28
Aug

Can TMD Cause Dizziness?

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TMD or temporomandibular joint disorders can sometimes be debilitating disorders. The temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects the temporal bones of your skull to your jaw, just in front of your ears. It enables to move your jaw up and down and side to side so that you can talk, chew and yawn. TMD can make all of those actions quite painful, even impossible, as well as cause a host of other symptoms. One of those symptoms is dizziness. Some TMD patients will report feelings of dizziness throughout their entire body, or a feeling that the room is spinning, which may place them in danger of losing their balance, falling and hurting themselves. You have sensors in your inner ear that account for your body’s position in the space around it, as well as for the effects of gravity. Signals are sent to your central nervous system by these…

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24
May

3 Causes of Gum Recession and How It’s Treated

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Gum recession is when your gum line starts to recede and expose more of the tooth, eventually exposing the root of the tooth. It sounds scary, but if caught early enough, there are many ways you can treat and prevent gum recession at home or with the help of your dentist. The best treatment is prevention, so let’s look at some common causes of gum recession so that you can know what to do and what to avoid! Brushing and/or Flossing Roughly It’s great to have a good oral hygiene routine, but be careful about being too aggressive with your brushing and flossing. Make sure you choose a toothbrush labeled “soft” and that you don’t floss too often. Flossing once a day is recommended, but more than that can damage the gum tissue and cause recession. Additionally, take care to floss gently. Poor Oral Health On the other side of…

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26
Apr

How Gingivitis Impacts Your Overall Health

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Gingivitis is a very common oral disease that affects the gums. It can also be an early indicator of periodontal disease and causes inflammation and bleeding in the gums. Gingivitis is caused by bacteria from plaque buildup entering the gums, usually brought on by poor oral hygiene. It’s important to catch gingivitis early on. It can be reversed by treatment and practising good oral hygiene. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to gum disease, which can have severe consequences for your oral, and overall, health. Common symptoms of gingivitis include: Red or purple gums. Swollen gums. Bleeding gums. Pain and sensitivity. Bad breath. If left untreated, gingivitis can have disastrous effects. Periodontal disease is always preceded by gingivitis. If gingivitis progresses into periodontal disease, it can lead to tooth loss or even bone loss. Recent studies have also shown that gingivitis can have negative effects on overall health, specifically on…

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20
Mar

5 Signs You Have TMD

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What is TMD? To begin with, it’s short for temporomandibular disorder. TMD affects facial joints and muscles, especially those used in chewing, such as the joints where the jaw connects to the skull. TMD is a common and usually not serious condition, but can vary in severity and have negative impacts on overall health and quality of life. There are many factors that can lead to TMD, and each case is unique. Some common causes of TMD include: Tooth grinding Stress and tension Past injuries Structural issues such as an uneven bite Conditions such as osteoarthritis that cause joints to weaken and wear down over time However, TMD can also develop without an obvious cause. How do you know if you have TMD? Here are some common signs: Jaw Clicking TMD can often be identified by a clicking or popping noise accompanying chewing or speaking. Pain TMD pain can vary…

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11
Apr

4 Common Dental Problems You Can Avoid

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Most people will encounter some type of dental problem in his or her lifetime – however, a large majority of dental problems are actually ones that can be avoided with good dental hygiene habits, including brush twice per day and flossing daily. Regular dental cleanings are also an important part of good oral health. Tooth Decay. In fact, tooth decay is not only one of the most common dental problems amongst both children and adults. Tooth decay can occur from eating carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk or cakes, which cause plaque to form on the teeth. Bacteria then begin to feed on the plaque, which produces acid, which ultimately destroys enamel and leads to tooth decay. However, this can be avoided by ensuring that you brush your teeth twice per day, floss at least once per day and have regular checkups every 6 months. In addition, ensure that…

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