Your Bite Can Affect Posture, Hip Joints And More!

While the eyes are said to be the “window of the soul,” the mouth is credited for being the “window to the body.” And, rightly so. So much in our overall health originates in the mouth. While speech and the digestion process are commonly known to begin in the mouth, misaligned teeth can be sources of surprising ordeals.

When upper and lower teeth are not in proper position (from crooked teeth, over or under bites, chipped or missing teeth, ill-fitting bridges, etc.) a wide range of health problems can occur. These include insomnia, dizziness, headaches, ear aches, facial and neck pain, jaw clicks, chewing discomfort and lead to problems with posture, joint pain and low back pain.

Simply stated, misaligned teeth will cause your jaw joint to be misaligned. Because the jaw joint is the highest joint in the human skeletal system, bite misalignment creates a domino effect that impacts other joints in the body.

An improperly fitted bite means your teeth do not work harmoniously when chewing. The muscles of the jaw and face and jaw joints have to work harder as they adjust for misaligned teeth. This strain adds stress on the jaw joint, which sets off muscle tension and joint stress throughout the body.

Obvious symptoms of temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) are mild to severe jaw joint pain, jaw clicking and difficulty opening the mouth fully. Worn or chipped teeth and complications with prior dental work like bridges or crowns can be from misaligned teeth.

Insomnia and clenching or grinding teeth during sleep can also be caused from misaligned teeth. Tensing jaw muscles lead to muscle tension throughout the body while sleeping. Ear aches or dizziness can also be the result of jaw joint misalignment while headaches, facial pain and neck pain are often from overworked jaw muscles. The stress on these muscle can then lead to posture problems as well as aching lower back muscles and problems with hip and leg joints.

A misaligned bite is most successfully treated through specialized skills in Neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry offers pain relief without surgery, without invasive procedures, and from other health problems caused by misaligned teeth. Through bite adjustments, we’ve been able to relieve decades of health problems for many patients, often with simple measures.

Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange a no-cost consultation so we can discuss your symptoms and determine if bite problems are the source.

How A Healthy Mouth Impacts Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disabling condition that can lead to long-term joint damage, persistent pain and loss of function. Studies now show that adults with RA have a higher incidence of periodontal (gum) disease.

Although RA symptoms can affect manual dexterity, which can make tending to oral hygiene more difficult, research shows that other factors may play a role as well.
An extensive study concluded that RA patients are nearly 8 times more likely to have periodontal disease.

While the results showed that oral hygiene played a significant role, a recent study’s results suggest that rheumatoid arthritis is associated with periodontal disease. Because RA and gum disease are both systemic inflammatory disorders, inflammation seems to be the biological mechanism that links the two diseases.

If you have RA or know someone who does, it is important to receive regular dental check-ups and cleanings. If RA runs in your family, be ultra-committed to achieving and maintaining good oral health. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange an appointment. New patients are always welcome and comfort is always a priority!

Have Fresh Breath For Holiday Closeness!

Being in close conversations with family, friends or co-workers can quickly become an uneasy situation if bad breath comes between you. For those of us who’ve encountered someone with bad breath, we tend to associate that person with their breath odor from then on. While chewing gum in social settings doesn’t make for a polished impression, bad breath makes a worse one. Fortunately, you can have breath fresh without needing gum as a crutch.

For positive impressions as you celebrate this holiday season, keep your mouth as bacteria-free as possible. This requires a daily regimen of brushing (at least twice – in the morning and before bedtime) and flossing between teeth. Also, a tremendous amount of bacteria are embedded in the grooves of the tongue. When brushing, finish up by brushing the tongue or use a tongue scraper.

Be committed to your six-month dental check-ups and cleanings, which rid your mouth of bacteria accumulation since your last visit. If you are not maintaining those visits regularly, schedule one. This will help you achieve a ‘clean slate,’ so having fresh breath and a healthy smile are easier to maintain.

It is also helpful to limit beverages containing alcohol, which is drying to the mouth. Certain medications, age, or particular foods and beverages can also cause dry mouth. Drink plenty of water. If you take medications that are drying, ask your doctor if there are alternatives. Decrease your intake of caffeine and spicy foods as well. Smoking is horribly drying to oral tissues. If you smoke, this is yet another reason to give it up.

Enjoy the holidays with close conversations and hugs, leaving an impression that makes others smile! Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to schedule a free consultation or an exam appointment. We’ll be happy to help you enjoy a holiday in a “fresh” way!

Modern Techniques Make Repairing A Gummy Smile Quick, Comfortable

For those who have a gummy smile, when in a full smile, excess gum tissue is visible above the upper teeth. Not only does this detract from the beauty of a smile, it causes many people to ‘hold back’ when they smile.

While a healthy smile is nothing to conceal, I understand that one’s smile is plays a major part in appearance as well as self-confidence. It’s important to have a healthy smile and one that we feel good about sharing. Now, modern techniques and technology make repairing a gummy smile a process that requires minimal treatment time, is more comfortable, and heals at a faster pace.

Gum contouring is performed using gingivectomy (jen-juh-vect-ah me), or gum lift. This is where excess gum tissue around the teeth is removed. After numbing the gums, we use a laser to trim excess tissue, which minimizes bleeding and speeds recovery.

After the procedure, there may be tenderness or swelling. Most discomfort is managed with over-the-counter medications but prescription strength forms are made available. In healing, every individual is different. Some take a few days to heal while others need a couple of weeks. For those who smoke, this lengthens the duration of healing time.

Most gum lifts are followed by crown lengthening to enhance the appearance of front teeth after excess tissue is removed. This result is a smile that has a beautiful, even line.

If you have a gummy smile or know someone who would like more information, begin with a Free Consultation to discuss a gum lift and subsequent crown lengthening. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to schedule.