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    Achy Jaw a Sign of TMJ?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called TMJ disorders, are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. We don't know for certain how many people have TMJ disorders, but some estimates suggest that more than ten million Americans are affected. The disorders appear to be more common among women than men.

    What are the signs and symptoms? A variety of symptoms may be linked to TMJ disorders: Pain, particularly in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint, is the most common. Other symptoms include

    • Radiating pain in the face, jaw, or neck
    • Jaw muscle stiffness
    • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
    • Painful clicking, popping, or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
    • A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

    For most people, discomfort from TMJ disorders eventually goes away on its own. Simple self-care practices such as eating soft foods, using ice packs, avoiding yawning too wide and gum chewing, and doing gentle jaw-stretching exercises are often effective in easing symptoms.

    If treatment is needed, it should be based on a reasonable diagnosis, conservative, reversible, and customized to your special needs. Our office can consult with you if do need a surgery or therapy.

    The Importance of Regular Dental Visits (Part2)

    Last updated 2 years ago

    The Maximum Benefit From Your Dental Visit

    In order to get the maximum benefit from every dental visit, be sure to keep our dentist informed about your oral health and your overall health. Your dentist needs to know about any abnormal symptoms related to oral health, including pain or sensitivity in the teeth and gums, problems with chewing or swallowing, or pain in your mouth or jaw, or if you suspect that you have new cavities or lesions. Don’t wait for the dentist to find a sore spot or hope that he or she will miss it. It’s important to catch new dental symptoms early so they can be treated before they become severe.

    In addition, be sure to tell our dentist about any medical conditions that have occurred since your last visit, such as pregnancy or chemotherapy. And if you do take medications, bring a list of them to each dental visit. Your dentist  will want to be sure that any medications he or she might prescribe for an oral health problem won’t have a bad interaction with any medications that you are taking for other conditions.
    There are two main types of dental visits: the standard checkup and cleaning and the comprehensive exam.

    Comprehensive Exam

    This type of exam may be done as part of your first visit to our office. Our dentist will examine your mouth, teeth, head and neck, and possibly take x-rays.

    Standard Checkup

    A standard checkup or dental prophylaxis consists of cleaning the teeth by removing plaque and tartar to prevent cavities and gum disease. It also should include oral cancer and periodontal examinations.

    We recommend a standard checkup once or twice a year to help promote oral health and catch

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    The Importance of Regular Dental Visits Part1

    Last updated 2 years ago

     Dental Visit - Every Six Months

    Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association and your dentist recommend you come back every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. And in between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you need additional help, our dentist may even suggest more frequent visits.

    What Goes On During A Regular Visit

    Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup appointment, our dentist (or dental hygienist) will likely evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary) and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Don’t be surprised if our dentist also examines your face, bite, saliva and movement of your lower jaw joints (TMJs). Our dentist or dental hygienist will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.

    We will pay special attention to plaque and tartar. This is because plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.

    During your regularly scheduled dental appointments, our dentist will likely look at your gums, mouth, tongue and throat. There are several routine parts to a dental examination. To be continued in part2.

    Keeping your mouth healthy throughout life

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Awareness of the oral-health conditions you are likely to face at different stages of life can help you stay a step ahead of potential dental problems, and build a lifetime of healthy smiles.


    Dental Health: Adults

    Risk factors for dental health are often tied to overall health. Diann Bomkamp, a clinical dental hygienist and president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, cites smoking and certain medications as risk factors for periodontal disease. "There's a direct relation between gum disease and other diseases," says Ms. Bomkamp. "If you're on medications for high blood pressure or epilepsy, or have diabetes, visit our office on a more routine basis." (To learn more, read Dental Health and Overall Health.) If you are taking medication for these conditions or have diabetes, talk to our dentist about how often you should go for checkups, as it may be best to go in more often than every six months. Additionally, people of all ages can drink fluoridated water to reduce the likelihood of tooth decay. Most cities have fluoride in tap water — however, the majority of bottled waters do not. If your water source doesn't have fluoride, talk to our dentist about fluoride supplements


    Dental Health: Older Adults


    Even as people are living longer, more older adults are keeping their natural teeth. However, older adults still need to visit our dentist regularly, as they are at increased risk of developing throat and oral cancers (especially those who smoke or drink alcohol heavily). Bomkamp notes that older adults also have an increased risk of dry mouth and may be on a number of medications that affect oral health. For those with dentures, Bomkamp finds, "Many older patients don't think they need to go to the dentist, but they might not be cleaning their dentures correctly." If your gums are red and swollen, check in with our dentist, it may be a sign your dentures don't fit anymore.

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