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4 secrets your mouth tells your Tahoe dentist

John Bocchi

Regular visits to our Sierra Smiles Tahoe dental office are crucial to maintaining a healthy smile so we can catch problems early. But your visits can also tell us about things you haven't even thought of, or secrets you might not want us to know.

You're a Nail Biter

Nail biters usually display certain easily identifiable qualities. Front teeth may have chips and cracks, appear flat and leveled, and there could be symptoms of TMD (temporomandibular disorder).

You're Suffering from an Eating Disorder

All of these secrets told by your mouth are serious and require prompt medical attention. If you identify with any of them, please contact my office.

When a patient is battling bulimia, their dentist may be the first medical professional to suspect a problem. Erosion, usually on the back side of the front teeth, is a typical sign. When enamel is eroded away, teeth are at increased risk for developing cavities. If you have an eating disorder, we urge you to seek professional help.

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You Don't Floss as Much as You Should

We can tell when a patient flossed right before their appointment, and really no other time before that since their last visit. It's important to floss daily, not just when you're coming to see us.

All of these secrets told by your mouth are serious and require prompt medical attention. If you identify with any of them, please contact my office. If you'd like our help, or if you're looking for a dentist, schedule an appointment at Sierra Smiles Tahoe today.

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