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how to diagnose tmj disorder

How to Diagnose TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joints, also commonly referred to as TMJ are some of the joint muscles in the face. They are located near the ear, at the point where your jawbone meets your skull. The TMJ is the joint used to open and shut your mouth, heavily moved while eating or speaking. So when this joint begins to severely ache and cause massive pain, it is a serious problem.  

If you are experiencing pain in your TMJ often, you should seek dental attention, as soon as you possibly can – you may be experiencing the discomfort from a TMJ disorder. There are many reasons you could be experiencing the pain. Most common, TMJ causes come from arthritis, dislocation, or grinding of the teeth from stress.  

When you go to a doctor for medical attention, they will run a series of tests on you to ensure they treat the correct thing. There also are tests you can perform on yourself before seeing your doctor, to make sure you are describing the proper symptoms. The tests you as well as your doctor will perform are basic, but they do the trick. When you or they are making sure it is in fact the TMJ you are feeling the pain from, they will touch the side of your jaw for any swelling or tenderness. Another test you may go through is seeing if the jaw is making any noise when it is moved. After a few rounds of different checks, your doctor may diagnose you with TMJ disorder.  

If you are experiencing these symptoms, and have been diagnosed, treatments you may be advised to follow include:
  • Exercising the jaw muscles
  • A night guard to stop grinding your teeth
  • Or even muscle relaxers
  If these treatments do not work in your situation, your dentist then may need to do a jaw adjustment or reshape your teeth for the proper bite. See your dental medical professional if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. It is important to take care of your overall health, so schedule a consultation.
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why you should floss

Why You Should Floss

When growing up, we were always taught to brush our teeth – and you should. But along with brushing your teeth daily, you should be flossing on a regular basis. Flossing will remove plaque and debris in areas your toothbrush cannot reach. Without flossing, your teeth may experience a buildup of plaque, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If you floss along with brushing your teeth, you will notice your gums and teeth will be much healthier.

When you are deciding which dental floss to use, you will come across two different types: nylon and single filament. You can get nylon floss either waxed or un-waxed, and it comes in flavors. Nylon floss is made up of several strands of nylon material, meaning it can shred or snag between teeth. Single filament floss, even in the tightest of areas between your teeth, is impossible to shred or tear. As long as you are flossing regularly, it does not matter what type of floss you choose. Flossing is recommended by dentists, as it can reach hard places, where food tends to settle.

The main problem many people have with flossing is the fact that it can result in bleeding of the gums. Anytime you floss and get between your teeth and around your gums, the floss will rub against your gums, resulting in the occasional bleeding. Many people take this the wrong way, and immediately stop flossing, usually for good. Bleeding is very common and should not deter you from flossing. If the bleeding seems out of the normal for you, consult with your dentist.

No toothbrush is designed to get every area of your mouth. With the areas missed by the toothbrush, the debris and plaque will continue to build up until they eventually result in a cavity or decay. To get this debris and plaque before it builds up into something more serious, you’ll need to floss. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you’ll to brush and floss your teeth. Regular checkups with your dentist will help as well, although it is up to you to continue your regular maintenance at home with flossing and brushing. If you floss on a daily basis – you’ll quickly realize just how clean your teeth and gums will be.

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