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    1. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - Symptoms

      Symptoms of temporomandibular (TM) disorders are usually mild and temporary and typically do not get worse with time.

    2. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

      Arthroscopy may be used to diagnose a temporomandibular (TM) disorder when: The source of the symptoms can't be identified with other tests,and other treatment has not relieved pain. A surgeon needs to confirm the diagnosis of a joint problem before surgery. A health professional needs to see how the joint moves to make a diagnosis. ...

    3. Tonsillectomy

      A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. The adenoids may or may not be removed at the same time. Adenoidectomy is not discussed in this topic.

    4. Jaw Problems: Exercise and Relaxation - Topic Overview

      To help prevent or treat a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), you can try gentle jaw exercises. You can also try techniques that help you relax your jaw muscles.ExerciseTry a gentle exercise to restore normal range of motion, improve flexibility, and strengthen the jaw muscles. Your doctor, dentist, or physical therapist can recommend additional exercises.Do not do this exercise when your pain is severe or if it makes your pain worse.While watching yourself in a mirror, gently open and close your mouth, dropping your jaw straight up and down.Repeat for a few minutes each morning and night.Look for small improvements in the jaw's range of motion as you practice this exercise from day to day.RelaxationPaying attention to how you use your jaw can both prevent and help relieve symptoms. Good habits that help relax and rest your jaw include: Keep your teeth apart and your lips closed.Keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth, not between your teeth.Avoid things that make your jaw

    5. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - Other Treatment

      Many types of treatment can successfully relieve temporomandibular (TM) disorder symptoms. Different health professionals will suggest different treatments, any of which may work to relieve jaw and facial pain.

    6. Oral Care Guide - Tooth Extraction

      A tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed. A surgeon who specializes in surgeries of the mouth (oral and maxillofacial surgeon) or your dentist can remove a tooth.

    7. Canker Sores - 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 ...

    8. Canker Sores - What Increases Your Risk

      Close contact with an infected person is the main risk factor for tonsillitis.

    9. Jaw Problems: Exercise and Relaxation - Topic Overview

      By now your child has been seeing a dentist regularly for years. Continue with your usual schedule. If for some reason your child has not yet seen a dentist, make an appointment for an exam. More and more of the responsibility for good dental habits belongs to your child now.What your child can doYour child should be brushing his or her own teeth morning and night with a soft toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Watch to be sure he or she is doing a good job brushing.Flossing is an important part of good dental health, but it can be a challenging task for a child to master. Talk with your dentist about the right technique to teach your child how to floss. Plastic flossing tools may help you and your child.If your child has cavities, your dentist may recommend the use of a mouthwash that contains fluoride. But teach your child not to swallow it, because fluoride can be toxic in large amounts. Use disclosing tablets from time to time to see whether any plaque is

    10. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - Treatment Overview

      The goal of treatment for temporomandibular disorders (TM disorders) is to relieve pain in the jaw and restore normal jaw movement and function.

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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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