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What Is Malocclusion?

You may have heard the word before at your dentist, but have you ever wondered what malocclusion actually is? The word malocclusion means "bad bite," and it refers to the way the teeth and jaw fit together when the mouth is closed. If things don't fit correctly, this is considered malocclusion. It can lead to pain in the jaw, teeth, ears, head and ...
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Don’t Extract Teeth for Braces: Get a Second Opinion

Extracting teeth for braces is outdated, but unfortunately it's still being done all around the country. Many older orthodontists and dentists were trained to extract teeth in order to help the bite align better. However, modern dentistry has come a long way, and this is where the importance of choosing an orthodontist or dentist who values continu...
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Jaw Surgery Is Usually NOT the Answer

Our jaws are one of the most complicated moving parts in our bodies. There is cartilage, bone, muscle and even nerves that all play a role in how the jaw functions on a day-to-day basis. When there's a problem with any part of the jaw, it can cause pain that can even show up in the ears, head, face, neck and shoulders. Unfortunately, many doctors a...
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Stop Losing Sleep This May with Better Sleep Month

  Every May marks Better Sleep Month, which focuses on educating the world about how good sleep can affect your health and quality of life. The month of education is sponsored by the Better Sleep Council, which pulls out all the stops to help educate the public during this important month with things like: Tips and inspirational posts on socia...
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Bad Habits That Cause Jaw Pain and How to Stop Doing Them

We all have habits in our life we know aren’t good for us, but when they begin to cause us actual pain, it’s time to do something about it. For those who suffer from untreated TMJ disorder, jaw pain is a regular part of life. Read on to learn about habits that can make the pain worse and cause more problems for your jaw. 

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There’s No Age Limit to Wanting Straight Teeth and Healthy Jaws

Dr. Buck helps patients of all ages remodel their jawbone structure and straighten teeth. He’s helped many patients even over the age of 60. No one is too old to make changes to their teeth and jaw. You deserve to look and feel your best no matter your age.

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5 Ways to Make a Dentist Appointment More Enjoyable

Very few people look forward to their dental appointments with excited anticipation. In fact, according to research done over decades, most people actively avoid or dread their dental appointments even though they know these checkups are vital to their oral and overall health. Here are a few steps you can take to make your next dentist appointment more enjoyable and less stressful.

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What Is Epigenetics?

One of the first questions we’re asked by new and prospective patients when they hear our name, Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics, is, What exactly is epigenetics and what does it mean when it comes to dentistry? Read on to learn the basics about epigenetics and our revolutionary strategy at oral care and development, and what it means for you or your loved one.

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Early Dental Visits Mean Healthier Teeth for Life

A recent survey from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Michigan shows that one in six parents who have received no advice from doctors are likely to wait until age 4 or older to seek dental care for their children, even though the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association suggest dental care should begin no later than age 1 or when the first teeth appear.

Early dental visits are extremely important in promoting a lifetime of healthy teeth and oral health habits, said Dr. David Buck, founder of Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics in Lynnwood, Washington.

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New Material Could Prevent Bracket Stains from Braces

Most people who have worn braces remember the excitement of the day the braces finally came off. Whether the brackets had been on for years or months, unveiling a new smile can be an incredible feeling. However, the discoloration that can occur on teeth during the process of straightening them with braces can be discouraging and frustrating and put a damper on the big day.

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Don’t Live with Dry Mouth

According to Dentistry IQ, one in four adults in the United States currently suffers from dry mouth. Although it seems like producing less saliva than normal is no big deal, it can actually lead to serious dental problems, according to Dr. David Buck, founder of Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics in Lynnwood, Washington.

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Overcoming Fear and Anxiety About the Dentist

It’s totally normal to experience some trepidation when it comes to going to the dentist. But for 5 to 8 percent of the American population, this anxiety keeps them from getting the care they need as often as they need it. Those with full-blown phobias may not visit the dentist ever, while those with anxiety may only visit once every few years after something has gone wrong.

Preventative care is cheaper, safer and definitely less scary than treating a problem, so here at Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics, we try to find a way to help those struggling with fear or anxiety so they can get the care they need and avoid dental emergencies. Here are some tips.

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Train Crashes Linked to Sleep Apnea

With the news of yet another train accident - in this instance an Amtrak crash that killed two and injured 116 on Feb. 5 in South Carolina - many experts agree it’s time to talk about sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has been found to be a cause of a number of similary accidents in the past, but until now little has been done to address the problem. Starting January 23, 2018, the New York and Atlantic Railway began screening engineers and conductors for the sleeping disorder.

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New Study Links Migraines and Heart Disease

A new study from Denmark has found that migraine sufferers are more likely to develop cardiovascular problems such as heart attack, stroke, atrial fibrillation and blood clots. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, a weekly peer-reviewed publication and one of the world’s oldest medical journals, looked at a large subject base over an extended period of time.

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Understanding Jaw Pain

Chronic and even occasional facial and jaw pain can be frustrating, especially if you aren’t sure what’s causing it. The jaw joint is one you use more often than many of the other joints in the body. It can affect eating, speaking and even breathing. In most cases, jaw pain is a sign of a dental problem, but in more extreme situations, it can signal a heart attack, especially in women.

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Does Snoring Ruin Marriages?

Marriage is complicated. It’s hard enough to navigate the ins and outs of matrimony during waking hours, but when something you can’t control, like snoring, threatens your sanity, it can put a strain on your marriage.

The National Sleep Institute reports that 90 million Americans snore. There are hundreds of products, natural remedies and old wives’ tales out there for those who suffer from this nighttime nightmare.

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10 Signs It’s a Migraine

Is it a headache, a migraine or something else completely? These 10 signs may help you identify when a migraine is to blame for your discomfort or pain.

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Problems Sleeping Linked to Depression and Anxiety

New research from Binghampton University shows that getting less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night could be to blame for intrusive, repetitive thoughts that are common in those suffering from anxiety and depression. Researchers report that disruptions in sleep make it more difficult for an individual to shift attention away from negative thoughts and information. This means that interrupted or insufficient sleep could be to blame for those with anxiety and depression who struggle with intrusive negative thoughts.

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The Most Common Cause of Dry Mouth Is Surprising

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition in which the salivary glands don’t create enough saliva to keep the mouth properly hydrated. This results in a dry feeling inside the mouth for extended periods and can actually cause oral health problems if not addressed.

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New Study Shows SPG Block Effective for Migraine Relief

Research from the Society of Interventional Radiology found that an SPG, or sphenopalatine ganglion, block significantly decreases headache pain scores in children who suffer from migraines. More than 300 treatments were conducted on 200 patients who ranged in age from 7 to 18 at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Using a 10-point scale to record pain, researchers found that after the SPG block was performed, pain scores were lowered by more than two points on average.

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