Valley Dentists of Belchertown Blog
September 2, 2017
In modern life, everyone is at least a little bit stressed all the time, and this can manifest itself in many different ways. For some people, this low hum of anxiety is very manageable and reveals itself through constant foot-tapping or perpetually chewed nails. For others, it’s their teeth that bear the brunt of it. In fact, for many, their stress can affect their teeth so much that they actually end up needing a root canal. How so? Today, we discuss how stress can affect your smile and what you can do about it. (more…)
August 15, 2017
When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing you feel? If it’s pain in your jaw and mouth, you might be suffering from a condition called bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding. This can severely damage your teeth and even injure your sensitive jaw joint, known as the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). Today, we’re going to discuss the signs and symptoms that you may have bruxism, and what you can do to get treatment. (more…)
June 13, 2017
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.”—Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou, an American poet and civil rights activist stated that quote. Her inspiring outlook on life reflects the same ideals Valley Dentists of Belchertown holds. We have been a part of the Belchertown community—just a few miles away from Amherst—and love giving back to our wonderful citizens by keeping our patient’s teeth and gums healthy. Before choosing a dentist in Amherst that’s right around the corner for you for convenience, remember that as one of our patients you will be listened to, understood, respected, and cared for with the highest quality of dental care in the area! We keep you and your loved one’s dental health goals in mind and keep your well-being as our top priority.
April 11, 2017
Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime with the proper care. Unfortunately, tooth decay, gum disease, or injury to the mouth can lead to tooth loss. No matter the cause, you need an effective form of tooth replacement to restore your oral health and functions. Among the most convenient options to replace missing teeth involve dentures or partial dentures. Depending on your severity of tooth loss, you may be a candidate. As your dentist in Belchertown, Dr. Medaugh offers the solutions you need to replace missing teeth.
February 23, 2017
Living with crooked and misaligned teeth often causes you to hide your smile because you lack confidence. Not to mention, your oral hygiene suffers because misaligned teeth are more difficult to clean. You have probably considered braces in the past to restore your self-esteem, but the thought of a lengthy treatment using metal braces only further hurts how you feel about your teeth. You need a more sophisticated approach. Now, you can get the straight smile you have always wanted without wires and brackets. With Invisalign in Belchertown, you have the clear choice for a straight smile.
December 14, 2016
It will be 2017 before you know it. That means time for New Year’s resolutions and popping up in a lot of pictures that will quickly be all over social media. You want to go into the new year with confidence, and one of the best ways to do that is by knowing you have a gorgeous smile. Teeth whitening in Belchertown is a simple way you can completely revamp your smile and look your best this new year, and you can get it today from Dr. Mark D. Medaugh at Valley Dentists of Belchertown.
November 14, 2016
Mouthguards are fairly simple in design but produce a wide range of benefits for oral health. Most often, when you think about mouthguards, you think about athletic mouthguards and the benefits produced when worn during sports. However, mouthguards can also be used to aid certain conditions, such as disorders of the temporomandibular joint. Mouthguards are also effective for relieving the symptoms of bruxism. As a family dentist, Valley Dentists of Belchertown, mouthguards are provided by our office for sports, bruxism, and TMJ therapy.
October 11, 2016
Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner, which means the New Year can’t be far behind. What does this mean in terms of your smile? If you have dental insurance, it can mean that you need to pull out the calendar and schedule checkups and other covered dental services for your family. To help you get the most out of your dental insurance coverage, Belchertown dentist Dr. Medaugh has a few tips for you to follow.
September 27, 2016
Tooth pain is a common occurrence that can range in severity and often occurs without any warning. Often, people ignore minor tooth pain, believing that it is normal from time-to-time. However, tooth pain is never a normal occurrence. No matter how minor or severe, tooth pain is a sign of an underlying problem that must be addressed by a dentist. Leaving tooth pain untreated can cause the problem to intensify. For example, a minor toothache could be an indication of a cavity, which is easily treatable. However, when left untreated, decay will worsen, causing a root canal to be needed in the future. At Valley Dentists of Belchertown, we do not want to see you place your oral health at risk. We have the information you need to better understand the causes of tooth pain.
August 24, 2016
For those who have always wanted a straight smile but never wanted to deal with the appearance or discomfort of traditional braces, you now have a better option. Invisalign has quickly become the preferred choice for orthodontic care. Instead of using noticeable wires and brackets, clear plastic aligner trays are used, offering a more discreet treatment. In less time and with less discomfort, you will have the straight smile you have always wanted with Invisalign in Belchertown.