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  • Does this look familiar? Don't worry - we're here to help! Dental anxiety is incredibly common, but that doesn't make it any less damaging. When you're scared of the office, it becomes tough to schedule and keep regular exams, and your health ends up suffering from lack of care. Don't fall into this vicious cycle! By adopting a few tips from the dentists at Cottrell & Associates, you can get more comfortable with the office - and even enjoy your dental care! Top Tips for Fighting Dental [...]

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    It's undeniable that sleep is what drives is - whether we realize it or not. Even if you're a human supercomputer who needs just 3-4 hours per night, you need sleep nonetheless, or else you're going to crash and burn. So when the quality of your sleep suffers, your entire life takes a hit. You're not only tired and underperforming at work, but irritable and unfocused during social and family interactions. If you're like countless Americans, part of the problem with your sleepless nights could[...]

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    Are you waking up with a sore jaw and lingering headache? Do your teeth hurt when you bite into your crunchy breakfast cereal? Do you find your jaw feeling exhausted, sore, and hard to move by the end of the day? Any one of these symptoms hampers your quality of life, and they often come alongside one another. When you're dealing with jaw pain, even simple activities become painful and stressful. And the pain can linger, especially if you're struggling to understand exactly where it's coming [...]

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    What do you see when you look in the mirror? Is your smile a beautiful feature that draws your attention? Or is it looking a little lackluster? Time brings changes to our entire bodies, but the way it modifies our teeth is especially noticeable. While our teeth are incredibly strong, they're not indestructible. The enamel layer that is accountable for a lovely smile thins, and becomes damaged. Pieces of teeth chip away, and stains take hold. Remember: your smile is one of the first things [...]

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    Trying to figure out the right way to remake your smile? Your cosmetic dentist is here to help. The treatment that you choose is going to be with you for some time. You should take a careful approach to figuring out the way you want to change your smile, the cosmetic process you're comfortable with, and the ideal final result. For many patients, some part of that equation includes porcelain veneers. If you're seeking a dramatic smile makeover, or just trying to correct some superficial flaws,[...]

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    Do you have to force yourself to brush and floss regularly? It can be a little aggravating to spend your limited free time cleaning your teeth. With all the little things you need to get done each day, it's easy to overlook oral hygiene. But by taking some extra effort today to understand exactly how you should be cleaning, you can save time and energy in the future (and even enjoy the process). How do you make fun flossing a possibility? By considering what type of floss fits you best, and [...]

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    Modern dentistry affords patients a huge number of options. From the type of restoration you receive, to the aesthetic change taking place across your smile, to even the way you feel in the dental chair, there's always a choice at hand. How do you know whether you're making the right one? That's where your dentists come in. The staff of Cottrell Smiles is standing by to serve as your expert guide. If you're ever nervous about an upcoming procedure, there are ways to settle your nerves. Sedation[...]

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    Time to seize a confident smile! Have you ever been really excited to show off your smile? If you don't feel that your teeth are an asset, then it's time to make a change. When you laugh or smile, you should feel comfortable and happy sharing your grin with the world. But if it's not in that perfect place, cosmetic dentistry could make a big difference. From the physical changes it could make to your teeth, to the emotional changes it could make to your life, cosmetic treatment opens up a whole[...]

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    We know that your teeth can seem to demand quite a bit from you. What other part of your body do you spend so much time cleaning, caring for, and checking up on? Your mouth requires a certain level of attention because it is a key area - and that care doesn't affect just your teeth. Your oral health does not exist independently, separated from the rest of your body. In fact, ongoing research shows a suggested link between oral health and multiple whole-body problems. And on a mental and [...]

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    Chronic pain is never a welcome addition to your life. Even minor pain takes on serious weight when it's a daily part of your existence. And it's something that no one should have to deal with. Jaw pain is common among stressed out adults. Whether it's the result of nighttime teeth grinding, jaw clenching, or a damaged temporomandibular joint, there's a way to find relief. Botox treatment may be a part of the answer. Ongoing pain has no place in your life. What Causes Chronic Muscle Pain [...]

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