Most parts of the body are complex, but one of the most complex is your temporomandibular joint, the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull. Often times these joints cause some pain and clicking for those with TMJ disorders. These are both signs that the joint and muscles are not working properly, and should be seen by a professional to ensure no further medical disorders arise.
Causes for TMJ pain and discomfort range from any of the following:
These cause the cartilage between the bones of your joint to become worn down or out of alignment. This is what causes the clicking sound, the pain, and even the lack of ability to open your mouth completely.
Do I have TMJ?
How many did you answer ‘yes’ to? If it is the majority, the likelihood that you have TMJ is rather high.
Luckily, the research has gotten better over the years and there are more treatments for TMJ disorders today than there were in the past.
To alleviate the pain in the muscles, often one is instructed to take an anti-inflammatory medication in order to calm the muscles in the jaw. This will reduce the pain and inflammation.
Mindfulness and self care can assist the treatment of TMJ by having the person become aware of when their jaw is clenched in order to rest it, making sure they keep their teeth apart unless necessary, eating soft foods, using ice and heat, and exercising their jaw.
Stress management also plays a large role in the treatment for TMJ. It’s known that stress can cause TMJ, therefore, it is important for someone to learn how to manage that stress.
Dental mouth guards are provided to those who come into their dentist’s office wanting alleviation from the pain caused by TMJ.
If you or someone you know is suffering from TMJ, lead them to our door. At Progressive Family Dentistry, we would love to take care of your teeth and jaw problems!
Perhaps your dentist has discussed the need for sealants on your teeth, or perhaps you are just curious to see what a sealant is and what it does. Either way, continue reading to find out!
A dental sealant is a thin coating applied to the top (chewing) surfaces of your teeth. Mostly seen and used for the back molars, a sealant is used for the purpose of preventing tooth decay.
The cool part of a dental sealant is that, when applied, the sealant molds and bonds to the individual grooves of the tooth, protecting the enamel. Since brushing and flossing can only do so much to prevent plaque build up, the use of sealants assist in the combat of plaque by getting into the small crevices of the teeth.
Who needs Sealants?
Everyone! Each one of us is prone to tooth decay and have our very own tooth grooves. When a child is between the ages of 6-14, a dentist will usually suggest applying sealants. If you are an adult and do not have sealants, we would suggest you receive them as well.
So, How Are Sealants Applied?
A super cool aspect of sealants is they last up to 10 years! That means those grooves and teeth are protected from decay for that long! This doesn’t mean you stop brushing and flossing, though!
If you know someone who hasn’t had sealants yet, point them in Progressive Family Dentistry’s direction! We will take wonderful care of them!
After having braces for months, all you want is for your teeth to be free, we know. Even though you have graduated from braces, you still need to keep your teeth straight by wearing your retainer! Today we are going to remind you of why wearing your retainer is important to your dental health!
Keep Those Teeth Straight
Seriously! If you don’t wear your retainer after you have your braces removed, stubborn teeth have a tendency to move back to their original position. Wear your retainer in order to keep that beautiful smile you worked so hard to have!
Once you have paid to get braces, why let that money go to waste and let your teeth revert back to being out of line? If you keep wearing your retainer, you don’t have to spend the money later to fix it again!
At Progressive Family Dentistry we know that life can get a little hectic, but we encourage you to keep wearing those retainers and keep coming in for appointments! We love seeing those happy, bright, and amazing smiles!
When enjoying your favorite salty snack, the last thing you expect is to have it stuck in your gums. What will you do if this happens to you? Here are a few tips,
Use Water to Soften the Debris
When getting food stuck in your gums, it can become very painful. Help soften rough edges by drinking water in hopes the debris will soak and soften.
If the food is stuck between your teeth, use some floss! Floss is a wonderful tool to clean between your teeth and help dislodge stubborn foods!
See your Dentist
Sometimes when something is stuck in your gum, you need a professional’s assistance and opinion. Feel free to call and make an appointment to see your dentist.
If you have dental problems like something being lodged in your gums, Progressive Family Dentistry is always here to help!
Here at Progressive Family Dentistry, we want to combat the thought that the dentist is mean or scary!
In the eyes of children, everything is much bigger and more frightening. The thought of traveling somewhere where a person will look around in their mouth has the potential to cause a lot of anxiety. But what if we change that narrative?
Children are curious creatures, and are learning constantly. If we take that into consideration and begin their relationship with the dentist positively, there is a good chance their anxious feelings will ease!
When a child visits the dentist for the first time, it is less about their teeth and more about building a trusting relationship with their dentist! To make it better, why not let the dentist use your mouth as an example of how a cleaning would look?
Kids love to watch us and learn from us. If you as their parent are comfortable while the dentist or dental hygienist acts out a cleaning, then they can do it too!
After your child has gotten comfortable with the idea of a dentist as a friend, the dentist will check your child’s teeth, gums, and oral issues and schedule an appointment for a later date.
If your child has dentist anxiety, or is in need of a regular dentist, make an appointment today!
The Progressive Team