeth such as, coffee, soda, wine and berries, but what about food that can help whiten and remove these pesky stains. The following include foods you can munch on to aid you in achieving that brighter smile:
Citrus Fruits– The acids found in fruits such as oranges and pineapples are effective in teeth whitening. Pineapple contains a certain type of enzyme called bromelain that can also assist in stain removal.
Crunchy Foods– Broccoli, cauliflower, apples and celery work well in teeth whitening, due to the fact that they are high in fiber and can act as a scrub removing plaque. These yummy foods also increase saliva production, which helps keep plaque from forming on your teeth.
Nuts– Eating nuts such as almonds, sesame seeds, cashews and walnuts help produce saliva which in turn washes away bacteria, and like raw vegetables, the texture of nuts acts as a srcrub for your teeth as well.
Strawberries– You would think as bright a strawberries are they would stain, but strawberries contain malic acid which helps break down plaque and remove surface stains.
Mushrooms-Shitake mushrooms to specific, contain a compound that prevents the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay and discoloration.
All of these great foods will help whiten and protect your pearly whites in the long run, so have that cup of coffee, but don’t forget to eat theses healthy foods to avoid staining.
If you are interested in teeth whitening or any other cosmetic dentistry services provided, call Family Dental Care of Milford at 603-673-3332.

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The best method for curing and preventing these oral conditions are visits to the dentist. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:13:48 +0000 We’ve all had bad breath, known as halitosis. In some cases it may be from food, but prolonged bad breath is related to oral health conditions and leads to tooth decay.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums and in more advanced cases, the infection spreads to the tooth supporting bone, resulting in bone loss. Untreated, bone loss will eventually lead to tooth loosening and loss of teeth. Fortunately, gum disease can be treated and reversed with early detection.
Tobacco is the major cause of stained teeth, gum disease and oral cancer, whether you are smoking or chewing, this habit can be detrimental to the health of your teeth.
If you have questions about your oral health care or need to schedule your next hygiene visit, please call us at 603-673-3332.

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Good oral health activities keep your teeth looking great Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:12:58 +0000 Decay can be prevented with regular brushing, flossing and antibacterial rinses. Eating healthy provides the nutrients for strong teeth, gums and bones. Try to limit the amount of sugary foods, sugar breaks down into acids that erode the tooth enamel over time.

Alignment treatments are available for both children and adults. Starting children’s oral care early in life is the best prevention as they grow into their teeth.


Sports injury from riding a bike to playing field sports can be a threat to teeth without a mouth guard. Most sporting goods stores have mouth guards for all ages to ensure the right fit and protection. Even better, Family Dental Care of Milford can fabricate you a mouth guard, customized in fit and function for your particular sport.

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Profesional Dental Cleanings and Healthy Living Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:12:34 +0000 Healthy living includes scheduled visits to the dentist for professional cleaning, recommended at least twice a year. Good oral hygiene is more than a just happy smile; it’s related to our body’s overall health condition. Regular cleaning maintains our teeth, and checkups prevent serious problems, which can be costly. Bad oral health may be signs of health conditions from gun disease, bone loss and heart conditions. Like all health conditions, early detection makes a difference.

When it comes to oral health most conditions are treatable. Regular appointments for cleaning allow the dentist to monitor changes and recommend methods for keeping your natural teeth strong and looking great. In some cases, if tooth problems are left untreated, you stand the chance of losing your tooth which will impact the alignment of the remaining teeth and cause potential infection of the gums or weakening of the jaw bone.

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