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Mouth Pain and Discomfort: Do You Have a TMJ Disorder?

Most people don’t give a second thought to their temporomandibular joints until the TMJ begins to cause pain. If speaking, chewing, and swallowing have become painful and uncomfortable burdens, you are most likely suffering from a TMJ disorder.

You are hardly alone! As many as 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorders that cause pain and dysfunction when the jaw moves. You don’t need to endure this health condition alone; your dentist can evaluate your mouth and recommend treatments to heal your TMJ and help you chew, swallow, and speak without pain.

What Are TMJ Disorders?

TMJ disorders are any problems that impact the temporomandibular joints that connect the lower jaw to the side of the head. In a healthy mouth, these joints are flexible in order to allow the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side. A fully functioning TMJ makes it possible to chew and talk with ease.

However, many types of trauma can trigger the development of a TMJ disorder. The most common sources of trauma include teeth grinding, tooth and jaw misalignment, injury, and arthritis.   Read more…

These Surprising Techniques Will Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Keeping your mouth healthy requires much more than regular brushing. In fact, your dietary choices and other oral care techniques can make or break your oral health. If maintaining a beautiful smile is one of your priorities, these three techniques will help you keep your teeth, gums, and mouth as healthy as possible.

What Does a Healthy Mouth Look Like?

A healthy mouth can be identified by certain characteristics. The first is gums that are pink, firm, and flush with your teeth. Strong teeth, including those that have been restored, are also necessary for a healthy mouth. In addition to healthy gums and strong teeth, you should have pleasant- or at least neutral- breath.

Delicious Foods to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy Read more…

3 Things You May Not Know about Root Canals

The word “root canal” has a way of triggering fear and panic in patients immediately, but that reaction actually isn’t necessary. Root canal technology has come a very long way in the past few decades, and it is now possible to undergo a root canal with minimal pain and discomfort. The root canal process is rather misunderstood, so here are a few more facts about root canals that you probably did not know!

Root Canals Save Teeth That Would Otherwise Die

If you need a root canal, it means that your tooth is very infected and on the verge of dying. An infected tooth causes a number of problems, including intense pain and abscesses. By undergoing a root canal, your dentist can save your tooth from further infection and prevent the need for extracting the tooth in its entirety. Read more…

When Does a Root Canal become Necessary?

Your tooth hurts, but why? Is it just a bit of sensitivity? Did you crack your tooth? Or has serious decay set in? Most adults are no stranger to tooth pain, but it can be difficult to find the boundary line between coping with the pain and seeing your dentist for a more serious plan of attack.

When tooth pain becomes too intense to be categorized as mild, a root canal might be necessary. Nearly 15 million people undergo root canal procedures annually, and though this process has a reputation of being painful, root canal technology has become so advanced in the last decade that the entire treatment can be completed without causing any pain or discomfort.

Signs You Might Need a Root Canal

A root canal is often necessary when a tooth becomes deeply infected and inflamed due to dental decay. Since the injured tissue cannot heal like normal tissue, the level of pain caused by such infection and inflammation is often excruciating. If you experience at least one of the following symptoms, you should see a dentist to determine if a root canal is your best treatment option. Read more…

How to Create a Fun and Effective Dental Routine for Your Children

In the debate of nature vs. nurture, strong dental habits are deniably a result of nurturing. Your children will not automatically know to adopt oral care strategies into their daily routine, so it is up to you to teach them to take care of their teeth and gums. But where should you start? These tips will help you give your children the gift of a healthy mouth.

Start When Your Children Are Young

It is said that children learn languages easiest at a young age, and the same can be said of many skills, including dental hygiene. Clean your baby’s mouth from the time she is a baby. Before teeth pop up, use a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth to wipe away milk sugars and stimulate gum tissue.

Decay becomes a possibility the instant that the first tooth grows, and you can expect your baby’s four front teeth to push through by the time she celebrates her first birthday. Begin a twice daily brushing routine once your child has teeth. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and a child’s toothbrush.   Read more…

Research Continues to Push the Boundaries of Root Canal Technology

Blood vessels usually stay out of sight, out of mind, so they are easy to take for granted. However, the truth is that blood vessels are responsible for transporting blood throughout the entire body, making them absolutely essential to survival and good health. The hollow tubes form an intricate network to ensure that blood can deliver nutrients and oxygen to every part of the body. Blood vessels even extend into the teeth, where they play the critical role of maintaining each tooth’s blood and nerve supply. Read more…

May is Time for Root Canal Awareness

For the past ten years, the beginning of May has marked Root Canal Awareness Week, a time when the American Association of Endodontists comes together with patients, endodontists, and general dentists to raise awareness about the role that endodontists play in dental health and remind the public that a root canal is no longer a procedure to fear. Read more…

How Does a Root Canal Work?

The root canal process is surrounded by significant misunderstandings and misconceptions. In honor of Root Canal Awareness Week this month, it’s a great time to explain exactly how the root canal process works and why it really isn’t something to dread!

The Process

Your root canal process begins with a local anesthesia that thoroughly numbs your mouth and prevents you from feeling any pain. This is great news for many people who expect to experience significant pain during the root canal experience. Once the anesthesia has been applied, a rubber dam is applied to the tooth to keep saliva from infiltrating the area. Read more…

Shopping for the Best Toothbrush

Have you taken a close look at your toothbrush recently? Has it been your trusty companion for a few too many months now? Swapping out your old toothbrush for a newer model is important to do every three months in order to prevent a buildup of bacteria in those frayed bristles. But which toothbrush is right for you? The oral care section at any drug store offers an impressive variety of brushes, so it can be tough to cut through the advertising and select the best brush for your pearly whites. These guidelines will help you make the right decision. Read more…

The Surprising and Painful Effects of Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding doesn’t just make an unpleasant sound; the mashing, clenching, and gnashing actions that occur during teeth grinding can cause extensive damage to the teeth and lead to many uncomfortable side effects. Most people don’t realize that teeth grinding can have such far-reaching impacts on the body, but fortunately a bit of preventative care can resolve most problems!

Recognize the Signs of Bruxism

Teeth grinding is officially known as bruxism, and it is most commonly identified by the signature teeth grinding and clenching motions that scrape the teeth together in an unpleasant way. It directly impacts the teeth by leading to flattened and fractured teeth, worn enamel, and increased tooth sensitivity over time. Read more…

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