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How to Ease Jaw Aches When Your TMJ Gets Inflamed
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Lemond Hunter
Before we give you our home remedy tips about how to manage the pain of TMJ, let's look at what it is and talk about what you need to do to be diagnosed. Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) is the inflammation of the jawbone in the joint where it attaches to your skull. It can be caused by injury, stress, arthritis, teeth grinding, gum chewing or misaligned teeth. It is more common in women between the ages of 18 to 44 and there can also be a genetic predisposition to TMJ. People who are more sensitive to pain and have increased stress responses may be more susceptible to TMJ. If you think that you may have TMJ, please call our office and come in for a full examination so that we can assess your situation and help you find the best treatment plan. Your Diagnosis is TMJ – Now What?Once you've received your official diagnosis from us that confirms you have TMJ, you can begin treating yourself at home. Pain management and reduction is key. Avoiding things that aggravate the joint is essential, reduce your stress, stop chewing gum and if you're grinding your teeth in your sleep, we can fit you for a mouth guard. If the pain and swelling persists, trying massage or gentle stretches can help, as well as applying ice packs over the joints and taking over the counter anti-inflammatory medications. Most importantly, don't stress about it. There is treatment out there that is as simple as home remedies and as complex as physical therapy or surgery. Whatever the stage of your TMJ, we can help you find the treatment that works best for you. Give us a call today and let us help you get on to the path to a pain free life. We look forward to helping you!...

Brushing Before Going to Sleep Is Necessary for Good Oral Health
Posted on 7/10/2018 by Lemond Hunter
We've all been there – you're lying in bed comfortably and then realize you forgot to brush your teeth. What do you do? Do you get up to trudge to the bathroom and brush, or do you skip a night and go straight to sleep guilt-free? While it might seem like a minor issue, skipping brushing before bed can actually lead to big problems for your teeth. Why is It So Important to Brush Twice per Day?An entire day contains 24 hours, so brushing twice during that time frame is really the least you could do. Plaque and bacteria are constantly accumulating, and if you fail to brush, you'll allow it to get out of control. You are allowing potentially-dangerous microorganisms to wreak havoc on your mouth, when they could have been easily destroyed and removed with a simple, two-minute brush session. Why is Nighttime Brushing So Important?Most dentists believe that brushing before you go to bed is the most important time to brush. While you are asleep, the production of saliva in your mouth will decrease. This is a big problem for your mouth, as the saliva is the mouth's natural defense mechanism for oral bacteria. Not only does saliva wash away food particles, but it also contains anti-bacterial properties that can neutralize acid levels in the mouth. When you fail to brush, the plaque that remains on your teeth will become harder, yellow, and rough. This substance is known as tartar, and it can't be removed with simple brushing and flossing alone. You'll need a dentist to use specialized tools to get it off, but simply brushing at night can help you to avoid this problem. Our dentists are always here to help you learn more about the importance of proper dental hygiene. Call us today to set up your next appointment....

What People Notice When They First Meet You
Posted on 6/20/2018 by Lemond Hunter
When you're introduced to someone new, what people notice when they first meet you are the eyes and the smile. Making a great first impression can help open doors professionally and personally. Taking care of the following areas can help make a smile unforgettable. Teeth ColorTeeth that are pearly white are what people usually notice when they first meet you. The teeth whitening industry has skyrocketed in recent years and every toothpaste manufacturer offers a product that includes whitening, to make your smile brighter. The cost of these products varies, but you can certainly find an option to fit your budget. You can even get your teeth whitened at the dentist office, a relatively new practice. Teeth ShapeIt seems like some people are either born with perfect teeth or they wore braces for years to obtain that radiant smile that lights up a room. The truth is that very few people have teeth that are perfect in shape. Usually some are longer than others or they are crooked, if they haven't been corrected by an orthodontist. Many have gaps that can be distracting and make them self-conscious. Smile There is no such thing as a perfect smile. Since the facial structure is uneven, there are very few people who have a smile that would be considered perfect. Instead, we have ideas of smiles that are considered perfect and we dream of having the same. If you are not happy with the way your smile and teeth look we can discuss the teeth whitening options are available at our office. We can also give you a referral for a great orthodontist that can discuss treatment if you are considering braces that can work to improve what people notice when they first meet you....

All Posts:

How to Ease Jaw Aches When Your TMJ Gets Inflamed
Brushing Before Going to Sleep Is Necessary for Good Oral Health
What People Notice When They First Meet You
What is It about Sports Drinks that Harm Your Teeth?
"Types of Problems That Fall Under the Category of Dental Emergencies"
Types of Dental Bridges You Can Get
Making Brushing Easier When You Struggle with Arthritis
How Much of Your Teeth Are Situated Below the Gums?
What Options Do You Have for a Gap in Your Front Teeth?
What is the Difference between Power Flossers and Water Flossers?
What Type of Oral Health Goals Do You Have?
What to Do When a Tooth Comes in Crooked
Why You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush When a Cold Sore Erupts
Why You Need to Limit Drinking Acidic Beverages
Types of Cracks Best Covered by Veneers
Tooth Pain and Fevers Usually Signify a Dental Abscess
Is There Any Benefit to Making Homemade Toothpaste?
How Your Gag Reflex Impacts Your Dental Visits
The Importance of Not Using a Hard Bristled Toothbrush
The Damage That Can Come from Sucking on Candies and Cough Drops
How Stress Affects Gum Disease
How Long After a Cleaning Should You Wait to Eat?
Why Your Toothbrush and Dishwasher Should be Best Friends
Why You Should Go to the Dentist if Your Gum is Sore to the Touch
Why Are People Afraid of Root Canals?
Do You Brush Your Tongue Often Enough?
Why Eating a Sweet Treat Could Cause Your Teeth to Hurt
Why Do You Wait to Brush After Anything Acidic?
There's More to Cosmetic Dentistry Than Whitening
The Weather Can Affect the Way Your Teeth Feel
The Beating Your Teeth Take When You Have an Oral Piercing
Talking to Your Dentist About Having a Filling Replaced
Why You Want to Indulge in Strawberries As A Spring Time Snack
Why Chewing Vegetables is So Good for Your Oral Health
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