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Do You Get Headaches? Your Pain May Be Treatable

Do you get headaches every week? Do you always keep a bottle of aspirin or ibuprofen on hand? Many people who suffer from frequent headaches tend to dismiss the phenomena as stress-related, and therefore untreatable. In truth, most headaches have attributable causes and there are ways to reduce their frequency. You should never accept headaches as an inevitable fact of ...

Children’s Dentistry: Frequently Asked Questions

All parents want to protect their children’s smiles. However, the things we were taught about oral hygiene when we were kids doesn’t always apply today. Thanks to medical research, we are constantly learning new ways to prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Many parents are surprised to learn the latest advice from the American Dental Association (ADA) on ...
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Preventing Baby Bottle Decay in Infants and Toddlers

We don’t usually think of babies as being susceptible to getting cavities, but you may be surprised by how common it is. When a child develops cavities in the baby teeth before they have switched to solid foods, we call this baby bottle decay. How does it happen? When a child is allowed to drink milk or juice from a ...
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Honestly, Does Zoom Whitening Hurt?

Is “white” not the word you would choose to describe your teeth these days? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most any food or drink that can stain your clothing will also leave behind traces of pigment residue in your tooth enamel. Over time, those pigments can leave your teeth looking more yellow or greyish than you’d like. Rather than limit ...
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How Tooth Enamel Gets Stained – And How to Correct It

You brush your teeth twice a day, and may even use whitening products—so why don’t your teeth look as white as you’d like? Our teeth may feel as solid and impermeable as a marble counter-top, but the truth is that tooth enamel is absorbent. Eating dark colored foods and drinks leaves pigment stains deep in the structure of your enamel. ...
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How to Hydrate Your Thirsty Kids – Without Harming Their Teeth!

Summer is here! If you have children, you know they’re going to be playing outside and coming back inside, sweaty and in search of cool refreshment. Water is always the best way to rehydrate when you sweat, but both kids and adults often seek out beverages that are more interesting. Sodas and sports drinks are bad for your overall health, ...
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So Many Ways to Beautify Your Smile!

Let’s face it. We all feel better when we like the way we look. Think about how great you feel when you get a great new haircut or an outfit that makes you look your best. It’s always surprising how invincible you feel when you are proud of how you look. So, if you aren’t happy with the way your ...
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Porcelain Veneers: The Ultimate Smile Makeover

Cosmetic dentistry employs a number of techniques to make your smile look more attractive. Teeth whitening removes enamel stains from foods and beverages. Crowns encircle and protect damaged teeth to give them a new, stronger shape. Dental bonding sculpts composite over the front of a tooth to correct a chip, stain, or other irregularity. There is only one technique, however, ...
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Jaw Pain and Headaches May Indicate TMJ Disorder

Everyone experiences jaw soreness from time to time, especially if you chew gum or enjoy chewy foods frequently. However, when jaw pain becomes a constant source of worry, you should visit a dentist to see if your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) function is behind the problem. TMJ disorder is a common condition and it may cause a number of symptoms besides ...
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How Fluoride Protects Your Family’s Teeth

Over the years, you’ve probably noticed how pervasive fluoride is in oral health products. Toothpastes contain fluoride, as do many oral rinses. It is even added to the water supply as a public health benefit. Certainly, you’ve figured out that fluoride must be good for your teeth, but do you know what it does for your teeth? Want to learn ...
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What Happens at a Kids’ First Dental Visit

Do you have a little one who’s approaching the age of his first dental visit? Not knowing what to expect can be scary for some children. At the Knoxville family dentist office, Jack Haney, DDS, we like to let parents know about pediatric dental visits ahead of time. This way you can discuss it with your child before the appointment ...
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What You Feed Your Family Really Matters!

A lot of perfectly reasonable adults seem to think that as long as they brush and floss their teeth really good at night, the food they eat won’t affect their oral health. The truth is far different! Everything you eat plays a role in your oral health and affects the chemistry in your mouth. If your diet is high in ...
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Why You Deserve a Smile Makeover

We all want to look and feel our best, right? If you’ve ever fussed over your hair, tried on multiple outfits before an important event, or watched a make-up tutorial, then you’ve got to agree with that statement. When we look good, we feel good, and vice versa. A smile makeover is a great way to take the look good/feel ...
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BOTOX as a Complement to Cosmetic Dentistry

If you’ve got a reason to think about cosmetic dental treatments in the near future, such as an upcoming wedding or reunion, now is a great time to consider other cosmetic treatments that can help you look your best, such as BOTOX© and dermal fillers. And who needs a reason, anyway? For most of us, looking our best makes us ...
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Frequent Mysterious Headaches? TMJ Disorder May Be the Cause

Stress, dehydration, lack of sleep, vision problems, computer usage, and poor diet—mysterious headaches get blamed on a lot of potential causes! Have you tried to eliminate these factors from your life, but find that headaches are still slowing you down? If you also suffer from pain or soreness in the face or jaw, you may want to consider the possibility ...
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Exploring the Three Stages of Gum Disease

Do you have gums that bleed when you brush them? Perhaps they appear red, tender, or swollen. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have gum disease. Did you know that periodontal disease does not often cause pain or discomfort? For this reason, many individuals are not aware they have the condition. However, there are other tell-tale ...
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Cosmetic Dentistry Options: Are Bonding and Veneers the Same Thing?

Cosmetic dental treatments are an excellent way to boost one’s confidence and make your smile look as beautiful as it is healthy. In our last post, we discussed how porcelain veneers work—but we also provide a similar treatment called dental bonding. Whereas bonding and veneers can often correct the same type of cosmetic flaws, the process and materials used are ...
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Dental Veneers Can Change Your Whole Smile

Most everyone knows a little bit about cosmetic dentistry, those tricks and treatments dentists can apply to make your teeth look better and brighter. Whitening treatments are the best known, but few people know the full extent of the transformative magic that can happen in the dental chair. If you’ve ever wondered how movie stars and Olympic figure skaters get ...
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Need Fast Whitening to Fit Your Busy Schedule

Everyone wants a brighter smile, but those easy-to-use teeth whitening treatments don’t always deliver the best results. Maybe you’ve tried using dentist-provided whitening trays, but just can’t seem to fit them into your busy schedule. This is a common problem, and you are not alone. Dr. Jack Haney provides Zoom!™ and Opalescence™ teeth whitening treatments that can remove pigment stains ...
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Can Toothpastes and Rinses Really Repair Tooth Enamel?

You may have noticed that the advertising lingo in oral health products now sometimes includes “enamel restoring” or “enamel repair” on certain toothpastes and rinses. This may seem like a new development, and its not entirely misleading. However, toothpastes have been “repairing enamel” for as long as they have contained fluoride as an ingredient. How well can these products “heal” ...