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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. 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. ...

  3. Jaw Problems: Managing Stress - Topic Overview

    There is a strong relationship between stress, muscle tension, and temporomandibular disorders (TMDs). An overstressed mind can lead to an overstressed body. Excessive tension in your jaw muscles can force your jaw joint to move in an unnatural manner. Over time, you may damage the disc that cushions the TM joint, or you may wear down some of your teeth, forcing your jaw into an unnatural position.Manage stressLearn to recognize when stress is affecting your life, and find ways to relieve it. Exercise is an excellent way for your body to process stress in a healthy way.Relaxation skills and activities can make a big difference in how stress affects your body and mind.For tips, see the topic Stress Management. Also see the topic Mental Health Problems and Mind-Body Wellness.Emotional stress can be the result of:Sudden changes in your life, such as the loss of a loved one. Stress can also accompany positive changes, such as starting a new job.Problems at home or at work.Worrying about

  4. Open-Joint Arthroplasty for Temporomandibular Disorders

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

  5. Temporomandibular Disorders: Biofeedback - Topic Overview

    You can use biofeedback to help reduce temporomandibular (TM) disorder -related muscle tension. Biofeedback uses equipment that monitors muscle tension or skin temperature. Electrodes,which detect electrical current produced by muscle contraction,are placed on jaw muscles. If you clench your teeth or have poor posture,the biofeedback machine produces a signal,such as an upward-pointing ...

  6. Understanding Strep Throat -- Prevention

    Read about strep throat prevention.

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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,...

  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: Dental Splints - Topic Overview

    Dental treatment is sometimes used to treat temporomandibular (TM) disorders. Splints (bite plates,mouth guards),which are custom-made by a dentist,fit between the upper and lower teeth. They may be used for short periods of time to ease muscle tension and stabilize the jaw. Splints are worn mostly at night,because people tend to clench or grind their teeth during sleep. In cases of disc ...

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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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