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    1. Arthroscopy for Temporomandibular Disorders

      For arthroscopic jaw surgery, the surgeon inserts a pencil-thin, lighted tube (arthroscope) into the jaw joint through a small incision in the skin. The arthroscope is connected to a small camera outside the body that transmits a close-up image.

    2. Canker Sores - 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 ...

    3. Mouth and Dental Injuries - Topic Overview

      Many people worry about going to the dentist. You may be very nervous and may actually feel sick to your stomach. Some people become so nervous that they just don't go to the dentist. However,this can lead to serious problems,including infected gums and teeth,difficulty chewing,and lack of self-confidence because of bad teeth or bad breath. To help get over being nervous about the ...

    4. Mouth and Dental Injuries - 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. Tonsillitis - Home Treatment

      Your health professional may have prescribed an antibiotic for strep throat. Take all of the antibiotic exactly as prescribed. This will help prevent the infection from coming back and will prevent complications of infection that could occur if you do not

    6. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

      If you have strep throat,extra fluids for the body and increased moisture in the air (humidity) will keep the throat moist and help keep mucus thin. To increase moisture in the body: Drink at least one glass of fluid [ ] every hour (less for children,according to their size) when awake. Good choices include water with or without lemon juice; warm tea with honey; broth; and fruit juices ...

    7. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - Home Treatment

      Learn about home treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TM disorders).

    8. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - When To Call a Doctor

      Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if a severe sore throat (pain being an 8 or 9 on a scale of 1 to 10) occurs along with symptoms including: fever of 102F or more, drooling, difficulty breathing and head pushed forward to breathe.

    9. Mouth and Dental Injuries - When To Call a Doctor

      Find out when to seek medical care for temporomandibular disorders (TM disorders).

    10. Canker Sores - Why It Is Done

      This surgery is done to close a fistula between a maxillary sinus and the mouth. A fistula can cause chronic inflammation or infection of the sinus (sinusitis). ...

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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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