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The Connection Between TMD and Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

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For some people, when it comes to pain, it doesn’t rain but pours. They don’t just have pain in one place; it’s in multiple places on the body. And it’s constant. In recent years, doctors have discovered that many pain conditions are linked. In fact, researchers now label these conditions as “chronic overlapping pain conditions”…

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5 Best Stretches to Alleviate Pain From Tension Headaches

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No one is immune from tension headaches. They come on due to stress, poor posture, lack of sleep or exercise. And they can make it hard, if not impossible, to be productive during the day. If you experience tension headaches regularly, and struggle with relaxation and stress relief, sometimes basic stretches can alleviate the pain.…

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Migraine Myth Busters – 3 Things You Should Know Before Your Next Attack

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If you don’t get migraine attacks, chances are you know someone who does (more than 10 percent of the U.S. population experiences them) and have struggled to find the right words to provide comfort. Giving support, however, to someone who is in a great deal of pain from a condition you may not understand is challenging.…

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Monitoring Your TMJ Disorder With Your Smartphone is in the Future

Diagnosing and treating a TMJ disorder can be a challenge. But, thanks to modern dental technology and scientific tools, I can assess the state of your jaw, including its motion, function, and activity of the muscles around it. But imagine if we could one day monitor how well our TMJ is functioning with our smartphone?…

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FAQ: Do I Need a Different Toothbrush if I Have a TMJ Disorder?

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Pain from a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) can make daily tasks a challenge. Even brushing and flossing teeth can be difficult if it hurts to open your mouth wide. Reaching the back teeth with a toothbrush may not be an easy feat either. With TMD, sometimes choosing the right toothbrush can make a difference in your…

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[VIDEO] Is Your Bite Off? This Technology Will Tell You Instantly

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In my TMJ practice, I see patients every days who have classic symptoms of TMD: painful TM joints, painful muscles of mastication, limited opening, clicking joints,  headaches and migraines. To diagnosis and confirm TMD cases, our exams involve joint imaging, joint vibration analysis (JVA by Bioresearch), and T-scan occlusal analysis. Interestingly I’ve found that more…

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Bullying Can Lead to Teeth Grinding in Children

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There are several different signs that indicate a child is being bullied, but did you know that one of those signs is teeth grinding? Research shows that as many as 160,000 children skip school regularly because they’re afraid of being bullied. Among internal stress and anxiety, another unnoticeable sign of this type of trauma is…

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Why a Dental Problem May Be Causing Your Nagging Headaches

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It may have never occurred to you, but those nagging headaches you’ve been getting recently could be directly linked to a dental problem. In fact, many headaches are caused by problems that only a dentist can treat. Even just a cavity or a minor infection can trigger a headache. But, usually tension headaches are commonly…

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Is Lockjaw Considered a Dental Emergency?

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Lockjaw happens when muscle spasms cause the jaw to remain tightly closed. Any attempt to open the jaw is very painful. When lockjaw is a complication of tetanus, it can take weeks or even months for the condition to clear. When it is related to TMJ or another oral health issue, it will recur until you…

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Study: Children’s Headaches Rarely Indicate a Need for Eyeglasses

If your child gets recurring headaches and you think they might need glasses, you may be dead wrong. A study says children’s headaches are rarely triggered by vision problems. Researchers say they have the first clear evidence that vision or eye problems are rarely the cause of recurring headaches in children, even if the headaches…

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