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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.

    Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    [DFW] Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
    After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
    That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
    Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
    The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
    Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
    Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
    The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

    (Published Monday, April 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.

    Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    [DFW] Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
    The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
    Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
    Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
    Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 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.

    Roof Blown off Apartment in Pennsylvania

    [DFW] Roof Blown off Apartment in Pennsylvania

    Storms in Pennsylvania caused heavy damage to a large apartment building, leaving dozens without a place to live.
    Residents of Luther Wood Apartments in Scranton have been evacuated after wind ripped the roof off the building. 
    It happened just before 6 a.m. Monday.
    As of 11 a.m., Scranton fire officials say 90-people have been evacuated from the building, and another 35 may be forced to leave.
    A shelter is being set up to help the residents of the senior apartment complex.
    No word on any injuries.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 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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