Category Archives: Dental Care

Can bad oral hygiene cause cancer?

At MedCenter TMJ, we tell our patients that the health of your mouth affects your entire body. If you’re dealing with a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), the pain, inflammation, and other symptoms can have a profound impact on your physical and … Continue reading

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Why Flossing Is Not Optional

Many people don’t floss as much as they should. In fact, studies suggest only 40 percent of people are flossing daily as the American Dental Association recommends. And to add to the problem, a recent report from the Associated Press … Continue reading

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Do I need a specific toothbrush for my TMD?

When you’re dealing with the pain of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), everyday tasks can be challenging. Proper dental hygiene, especially brushing and flossing, can be difficult when it hurts to open your mouth wide. In particular, being able to reach … Continue reading

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How Smoking Around Children Can Lead to Tooth Decay Later in Life

You probably already know that secondhand smoke is harmful to the health of everyone exposed to it. It contains hundreds of chemicals, many of them known to cause cancer. Smoking around children is particularly harmful to their developing lungs and … Continue reading

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Orofacial Pain: Dentistry Beyond the Teeth and Gums

When you imagine oral health issues, you probably think of cavities or gum disease. These dental conditions can be quite uncomfortable and are unfortunately widespread. However, what you may not realize is that other types of orofacial pain are just … Continue reading

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The Link Between Sports and TMD

Playing sports is a wonderful way to stay in shape, meet new friends, and develop new skills! Unfortunately, some athletic activities also pose certain risks. Your TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, act as hinges at either side of your mouth. If they … Continue reading

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The New Year’s Dental Resolution We All Need to Make

We get rid of plaque and bacteria every day by brushing our teeth. But that’s not the only place where plaque and bacteria builds up. It also occurs in between your teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Those spots are … Continue reading

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The Truth About TMJ Therapies: Is Nothing the Best Treatment?

If you have TMJ disorder symptoms should you do absolutely nothing? The answer is, of course, no. But rather surprisingly, an article from the New York Times a few years ago seemed to suggest just that with the headline, “Best … Continue reading

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Phantom Tooth Pain and Your TMJ Disorder

Phantom tooth pain is very real. It can be a chronic pain existing in an actual tooth, or in an area where a tooth has been removed. Sometimes there is no clear cause of the pain, and yet, over time, the … Continue reading

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Brushing Tips for TMJ Sufferers

When we don’t feel well it’s easy to let certain routines slide. But not where your teeth and gums are concerned. Good dental hygiene matters, and you certainly should not avoid these activities simply because it occasionally hurts to brush … Continue reading

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