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Why Are You Taking My Blood Pressure?

A few months ago a patient left me a voicemail. The message was an interesting one for a dental practice to receive. She said, “I wanted to call you and thank you. Your offices policy just saved my life.” When I called her back she explained her message. She had recently begun coming to our…
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BRUSH AWAY TODDLER DECAY – A DENTAL SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS

As a mom you try your best to instill the best habits, behaviors, values, and communication skills with your child, but let’s face it, it’s not easy trying to get a toddler to listen or be attentive for long periods of time especially when it comes to “brushing teeth” and maintaining a good at home…
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Causes and Management of TMJ Pain

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are conditions affecting jaw joints and the surrounding muscles and ligaments. TMD can be caused by many different types of problems such as arthritis, trauma, an improper bite and even stress. Stress can play a big role in temporomandibular joint dysfunction as people are more likely to clench their jaw and…
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What happens during your child’s first dental visit?

Hi everyone! My name is Vanessa and I am one of the pediatric dental hygienists working here at Dental Associates of Walpole. Here’s a little background about myself: I have been practicing hygiene since 2015. I used to come here for all my dentistry needs throughout my childhood. I have a 3-year-old boy at home…
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THE ORAL INDICATORS OF DISORDERED EATING

As dental professionals, our job is to care for our patient’s teeth and manage their overall oral health. In doing so, however, sometimes we can uncover aspects of a patient’s systemic health that leave clues within the mouth, which otherwise may go undetected. Moreover, as orthodontists we have a unique opportunity to see a patient…
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The Prize Inside

Ever had a single event, even a seemingly innocuous event, change your perspective until you see things with an enlightened view? I have. I’ll tell you all about it. On December 1, the DAW Winter Wonderland monthly festival of contests, food, fun and prizes began. (Management created this month of fun in lieu of a…
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The Story of a Tooth Ache

Tooth pain can sometimes be very debilitating, especially if there is an infection associated with it. There are several types of tooth pain, ranging from a dull, pulsating sensation to a sharp, jolt-like agony that makes you jump out of your chair. The causes of tooth pain can vary greatly and can sometimes be difficult…
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The Birth of “Burn it all Art”

During COVID lockdown I found myself in search of something to occupy my free time, so I went back to my love of woodworking, crafting and creating. I searched for ideas to burn into wood and was having so much fun seeing where these thoughts would take me and what my next project would be.…
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A Maxy Story

Ok, So picture this… My husband surprises me with (what he thought was) a kitten for Christmas. Here is his story of how he “rescued” our fur baby Maxy. SECURE THE KITTEN Ok. So precisely 8 days before Christmas, my husband starts looking for a kitten. After much research on his part, he realizes “You…
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If I can, uke can!

Have you ever wished that you could learn to play an instrument? It’s a common misconception that learning to play a musical instrument as an adult is too difficult, especially if you were unfortunate like myself never to have had the opportunity to pursue music lessons earlier in life. Research has shown that while it’s…
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