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Is Your Mouth Older Than…

A mouth at age 50 enters a whole new world marked by a set of problems you never dreamed of when your mouth was filled with bubble gum and the latest slang. Celebrate Great Taste! Expect taste buds to fade gradually with age. But the senses of taste and smell can disappear quickly in diabetics—or overnight as a result of stroke, Parkinson's, or Huntington's Disease. Have the loss checked out—and make food more palatable with herbs and spices. Don't Swallow Bitterness! Menopause often leads to hormonal imbalance or to vitamin or mineral deficiency, resulting in a bitter taste or burning in the mouth. Detection of the deficiency can lead to correction of the problem. Tender is the Face TMJ (temporomandibular [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:22:45+00:00April 27th, 2021|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Is Your Mouth Older Than…

Bruxism – Grinding and Clenching

What is Bruxism? Bruxism is the technical term for grinding and clenching that wears down teeth and may cause facial pain. People who grind and clench, called bruxers, unintentionally bite down too hard at inappropriate times, such as in their sleep. In addition to grinding teeth, they also may bite their fingernails, pencils and chew the inside of their cheek. People usually aren't diagnosed with bruxism until it is too late because so many people don't realize they have the habit. Others mistakenly believe that their teeth must touch at all times. About one in three people suffer from bruxism, which can easily be treated by a dentist. Can bruxism cause harm? People who have otherwise healthy teeth and gums [...]

By |2019-12-31T19:33:36+00:00April 21st, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Bruxism – Grinding and Clenching

TMJ Disorders, Causes and Treatment

What is the Temporomandibular Joint? TMJ (the temporomandibular joint) is the part of the jaw that slides and rotates just in front of your ear. It consists of the side and base of the skull (temporal bone) and the lower jaw (mandible). Chewing muscles connect the lower jaw to the rest of the head, allowing you to move your jaw forward, sideways, and open and close. When the jaw joint is working correctly, the lower jaw (both the right and left portions) is smooth and synchronized during movement. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder occurs when the jaw twists during opening, closing, or side-motion movements. These movements affect the jaw joint and the muscles that control chewing. What is TMJ? TMJ describes a [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:25:19+00:00September 3rd, 2019|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on TMJ Disorders, Causes and Treatment