When Stress Affects Your Mouth

You may not even be aware of it — but stress can actually affect your mouth!  If you find yourself overwhelmed at your job or life got you frazzled, it may be worth reevaluting so stress doesn’t also bring down your smile!  There’s more and more evidence linking stress with gum disease, bruxism and even mouth sores.  Your dentist is able to aid in detecting these oral stress symptoms, but we’re here to help you even before your 6 month routine visit!

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Do You Suffer from Headaches or Sore Teeth and Jaw?

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Why Did My Teeth Cleaning Hurt?

Painful-teeth-cleaningHave you ever switched hygienists or waited awhile in between cleanings and noticed a big difference in the pain?  Did you leave the office feeling your teeth cleaning hurt too much or missing the good ol’ days when your hygienist was gentle?   Let us be the first to say we are not jabbing you with metal probes trying to make you bleed or cause you any unnecessary pain!

But the truth of the matter is, most of the time you are experiencing pain or tasting blood is due to your own poor oral health.  Ok ok – I know what you’re thinking.  We’re just pointing the finger at you, but let us explain!  Continue Reading…

You Have TMJ

You-Have-TMJYup – you heard us right.  We are officially diagnosing you with a TMJ, but it’s nothing to be concerned about!  It’s a common misconception that TMJ means you are having jaw problems, when in actuality the ‘J’ only stands for joint.  Everyone has joints in the their jaw!  So you may be off the hook!  it actually doesn’t become a problem until you are diagnosed with TMD which stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

According to WebMD, your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear.  It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint.

Temporomandibular disorders can have many different signs and symptoms, from mild to severe. Some patients may have symptoms but are still able to function fully.  TMDs appear to be more common in women.

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Do You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush After Strep Throat?

Strep-Throat-ToothbrushIf you’ve ever experienced strep throat, you know that it’s THE WOOOOOOOORST!  Anything that can cause you to not even enjoy food is an absolute nightmare in my opinion.  Our hygienist Amy recently experienced this sick saboteur when her daughter caught the bug this week.  As you can see it was not pretty. Continue Reading…