James Otten DDS

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  1. Common Myths About TMJ Disorder

    It's time to get the facts straight about common TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder myths. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, it is estimated that over 10 million people in the United States are affected by TMJ disorder. With so many people suffering from TMJ disorder, you'd think that more people would understand what it is and what their treatment opti…Read More

  2. The Facts About Tooth Decay

    Your oral health plays a critical role in your overall health, which is why it's important to know the facts about tooth decay. While most people know that drinking too much soda or eating too much candy can cause cavities, most people don't know a lot about tooth decay. Tooth decay can lead to a long list of dental problems, as well as problems for your overall health, and every health conscious…Read More

  3. OSA in Infants and Children

    Obstructive sleep apnea is commonly misdiagnosed or overlooked in children and infants, but it's essential to know the signs and symptoms. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is much more common than many people think; it is estimated that between one and four percent of children have OSA. Unfortunately, OSA is largely misdiagnosed or overlooked altogether, but every parent should understand what OSA i…Read More

  4. What Causes Tooth Loss?

    There are many things that can cause tooth loss.  While it's normal to lose your baby teeth, it's not normal to lose your permanent teeth. Even as you age, tooth loss doesn't have to be inevitable. Tooth loss doesn't just affect the way you look, it can also have some serious consequences for your dental health. Luckily, tooth loss is preventable, especially when you know what can cause tooth los…Read More

  5. What Are Your Options When You Have Missing Teeth?

    Are you missing a tooth or several teeth? If so, we'd like you to know what options are available to you. At James Otten Dentistry, we believe that if you're well informed you are about your dental health and all your options, you'll be able to achieve the outcome you desire. That's why we work hard to ensure that you get all of the information you need in order to make the best choices about your…Read More

  6. The Surprising Benefits of Brushing Your Teeth

    We all know that brushing helps to keep your teeth white and healthy, but it comes with many other surprising benefits as well. In order to achieve your optimal oral health, it's important to brush your teeth, floss and visit the dentist on a regular basis. Brushing is arguably the most important thing you can do to keep your teeth healthy and fight periodontal disease, but did you know that the …Read More

  7. What Does Your Dentist Have to do With Sleep Apnea?

    What do dentists have to do with sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is characterized by breathing interruptions while you sleep. There are several kinds of sleep apnea, but obstructive sleep apnea is the most common, and many people have found relief with sleep apnea treatments prescribed by their dentists. However, we often get asked what role a dentist plays in sleep apnea. Your …Read More

  8. Common Myths About Cavities

    Cavities are a very common dental problem, but there are many myths out there about cavities. Most people have had at least one or two cavities throughout their lives, and while many of us understand that cavities aren't a good thing and that you can prevent them with proper oral care, there is also a long list of myths about cavities that can be dangerous to believe. At James Otten Dentistry, we…Read More

  9. What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

    Tooth sensitivity can make eating uncomfortable, but what causes it in the first place? Have you ever taken a drink of cold water or bitten into something sweet and experienced a shock of pain in your teeth? This is called tooth sensitivity, and it can be an indicator of a more serious dental issue. If you are experiencing sensitivity, your best bet is to turn to our dentist in Lawrence so that w…Read More

  10. What Really Causes Teeth Grinding

    Teeth grinding may seem innocent enough, but it could be an indicator of a much more serious problem. It used to be that teeth grinding was somewhat of a mystery to many dentists and doctors. Many theorize that teeth grinding is caused by stress, but since some fetuses grind their teeth in utero, some believe that there is more to the story. New research has introduced a compelling new theory into…Read More

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