Chewing Gum: A Harmless Habit or TMJ Troublemaker?

February 9, 2024

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Woman holding her jaw due to TMJ pain

Chewing gum is a common habit for many, whether it’s to freshen breath, curb hunger, or help them concentrate. However, for those with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, chewing gum may not be as harmless as it seems! This painful condition can affect your quality of life in many ways, but what is it, and why does gum make it so much worse?

Read on to learn more about TMJ disorder and the effects of chewing gum on its progression.

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Can Pregnancy Cause Sleep Apnea?

January 18, 2024

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Pregnant woman relaxing in bedDid you know that 39 million adults in the US have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? An obstruction created by the tongue or soft tissues in the back of the mouth can cause frequent breathing disruptions throughout the night. This can lead to potentially life-threatening complications with no treatment. Although anyone can develop OSA, various factors increase your risk, including pregnancy. If you’re not getting enough oxygen while you’re sleeping, your baby is also being deprived. Here’s what you need to know to keep you and your little one healthy.

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TMJ Disorders Can Affect Your Speech

January 8, 2024

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Older man with jaw painAre you struggling to speak clearly from jaw pain? Does your jaw click or pop when you move it? You can be experiencing symptoms of a TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located just in front of your ears, connecting your lower jaw to your skull. Inflammation within the joints can cause dysfunction, which can lead to many symptoms, including speech problems. Don’t worry. Here’s how to stop your jaw pain and ensure clear communication. 

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Green Sleep: CBD and Sleep Apnea

December 28, 2023

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The internet has placed worlds’ worth of information at the average person’s disposal, which can be a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to medicine. While it’s obviously fantastic that the average person can learn more about their health, much of the advice you’ll find online comes from people who don’t necessarily know what they’re talking about.

For example, you might have heard about the potential health benefits of CBD for those with sleep apnea. To clear the air, here’s what you should know about what the current consensus surrounding CBD and sleep apnea.

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Kids & Jaw Pain: How to Tell if Your Child Has TMD

December 21, 2023

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A young girl with an aching jaw from TMD

If your kiddo says their jaw feels bad, you may dismiss the idea at first. “It’s probably nothing to worry about,” you’d think.” Still, you’d do well to take their concern more seriously. There’s a good chance your child is dealing with TMD. If so, you’ll need to take the proper steps to relieve their pain. Luckily, your Silver Springs dentist can help. Here’s how to tell if your child has TMD and some ways to ease their discomfort.

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Beware of These 5 Factors That Can Worsen Sleep Apnea

December 14, 2023

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Untreated sleep apnea can have some very serious consequences, such as an increased risk of heart attacks. To make matters worse, there are several factors that could end up making the problem more severe. If you want to overcome your sleep disorder, it’s important to be aware of anything that might be contributing to it. Below, you’ll find a list of 5 major factors that are known to potentially worsen sleep apnea.

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TMJ Awareness Month: The Importance of Recognizing and Treating a TMJ Disorder

November 14, 2023

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Close-up of woman in white shirt with TMJ disorder

November is TMJ awareness month, which means now is the perfect time to start learning more about TMJ disorder. How will you know if there’s a problem with your jaw joints? Why is it important to have the condition treated? And what solutions are available? The answers to these questions can be found below, and they can help ensure that you’re properly prepared to deal with any TMJ-related problems that you may be struggling with.

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Tips for Enjoying Halloween with Sleep Apnea

October 20, 2023

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Smiling woman with carved pumpkin Halloween is almost here! As you check out the creative costumes and spooky decorations, don’t lose sleep at night or put your health at risk. If you have sleep apnea, even a few days of skipping your sleep apnea treatment can affect your health and sleep quality. You don’t have to miss out on the festivities to protect your wellness. Here are 5 tips to enjoy Halloween with sleep apnea.

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Is Your Jaw Pain Caused by Bad Posture?

October 17, 2023

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Woman with jaw pain holding her faceDo you suffer from recurring jaw pain? You’re not alone. Dysfunction of your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) can lead to many symptoms. TMJ disorders can be triggered by various factors, like a past injury, a bad bite, or grinding your teeth. However, your posture can also be the culprit. While the two may seem unrelated, poor posture can affect several areas of your body, including your jaw. Here’s how standing up straight can alleviate your jaw pain.

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What Do I Do If My Jaw Is Stiff Or Locked?

September 26, 2023

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Woman with brown hair in a purple shirt with her eyes closed holding her hand to her jaw which is illustrated to look like bone

Do you wake up in the morning with a jaw so tight that it’s difficult to open your mouth? Is it incredibly uncomfortable, even painful, when you open and close your mouth? If so, you could have a locked jaw from TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) which commonly causes these symptoms. If this sounds like you, keep reading to learn more about what it is and what you can do to help yourself.

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