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Five Ways to Lessen Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Pain

If you’re being treated for temporomandibular joint disorder, congratulations on taking the first steps to improving your health and well-being. Though you are under treatment, you may still experience some pain and stiffness in your temporomandibular joint and upper body, so it may not feel like much has changed. The good news is there are some techniques you can use to help ease the pain of temporomandibular joint disorder during treatment. Here are five techniques that may bring you some much-needed relief.

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Summer Oral Health Tips

Swimming, skating, sun and state fairs - these are the things that summer is made of. But sometimes, that vacation mode takes over and we forget to do the routine things we’re used to doing during the rest of the year. This summer, as you head outdoors for fun in the sun, don’t forget about your oral health routine - or these summer-safe tips for your mouth!

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Childhood Trauma and Oral Health

A postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan has revealed the results of a heartbreaking new study about how childhood trauma affects adult oral health. The researcher, Haena Lee, used data from the 2012 Health and Retirement Study to correlate the condition of patients' oral health to events that occurred in their childhood.

To do this, Lee looked at survey respondents' answers about whether they have teeth, their education level, their poverty level and their childhood experiences. She then used the data to examine three aspects of each person’s life: the person’s most impressionable formative years; the "accumulation model," which studies the accumulation of the negative events the subject experienced; and the subject’s socioeconomic status throughout life. Her findings were nothing short of devastating.

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Are Designer Pastes Worth the Hype?

A lot of fuss is being made in the news these days about designer toothpastes. From social media-trendy charcoal pastes to the resurgence of vintage and all-natural brands with unique flavors like clove, lemon and lavender, toothpaste is the latest product to get a retro-redo. But are these new pastes any better than the old tried-and-true drugstore brands we’ve been using for decades? With some new designer brands costing anywhere from three to 10 times more than your old standby, it’s natural to expect them to do more. But if that’s what you’re hoping for, you may be in for some disappointment. Here’s why.

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Oral Health and Depression

An estimated 300 million people worldwide and 16.2 million in America alone suffer from the mental health disorder clinical depression. Depression can strike anyone at any time. It can be motivated by any number of causes, both external and internal. Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the country, striking nearly 7 percent of the adult population at any time. Unfortunately, researchers estimate that only about 37 percent of those affected actively seek treatment, leaving over 60 percent of sufferers struggling to do everyday tasks. Some of those tasks include self-care and basic hygiene.

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Getting Dental Implants Is Easier than Ever

Do you have missing teeth, or are you having teeth removed? There’s never been a better time to consider dental implants. Even if you’ve heard that you can’t get dental implants because you’ve had missing teeth for too long, there are still ways to get the beautiful, natural-looking dental implants you’ve always dreamed of. If you’ve heard these common caveats before, don’t despair - there’s still hope. Here’s why:

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Veneers vs. Crowns: Which Is Best?

If you read a lot of celebrity news, you’ve probably already heard a lot about porcelain veneers - which celebrities have them, which celebrities need them, and how much better their teeth look after getting them. If you’ve ever wondered if veneers are right for you, keep reading. Dr. Michelle Simpson discusses these handy little porcelain facings, and the many ways they can benefit your smile.

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Four Common Types of Mouth Sores

Our mouths can be mysterious places: A lot can happen in there that we can neither see nor control. Naturally, when something goes wrong inside our mouth, it can be a huge cause for worry, especially if we can’t get a clear view of the problem. One of the most common pains in the mouth are mouth sores. Though it can be hard to tell what type of mouth sore you may have without visiting a dentist or doctor, it's pretty obvious when you have one (ouch!). Here are some of the most common types of mouth sores you may encounter - and what to do if you get one.

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Stay Sharp About Oral Piercings

A big trend among teens and young adults that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon is oral piercings. From lip rings to tongue studs, there are many different ways to express yourself through jewelry, but while kids may think it looks cool, it can be very bad for their oral health. Here’s what you should know if your child wants an oral piercing.

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Green That Oral Health Routine!

We all know how precious our planet is – after all, it's our home and it’s the only one we’ve got. That’s why many people have begun to make a push for a greener, cleaner Earth. There are many things we can do in our daily life to make sure we are taking good care of our planet and ensure it's a safe and beautiful place not only for us to enjoy, but also for future generations as well.

Easy things you can do at home to keep the planet healthy include recycling, carpooling and buying green products with environmentally safe ingredients. But if you want to go even further and take steps to keep your health "green" as well as the planet, try these tips for an environmentally friendly approach to oral health!

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Save Money on Oral Health Care

For most of us, saving money where we can is a good thing. From couponing and shopping sales to bargaining for automobiles to refinancing your mortgage, a penny saved is a penny earned. Any savvy shopper can find savings almost anywhere, but did you know you don’t have to be a professional bargain hunter to cut costs - even when it comes to caring for your oral health? If you’re looking to save a buck on your pearly whites, here are some practical tips for being frugal with your oral health.

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Build a Dental First Aid Kit

If you’re like many people, you already own a first aid kit. Full of bandages, ointments and more, most first aid kits can dress external wounds in an emergency. But despite all their supplies, most first aid kits are missing some vitally important supplies: dental supplies. Here’s why you should think of your teeth when packing first aid supplies.

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Onlays Vs. Inlays

If you have a bad cavity, Dr. Simpson may recommend a dental filling called an inlay or an onlay, depending on the cavity’s severity. But what is the difference between inlays and onlays - and why would your dentist choose one over the other?

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Why So Sensitive?

It can come out of nowhere - that sharp, shooting pain in your teeth and gums that is triggered by cold and sometimes even hot foods. It’s sensitive teeth, and believe it or not, it can strike anyone at any time. But what causes sensitive teeth, and what can you do to prevent your teeth from hurting and keeping you from indulging in the hot and cold foods you enjoy?

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What Is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

If you’re lucky, you’ve never experienced a chipped or cracked tooth, but while such injuries are usually one-offs, sometimes it's possible to have more than one chipped or cracked tooth at the same time - without even realizing it. Doesn’t seem possible, does it? But it is. It’s called Cracked Tooth Syndrome, and if it sounds serious, that’s because it is!

Cracked Tooth Syndrome occurs when a tooth or teeth exhibit tiny cracks that are either only visible on X-ray or that fall below the gum line and are extremely difficult to get to. Cracked Tooth Syndrome can affect any of your teeth, but it most frequently occurs in the molars.

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Do This, Don't Do That

 

Everyone wants a healthy, beautiful smile, but sometimes what we do to our teeth and gums can work against us - even when we’re acting with the best of intentions. If you are currently doing any of these oral health behaviors, it’s time to reevaluate your strategy.

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Five Unexpected Health Benefits of Getting Braces

 

When you think about why people get braces, you probably think of the obvious benefit: straighter teeth. But what you may not realize is that wearing braces and undergoing orthodontic treatment has genuine benefits to overall health. So, the next time your teen complains about his or her orthodontics, share these valid reasons why a temporary metal-mouth is so worth the wait.

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Oral Cancer and Diabetes

 

With nearly 10 percent of the population in America suffering from type II diabetes, chances are you’ve already heard a lot about the illness. With an estimated 1.5 million new diagnoses each year, diabetes is now the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. But aside from the dangers of diabetes itself, the disease can also increase your risk of developing a co-morbid or secondary condition. In fact, a new study in the journal Diabetologia has revealed that having diabetes can increase the risk of developing oral cancer in women by 13 percent and their overall risk by 27 percent. The news wasn’t much better for men, with an increased rate of all cancers of 19 percent.

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How Neuromuscular Dentistry Could Save Lives

When you think about temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and how it affects the rest of the body, you may think of migraine headaches, neck and back pain, poor posture, and even tinnitus (ringing in the ears). But what you may not be thinking about could literally kill you.

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Mental Health May Affect Oral Health

When you suffer from a mental health condition, it’s not uncommon for a lot of things to fall to the wayside. From neglecting people and activities you once loved to neglecting hygiene and oral health, mental health disorders can take a toll on more than just your mind. That’s the subject of a new study published by researchers at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

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