Thursday, March 28, 2013



The temporomandibular joints, called TMJ, are the joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Located on each side of the head, your TMJ work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include muscles and ligaments as well as the jaw bone. They also control the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves forward, backward and side to side.
Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket. The disc cushions the load while enabling the jaw to open widely and rotate or glide. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder.

Possible causes of TMJ disorders include:

  • arthritis
  • dislocation
  • injury
  • tooth and jaw alignment
  • stress and teeth grinding
Diagnosis is an important step before treatment. Part of the dental examination includes checking the joints and muscles for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty moving. Depending on the diagnosis, the dentist may refer you to a physician or another dentist.
There are several treatments for TMJ disorders. This step-by-step plan from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research allows you to try simple treatment before moving on to more involved treatment. The NIDCR also recommends a “less is often best” approach in treating TMJ disorders, which includes: 
  • eating softer foods
  • avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails
  • modifying the pain with heat packs
  • practicing relaxation techniques to control jaw tension, such as meditation or biofeedback.
If necessary for your symptoms, the following treatments may be advised:
  • exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles
  • medications prescribed by your dentist; for example, muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-anxiety drugs or anti-inflammatory medications
  • a night guard or bite plate to decrease clenching or grinding of teeth.
In some cases, your dentist may recommend fixing an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping some teeth. Orthodontic treatment may also be recommended. Your dentist can suggest the most appropriate therapy based on the suspected cause

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Acidic Foods Can Contribute to Teeth Sensitivity

Acidic Foods Can Contribute to Teeth Sensitivity

Many of us consume acidic foods as a part of our regular diet. When searching the grocery store aisles, we are usually aware of calories, fat and even fiber in the products we buy. However, many of us usually don't consider the pH levels of the foods we choose. There is a general lack of awareness on the topic of acidic foods and how they can impact our health.
Why is it important to know how alkaline or acidic the foods we eat may be? You may be surprised to learn that consuming too many acidic foods can impact your oral health.

What Research Says About Acidic Foods

One-third of 700 dentists surveyed by the Academy of General Dentistry say that acidic foods and beverages are the single most prevalent contributors to sensitive teeth, followed by the technique in which people brush their teeth.
How can you better recognize and understand acidic foods and learn how to keep your body’s pH levels neutral? You can ask your doctor, consult with a dietician, or do a bit of homework on your own. It’s easy to find research on acidic foods, alkaline foods and the pH levels of food in literature or on the internet. If you're concerned about tooth sensitivity, avoid eating acidic foods as much as possible. Here is a list of acidic foods and their general level of acidity.

Moderately Acidic Foods

  • Meat
  • Beans
  • Most Grains
  • Corn
  • Fish
  • Fowl
  • Coffee
  • Plums, prunes and cranberries

Highly Acidic Foods

  • Sport Drinks
  • Orange Juice
  • Tomatoes
  • Yogurt/Sour Cream
  • Wine
  • Sodas (e.g. cola beverages)
  • Most fermented foods and aged cheeses
  • Fruits
  • Pickled Products

Enjoying Acidic Foods

Acidic foods can certainly be enjoyed in moderation. If you prefer a diet high in acidic foods, but are experiencing significant tooth sensitivity, there are many steps you can take to reduce your tooth discomfort.
According to The Academy of General Dentistry, the simplest way to alleviate sensitive teeth from acidic foods is to use desensitizing toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
If you really enjoy your acidic foods but want to avoid the discomfort associated with sensitive teeth, try this regimen to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
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