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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.

    Slippery Roads: Rollover Crash on I-30 in Fort Worth

    [DFW] Slippery Roads: Rollover Crash on I-30 in Fort Worth

    The Texas Thunder Truck captured the immediate aftermath of a rollover crash on westbound Interstate 30 in Fort Worth while live on air Tuesday morning. Witnesses told NBC 5 Reporter Larry Collins that one person had minor injuries. It's not clear what caused the crash, though roads were very slick due to a heavy downpour at the time of the incident.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 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.

    Gun Range Selfie Lands Men Lifelong Ban

    [DFW] TX Men Take Selfie With Gun, Get Lifelong Ban From Range

    Two men in Houston are banned from a local gun range for life after they tried to take a selfie, with one of the men holding a gun to his buddy's head. Video courtesy of Top Gun Range.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 11, 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.

    Rescued Kangaroo On Road to Recovery

    [DFW] Rescued Kangaroo On Road to Recovery

    A young kangaroo is on the mend and in a unique cast after breaking his leg.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 4, 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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