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    Holiday Stress Could Lead to Teeth Grinding

    Your holiday stress may be leading to an expensive dental problem. Dentists say more patients come in this time of year with signs of teeth grinding directly related to increased holiday stress. (Published Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017)

    Your holiday stress may be leading to what could be an expensive dental problem.

    Dentists say more patients come in this time of year with signs of teeth grinding, directly related to increased stress during the holiday.
    Even though police officer Chad Barfknecht  has a stressful job, he deals with holiday stress, just like everyone else.
    "Our call load is a lot different around Christmas time, so it does get more stressful for us," says Barfknecht.
    He didn't think much of it, until his visited Dr. Melissa Santilli of Honey Dental.
    "We were constantly having to do work, crowns, fillings, doing different things," says Barfknecht.
    Turns out, he was grinding his teeth at night so frequently, they started to break.
    "I wasn't aware that I was. I obviously have a stressful job and don't feel that I'm stressed," he says.
    "During the holidays, I notice people are complaining more and more of joint pain around their jaw joint, as well as sleeping issues," says Dr. Santilli.
    Dr. Santelli says the other signs you're grinding your teeth are heat and cold sensitivity, headaches, a stiff neck and feeling tired from a bad night's sleep.
    The problem can be temporary or it can be chronic.
    A few fills can fix cracked or chipped teeth. 
    "But if they wait until the teeth are becoming shorter and shorter, where a third of the half of the tooth is still there, then they might be considering porcelain replacements," says Dr. Santilli.
    That's an expensive fix but was the best option Barfknecht, who now can smile with confidence.
    "To have the security and safety, to know that it's something should last 20 to 30 years."
    Dr. Santilli says grinding can be a sign of a bigger medical problem, or a side effect of medication.
    You should talk to your doctor if that's the case.

    Your holiday stress may be leading to what could be an expensive dental problem.

    Dentists say more patients come in this time of year with signs of teeth grinding, directly related to increased stress during the holiday.

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    [DFW] Tense Moments During Dog Pursuit

    An Arizona dog in a two-feet deep canal who couldn't climb out was rescued, but wiggled out of his leash leading rescuers to try to catch him as he ran through traffic. After 30 minutes, a good Samaritan was able to corner him. Fortunately, the dog is micro-chipped and will be returned to its owner.

    (Published Monday, Jan. 22, 2018)

    Even though police officer Chad Barfknecht has a stressful job, he deals with holiday stress, just like everyone else.

    "Our call load is a lot different around Christmas time, so it does get more stressful for us," said Barfknecht.

    He didn't think much of it, until his visited Dr. Melissa Santilli of Honey Dental.

    "We were constantly having to do work, crowns, fillings, doing different things," said Barfknecht.

    Turns out, he was grinding his teeth at night so frequently, they started to break.

    "I wasn't aware that I was. I obviously have a stressful job and don't feel that I'm stressed," he said.

    Guards Fired After Reporting Inmate in Guard Uniform

    [DFW] Guards Fired After Reporting Inmate in Guard Uniform

    A photo that appears to show an inmate at Kentucky's Boyd County Detention Center in a guard's uniform has been confirmed by officials. Officials say the photo shows Brandon Scites standing in a jail cell with clothing worn by guards.
     

    (Published Monday, Jan. 22, 2018)

    "During the holidays, I notice people are complaining more and more of joint pain around their jaw joint, as well as sleeping issues," said Santilli.

    Santelli says the other signs you're grinding your teeth are heat and cold sensitivity, headaches, a stiff neck and feeling tired from a bad night's sleep.

    The problem can be temporary or it can be chronic.

    A few fills can fix cracked or chipped teeth. 

    "But if they wait until the teeth are becoming shorter and shorter, where a third of the half of the tooth is still there, then they might be considering porcelain replacements," said Dr. Santilli.

    That's an expensive fix but was the best option Barfknecht, who now can smile with confidence.

    Customers Hold Vigil For Burned Taco Bell

    [DFW] Customers Hold Vigil For Burned Taco Bell

    Loyal customers of a Montgomery, Alabama Taco Bell destroyed by fire held a candlelight vigil Sunday night. The restaurant partially collapsed after catching fire. About 100 people came out in support of the location, paying tribute and remembering their favorite Taco Bell. The owners plan to re-open and thanked the community for their support.

    (Published Monday, Jan. 22, 2018)

    "To have the security and safety, to know that it's something should last 20 to 30 years," he said.

    Santilli says grinding can be a sign of a bigger medical problem, or a side effect of medication.

    You should talk to your doctor if that's the case.

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