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When Was Your Last Dentist Appointment?

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Parents teach their children many things. They teach their sons how to be respectful of women. They teach their daughters how to strive for their dreams. They teach all of their children how to work hard for everything that they want. The teach their children how to lead a healthy lifestyle. From what to eat and how to exercise, parents teach their children not only by what they say, but also how they act. If, for instance, you want to teach your children about the importance of excellent oral health, your children should see you going to the dentist on a regular basis, as well as brushing and flossing two to three times every day?
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How Invisalign Gives Kids and Adults the Perefct Smile

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Braces once used to be a rite of passage for children and teens, leading to the creation of a whole set of cultural references to mouths full of metal and wires. They were quite as painful as it sounds, but now, in the 21st century, there is an alternative in orthodontics for children and teens. Custom designed Invisalign treatments can straighten out the teeth and give anyone a beautiful smile. Best of all, Invisalign is not just for kids, but for adults too.

What is Invisalign?
Invisalign consists of a set of transparent aligners that are worn over the teeth. Each aligner is custom designed through computerized Continue Reading No Comments

Five Tips to Deal with Chronic Headaches

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Do you suffer from undiagnosed chronic headaches? There are millions of Americans that deal with debilitating headaches on a daily basis. They can affect your ability to focus throughout the day, sleep in the evenings, and live an otherwise normal life. While the cause of chronic headaches is not always known, there are some things that you can do to relieve the symptoms and to get some relief.

Pay attention to daily headache schedules
Understanding when your headaches come on the most can help you prepare for them. Paying attention to this schedule could also help with diagnosing. Do you experience headaches the first thing in the morning? Do they come on after an especially stressful day? Establishing a schedule can let you know when to take over the counter medicati

Chronic Facial Pain Treatment May Help Your TMJ

Written by Metro Dental. Posted in Best dentist, Dental services, Dentist, Dentistry, Dentists

dentistIn the United States, 35 million people have been diagnosed with Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, or TMJ. Those suffering from TMJ experience pain in the jaw bone and surrounding areas, which can cause frequent head or neck aches, ringing in the ears, locked jaw, insomnia, and swelling along the sides of the face.

For facial pain management and to reduce the chronic pain associated with TMJ, consider doing one or more of the following:

  • Chew on both sides of your mouth
  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Relax your face and jaw
  • Sit with good posture
  • Avoid resting your chin on your hand

Reducing the amount of stress on your jaw and taking the occasional pain reliever will help your TMJ become manageable. However, for those looking to get rid of most or almost all of their TMJ pain, it may be worthwhile to consider chronic facial pain treatment through a TMJ center.

TMJ Treatments
Depending on the severity of your TMJ, your dentist may either recommend the use of therapy or surgeries in order to reduce and treat your TMJ pain.

Therapies
Some of the most common therapies recommended by a dentist include:

  • Physical therapy. Those with TMJ often benefit from the use of heat and cold therapy, which can ease the aches and pains of the jaw and neck, thereby relieving headaches. A physical therapist may also use exercises to strengthen and stretch your jaw muscles.
  • Mouth guards. A mouth guard will keep you from grinding your teeth, which can aggravate your jaw bone and cause more pain. They can also help your teeth stay aligned, which is often a source of discomfort.
  • Counseling. TMJ can become aggravated by physical behaviors such as the grinding or clenching of the teeth and nail biting. These habits are often seen in patients with anxiety, and therefore counseling may be able to help you find ways to avoid these behaviors, which may be causing you greater pain.

Surgeries
If any of the above therapies fail to reduce your TMJ pain to a manageable amount, your dentist may recommend one of the following surgical procedures:

  • Arthrocentesis. During this minimally invasive procedure, a dental surgeon will place a series of small needles into your temporomandibular joint to allow the passage of fluid. The fluid removes debris from your joint that may be causing inflammation.
  • TMJ Arthroscopy. As in other arthroscopies, a dental surgeon inserts a thin tube in the joint. A tiny camera is placed in the tube, allowing the dentist to observe what may be causing the pain in your joint. In some cases, treatment can be performed in the same procedure.
  • Open-joint surgery. If your TMJ is unable to be treated in other ways and the pain is severe, your dentist may recommend open-joint surgery in order to treat the structural conflicts of the the joint. This kind of surgery removes, replaces, or repairs parts of the temporomandibular joint.

For some suffering from TMJ discomfort and pain, non-drug treatments and therapies can either reduce or eliminate TMJ symptoms. However, for those with chronic facial pain caused by their TMJ, additional treatments may be necessary.

If you’re suffering from chronic TMJ pain in Upper Arlington, consult the dentists of 5Points Advanced Dentistry today to seek treatment.