What to Expect When Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Did you know that humans originally evolved with more teeth to eat foods such as nuts, raw meat, and berries? Enter wisdom teeth, the pesky third molars whose removal many people see as a rite of passage. Have you ever wondered whether it is time for getting your wisdom teeth removed? Here are the signs you may…

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6 Best Exercises For TMJ Pain Relief

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Disorders, over 10 million people in America suffer from TMJ disorders. TMJ is an acronym for Temporomandibular Disorder. It is a common condition that can cause pain in your jaw, face, and head. The National Institute of Health recommends treating TMJ pain with noninvasive, reversible techniques. Conservative methods do…

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How Oral Health Impacts Overall Health

About 1 in every 4 adults between the ages of 20 and 64 has at least one cavity. Many people prioritize their overall health and wellness over their oral health, but did you know that oral health and overall health are connected? That’s right, your poor dental hygiene symptoms aren’t just putting you at a risk of cavities…

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Lige Dunaway DDS’s Journey to Orofacial Pain and Sleep Medicine

Practicing General Dentistry over the past 37 years has been a blessing. My greatest satisfaction is improving the functional and esthetic components of my patients. Once I started delivering preventative and restorative care, I became aware of the lack of orofacial pain and sleep medicine treatment in Acadiana. My mentor of all time, the late Dr. Henry…

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Should I Be Using Mouthwash?

Did you know that almost 200 million people regularly use mouthwash in the United States? With its fresh taste and a myriad of advantages, it is easy to see why mouthwash is a great option for maintaining oral health. Have you thought about using mouthwash, but you are unsure whether to add it to your dental regimen?…

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Does Drinking More Water Protect Your Teeth?

Did you know that our bodies are made up of 60 percent water? Water is the best beverage you can drink, whether you’re drinking it to reap the health benefits or simply to enjoy the delicious, refreshing flavor. Being hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients, eliminate waste, maintain a healthy shine on your skin, and keep your…

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How TMJ Can Be Affecting Your Sleep

TMJ can cause many sleep problems and affect your function from day to day. This is especially the case when combined with sleep disorders or other narcoleptic problems. Dr. Dunaway is a specialist in TMJ disorders and can address TMJ pain to help restore patients to optimum functionality by achieving a good night’s sleep. Here…

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Is It Snoring or Sleep Apnea?

There are certain signs and symptoms to indicate that snoring is a byproduct of something more serious. It’s important to understand the difference between snoring and sleep apnea and seek the help of a medical physician where necessary. Sleep apnea, which will often cause snoring, can impact one’s daily routine as it affects sleep and…

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5 TMJ Symptoms to Look Out For

While general jaw pain is relatively common, your jaw pain could also be an indication of something more serious. For this reason, we’ve put together a guide that tells you everything you need to know about the symptoms of TMJ. What is TMJ? TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint – a joint that connects your…

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What You Need to Know About Snoring and Sleep Apnea

While snoring seems relatively normal, it could be an indication of a more serious health problem. For instance, if you’re gagging or gasping while you snore, then you could have obstructive sleep apnea. In this guide, we’re going to go through everything you need to know about snoring and sleep apnea. What is Snoring? While…

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