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Head and Facial Pain Shown to Take an Emotional Toll on Patients

If you don’t suffer from frequent headaches or TMJ pain, it can be hard to understand what sufferers are going through. Head and facial pain may not seem like a major burden, but the truth is these people are seriously suffering. And it makes it worse when people — especially friends, family, and doctors —…

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Caffeine: How Many Servings Can Trigger a Migraine?

Most of us like a good cup of joe in the morning (or throughout the day) — but for people who suffer from migraines, there’s usually a limit on how much of the caffeinated beverage can be consumed. But how much caffeine is too much before a migraine is triggered? Harvard researchers recently set out…

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How Diabetes Can Affect the Health of Your Jaw

There are a 100-million Americans living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the CDC. Though the condition may seem unrelated to a problem like a TMJ disorder (or TMD), it’s actually closely connected. Here’s how. Diabetes, Inflammation, and TMD Diabetes is an inflammatory disease. If inflammation goes on too long, affecting all areas of the…

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Here’s Why Strong Scents Cause Headaches, Migraines… and More

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Avoid the urge to douse yourself in perfume or cologne — especially if you’re going to be around a group of people.Strong scents aren’t just annoying, they can cause real health problems. Symptoms from Strong Scent Products Out of a survey of 1,098 Australians, one-third of them reported experiencing one or more health issues as…

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Calming the Nervous System for Pain Control

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Traditionally, we know pain to be like an alarm system; a signal to get your attention, to motivate you to seek attention or treatment for whatever is causing it. In this sense, pain is serving a purpose — to keep you safe and alive. But what about chronic pain? According to the American Academy of…

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Mind Over Matter: The Power of the Placebo Effect

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Have you ever felt better just by placing a band-aid on a cut or scrape? Have you felt more felt more energized after taking a pill that is bright red? If so, you have experienced the placebo effect. What is the Placebo Effect and How Does it Work? A placebo is an inactive treatment that…

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What Sets a TMJ Headache Apart From a Common Headache?

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Pain from the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be easily mistaken for a common headache, mostly because the symptoms are so similar. But there are a few key differences that set TMJ headache apart from an everyday tension headache. TMJ Pain or Regular Headache? According to Mayo Clinic, pain radiating from the TMJ comes with: A…

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Ketone Supplements Shown to Cut Migraines by 50%

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New research is shedding light on ketone supplements which have shown to slash migraine attacks in half. What are Ketones? Ketones are produced naturally from the ketogenic diet or fasting. Your body breaks down fat and metabolizes it into ketones to use as an alternative fuel to glucose. It’s brain fuel. And it kills migraines.…

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The Difference Between a TMJ Night Guard and a Regular Mouth Guard

Not all mouth guards are created equal. From sports mouth guards to simple night guards and TMJ guards: they come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. If you have been considering getting a mouth guard, here’s a brief breakdown of a TMJ night guard versus a regular mouth guard. Simple Night Guard A…

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Halloween Candy to Avoid if You Have a TMJ Disorder

We know our patients, young and old, love Halloween. It’s fun to dress up in costume, attend spooky parties, and indulge in candy. Unfortunately, a lot of those fun activities can be cut short for people who suffer from TMJ pain. The good news? Halloween doesn’t have to be a tricky holiday for our TMJ…

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