Do You Have TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorderIf you suffer from frequent headaches or ear, jaw or neck pain, you may have TMJ disorder.  This is a condition that often goes undiagnosed. Besides the pain you feel, some other symptoms may be a crackle or pop in that jaw as you move it. If any part of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the muscles, tissues or bones become dislocated or inflamed, the disorder can result.

TMJ disorder can be caused from chronic grinding of the teeth.  It may also be caused by trauma to the jaw or even whiplash. You can do a simple self diagnosis by using this test:

While opening your jaw slightly, place a finger over the joint in front of your ear, and then open wide until you can feel the joint move.  If you feel the joint click or if it hurts when you press, you may have TMJ disorder.

You may be able to find some relief from this disorder by avoiding chewing gum and even using a nighttime bite guard to minimize clenching and grinding.  If you think you may suffer from this disorder, be sure to talk with your dentist.

Do You Have TMJ? Take The Home Test|Oprah

Senior Dental Care

senior dental careEverybody has dental health on their list of “to-do” somewhere. But as a senior, life doesn’t necessarily slow down.  It is important to make time for dental health, no matter your age. Here are some things to keep in mind for senior dental care.

Some common dental issues that seniors face are gum disease, stained teeth, root decay, dry mouth, tooth loss, and even diminished sense of taste. But there are solutions to these issues if you work closely with your dentist. You can read more in depth about these solutions by checking out 1Dental’s article here.

If you are a senior, it is important to plan ahead to save you pain and money. If it is difficult to make it to the dentist, don’t be afraid to ask family or friends to help you out. Senior dental care is important, so don’t take it lightly.

New Research for Oral-Systemic Health Disease

oral-systemic healthImproving oral health is a goal for improving overall health.  In an article from Medical News Today, we learn that researchers are developing new tools to combat oral-systemic disease. Funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration, New York University’s TOSH (teaching oral-systemic health) program is developing this new assessment.

TOSH educators have developed educational innovation that will require the traditional head, ears, eyes, nose and throat exam to also include examination of the teeth, gums, mucosa, tongue and palate.

Read more details about this research from Medical News Today here: NYU researchers develop new assessment tool to combat oral-systemic disease – Medical News Today.

Important Things To Remember About Dental Health This Year

dental healthDental health is one of the last things that most people want to think about. Brushing, flossing and eating healthy are all important as well as keeping up on dental cleanings and exams. 1dental put together a list of things that will help you remember about your dental health this new year.

One important thing for your dental health is to find a good dentist. It’s difficult to know where to start.  One great tip is to take recommendations.  Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a great dentist. Some other things to keep in mind are the location, schedule, staff, cleanliness, cost and if they accept your insurance.

Another important thing to remember about dental health is regular flossing and brushing.  But don’t stop there, using mouthwash can also benefit your health by decreasing cavities, disinfecting the mouth and preventing gum disease. Some healthy foods that will benefit your oral health are milk, yogurt, nuts, oranges, apples, cheese and mushrooms.

Some things that may be harmful to your dental health are coffee, swimming, over brushing, diet pills, chewing ice, nail biting and smoking.  Sodas are also harmful to your teeth because of the acid.

Another thing to keep in mind is the connection between exercise and oral health.  How healthy your mouth is will affect the health of your entire body.

What To Remember For Your Dental Care This Year|1Dental

Droplets From Coughs And Sneezes Travel Far

coughs and sneezesSince we were children, we have learned that we need to cover our mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.  This is to prevent germs from becoming airborne and spreading to others. Some new research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology proves this is more important than ever because the droplets from coughs and sneezes travel much farther than previously thought.  Up to 200 times farther.

The research found that droplets from the cough or sneeze travel through interaction with a gas cloud.  You can see a video of a person sneezing that shows the gas cloud carrying droplets as they sneeze here.

There is more research to be done, but for now, the most important thing is to remember to cover that cough or sneeze to prevent the spread of germs. To learn more read the full article from Medical News Today in the link below.

Droplets From Coughs And Sneezes Travel Farther Than You Think|Medical News Today