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  1. Bruxism and Temporomandibular Disorders - Topic Overview

    Bruxism is the unconscious act of grinding the teeth,usually at night during sleep. Bruxism has been observed in people of all ages,including young children. It is a contributing factor in temporomandibular (TM) disorders. Like daytime teeth clenching,bruxism is often considered to be stress-related. Sleep disorders are also a cause of bruxism. The negative effects of bruxism include: ...

  2. Physical Therapy for Temporomandibular Disorders

    A physical therapist can develop a program for you that includes learning and practicing techniques for regaining normal jaw movement. The focus of physical therapy for temporomandibular (TM) disorders is relaxation, stretching, and releasing tight muscles and scar tissue. Physical therapy is an especially important part of recovery from TM joint surgery, as it helps minimize scar tissue ...

  3. Understanding Strep Throat -- Symptoms

    Information on strep throat symptoms

  4. Temporomandibular Disorders: Treating Trigger Points - Topic Overview

    Some people with temporomandibular (TM) disorder have areas of the jaw joint that "trigger" severe pain. Trigger point management includes trigger point compression and trigger point injections. Trigger point compression is done by a doctor or physical therapist,who applies firm pressure to the jaw muscles with the thumb or knuckle. Trigger point compression works similarly to a deep massage. ...

  5. Understanding Strep Throat -- Treatment

    Facts on strep throat treatment.

  6. Open-Joint Arthroplasty for Temporomandibular Disorders

    Open-joint arthroplasty is surgery to repair, reposition, replace, or remove parts in a joint.

  7. Jaw Problems: Changing Your Diet - Topic Overview

    Changes in your diet can reduce the mechanical stress on your temporomandibular (TM) joint and may help relieve your jaw pain. Avoid hard or chewy foods (such as popcorn,jerky,tough meats,chewy breads,gum,and raw apples and carrots) that cause your jaws to work overtime. Choose softer foods that are easy to chew,such as eggs,casseroles,yogurt,and soup. Cut your food into small,...

  8. Temporomandibular Disorders: Ways to Ease Pain - Topic Overview

    Apply moist heat to your jaw to relieve sore,tense muscles related to a temporomandibular disorder. Do not apply heat to your jaw if it has swollen after an injury. Dip a towel in hot tap water or warm a damp towel in a microwave oven. You may also use a hot pack,electric moist heating unit,or a heating pad set on low or medium. Apply moist heat (no warmer than bath water) to your jaw ...

  9. Temporomandibular Disorders: Hypnosis - Topic Overview

    As a treatment for temporomandibular (TM) disorder,hypnosis may help you relax your facial and jaw muscles and break unconscious tooth-grinding and jaw-clenching habits. Under the guidance of a trained psychotherapist,you are guided into a calm,focused,relaxed state of body and mind (trance state). Once this state is achieved,you may be more susceptible to the power of motivational ...

  10. Temporomandibular Disorders: Problems With the Disc - Topic Overview

    The articular disc provides a cushion between the ball and socket of the temporomandibular (TM) joint. It is very common for the TM joint to painlessly click or pop while opening or closing. These sounds are related to the ball (condyle) of the joint passing over the disc as the jaw opens or closes. Such painless noises are not a cause for concern. As a result of joint stress or injury to the ...

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Only 18.5% of Americans never floss. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it turns to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Try flossing just one tooth to get started.

You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for 3 more days!

You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily, but you're well on your way to making a positive impact on your teeth and gums. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for all 7 days!

Only 50.5% of Americans floss daily, and good for you that you are one of them! Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Congratulations on your good oral health habit!

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