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April 19, 2024

Women Have an Increased Risk of TMD

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 4:18 pm

Woman with facial painYour temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located just in front of your ears, connecting your jaw to your skull. The hinge-like joints allow you to open and close your mouth and make other movements necessary for your quality of life. Unfortunately, the joints can function incorrectly for various reasons. Recurring jaw pain is a common sign of a TMJ disorder. Although anyone can experience jaw dysfunction, researchers have found an increased risk for women. Not to mention, symptoms are also more severe. If you’re a woman suffering from jaw pain, here’s what you need to know about TMJ disorders.


February 24, 2024

Can You Die From Sleep Apnea?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 11:47 pm

Normal airway compared to obstructive sleep apneaMany people associate sleep apnea with chronic snoring. Although snoring is a common symptom of the breathing disorder, it’s the least of your concerns if you have sleep apnea. Believe it or not, you can experience potentially deadly complications with no treatment. Here’s why you should seek treatment for sleep apnea right away.


December 23, 2023

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 2:56 am

Digital image of a dental implantAre you ready to join over 500,000 people this year who are investing in dental implants? With over a 95% success rate and a lifespan of 30 years or more, you’ll never have to worry about replacing your missing teeth again. As the only solution to mimic both the tooth root and the crown, you’ll enjoy a solution that looks and feels natural. Although most people with good oral and general health can benefit from dental implants, they aren’t right for anyone. Here are the key characteristics of a good dental implant candidate.


November 10, 2023

Keep Your Teeth Safe at the Feast with These Simple Thanksgiving Swaps

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 10:34 pm

Thanksgiving is that special time of year when friends and families across the country gather to feast, enjoy each other’s company, and celebrate all the things they have to be grateful for. While the traditional spread is a tried-and-true crowd-pleaser, some of the food items it contains can be harmful to your teeth. Here are a few ways you can swap out some of these for smile-friendly options that will have everyone at the table getting second helpings.


September 22, 2023

The Bittersweet Truth: How Sugar Affects Your Oral Health

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 3:55 pm
A woman eating candy unaware of its effect on her oral health

The relationship between sugar and oral health is no secret – it’s often painted as a threat by toothpaste ads and dentists alike. But is this justified, and does it mean total abstinence from sugar is the only way to achieve a healthy smile?

Continue reading to learn the complexities of sugar and its impact on your teeth.


August 18, 2023

Understanding Tooth Preparation for Crowns from Start to Finish

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 2:23 pm
A dentist placing a dental crown for coloring

If you’ve been indulging in all that the world has to offer, you may have a cavity or two. If you’ve neglected your dental health as well, chances are you may have at least one severely decayed tooth. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as much as 29 percent of people have severe decay in their teeth. Dental crowns are the answer to this.

If you fit into this statistic, you may need a dental crown, but what is the process like? Continue reading to find out.


July 5, 2023

Can Dental Implants Suffer From Corrosion?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 5:33 am
model of a dental implant

Dental implants have a level of durability that can sometimes be a little bit hard to believe. When people hear that over 95% of them last for 20 years, and that many of them last a lifetime, it sometimes comes as a massive shock.

People often have questions about whether their dental implants could run into problems. For example, some patients wonder whether they should be worried about their dental implants rusting. Here’s what you should know about that possibility.


June 15, 2023

Things Your Dentist NEVER Puts in Their Mouth (& Why)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 1:00 pm
Woman looking concerned and biting her nails

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy requires a solid oral hygiene regimen, which starts with visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and extends to consistently brushing and flossing at home. However, those aren’t the only ways you can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and even serious dental emergencies. To avoid dental damage, you should also follow your dentist’s lead. For example, here are a few things your dentist never puts in their mouth.


April 5, 2023

3 Cases that Prove DIY Dentistry is a Bad Idea

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 9:23 pm
super glue lying on a table

Dealing with a dental emergency is never fun, but even if you’re in pain, the least you can do is to not make your situation any worse. Unfortunately, even that can be too much more for some people.

Some people will do anything to avoid the dentist, and oftentimes their DIY treatment only makes matters worse. Here are some dental emergencies that didn’t have to be as bad as they turned out to be. Word of warning: some of these cases are a little graphic.


February 8, 2023

Why a Toothache Can Get Worse at Night

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 10:19 am
A young woman with a toothache

Dealing with a toothache can be really annoying. Often enough, the pain starts unexpectedly and occurs at inconvenient times. What’s really tiresome, though, is that it can worsen at night. Indeed, a toothache often gets more intense right as you turn in. As for why that occurs, your State College dentist is here with some answers. Read on, then, to learn why tooth pain can get worse at night and what you can do to stop it.

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