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  1. Jaw Problems: Structural Problems and Injury - Topic Overview

    Problems in the structure of the jaw joint include: Problems in the bones or other structures of the joint. These may have been present since birth (congenital),developed over time,or been caused by injury. Problems with the disc that cushions the joint between the jawbone (mandible) and the skull,such as the disc moving out of its normal position (disc displacement) or tearing (usually the ...

  2. Temporomandibular Disorders: Medical History and Physical Exam - Topic Overview

    If a temporomandibular (TM) disorder is suspected,your dentist or primary care doctor will ask you to describe: Your jaw pain,including how long you have had it,whether you wake up with sore,stiff jaw muscles,and where you feel pain. Any recent change in the way your teeth fit together. Daily habits that may promote jaw pain-for example,whether your pain gets worse when you clench your ...

  3. 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: ...

  4. Temporomandibular Disorders: Having Good Body Mechanics - Topic Overview

    Changing body mechanics can help you prevent or treat a temporomandibular (TM) disorder. Maintain good posture. Slumping your shoulders or assuming positions in which your upper body is thrust forward (many people do this to relieve back pain) disturbs the natural alignment between your facial bones and muscles. Don't sleep on the painful side of your face. Avoid sleeping on your stomach. ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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. ...

  7. Children and Orthodontics

    WebMD describes common types of orthodontics for children, including braces headgear, and retainers.

  8. Is Your Sore Throat a Cold, Strep Throat, or Tonsillitis?

    Got a sore throat? WebMD tells you how to tell if it’s a cold, strep throat, or tonsillitis.

  9. Diabetes & Oral Health: How to Protect Your Teeth

    Having diabetes can increase your risk of oral health problems, such as gum disease. And gum disease can interfere with blood sugar control. Learn how to protect your teeth.

  10. Basic Dental Care - Routine Checkups

    See your dentist once or twice a year. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. Your dental hygienist will begin to clean your teeth by scraping hard mineral buildup (tartar) off of your teeth with a small metal tool. Then the hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually ...

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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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