TMJ: Is Yours Causing You Pain?

The temporomandibular joint, often called the TMJ, is the joint that connects your jawbone to your jaw. Some people have pain in the area that can be related to the joint itself. These types of issues can be caused by arthritis, jaw injuries, years of clenching and grinding, or unknown causes. Read on to find out if the discomfort you’re experiencing …

Are You At Risk for Developing Oral Cancer?

Cancer: The word strikes fear into the hearts of many, and with good reason. Most people know someone who has been affected by this insidious group of diseases. One type of cancer that can be detected by your dentist is oral cancer. This can include cancer of the face, neck, sinuses, throat, gums, lips, or cheeks. You might not realize it, but a cancer …

Problems With Your Tongue

Your tongue is responsible for a lot of functions in your mouth, but chances are good that you really don’t think about it… until it’s giving you a problem, that is! We tend to take it for granted that our tongues will help us speak, chew, and swallow. When it’s swollen, painful, or looking different than it usually does, however, …

Thumbsucking: What Parents Should Know

The majority of babies suck their thumbs, and most kids outgrow it at some point before they trek off to kindergarten. Some parents, however, find it annoying or worry that their children will permanently damage their teeth. The good news is that most of the time, thumbsucking is nothing to worry about. The bad news is that sometimes it can cause damage. …

Is Your Pain a Sinus Infection or a Toothache?

You’ve woken up to a throbbing feeling in your upper jaw, and you are pretty sure it’s a toothache… or a sinus infection. Should you make an appointment with your doctor or your dentist? Because the roots of the upper teeth are often close to the sinus, the origin of the pain can be confusing you and making you unsure of what’s …

Dental Emergency While Traveling: What Should You Do?

If you’re planning on traveling anytime soon, you may already have a list of things to do to prepare: Pack your clothes, check the weather, book your flights, figure out accommodations, refill prescriptions that you will need to take with you, and so on. Although it’s probably not the first thing on your mind, it’s also a good idea …

Medication and Your Oral Health

Did you know that the medications you take can impact your oral health? When your doctor prescribes you a medication, it’s because the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks of side effects. Sometimes, the side effects of certain medications can cause changes in your oral health. Take a look at these common symptoms and see if they could be caused …

Happy New Year Health Resolutions

With just a couple of weeks until the end of 2016, you might be thinking ahead to your new year’s resolutions. If you’re curious about how many people make such resolutions, you can check out Statistic Brain. Most telling, however, is that only 8 percent of people keep their first-of-the-year promises to themselves! Since a huge percentage …

For Women: Hormones and Dental Health

As a woman, you might have a lot of things blamed on hormones. While some of it is simply untrue, hormones can actually affect your dental care. Read on to find out how ovulation, your menstrual period, hormonal birth control, and pregnancy can take its toll on your oral health, as well as some suggestions on dealing with these issues, which half of …

Cancer Treatment and Your Oral Health

A cancer diagnosis is an overwhelming and scary experience to go through. In addition to battling the cancer, you also need to tackle side effects from the treatment, which can be difficult. If you or a loved one are going through cancer treatments, you might be surprised to learn how much they can affect your dental health. Here are some ways that …