Dental Care Advice

Don't Forget To Brush Your Teeth!

Francesco D'Aiuto, Senior Lecturer at Eastman Dental Institute in London, in a recent column by Leigh Weingus, Healthy Living Writer at The Huffington Post, talks about how important brushing your teeth twice a day is. "The mouth is not disconnected from the rest of the body," he explained. A healthy body is strongly correlated with good dental hygiene. Read More.

Temporomandibular Disorder

Do you suffer from facial and neck pain and recurring headaches? In some cases this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD.

Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain in the jaw area
  • Frequent headaches
  • A change in the bite
  • Locked jaw or limited opening
  • Pain, ringing, or stuffiness

There are steps you can take at home to prevent or minimize TMD:

  • Remember the rule:
    "LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART,
    FROM THIS WE DO NOT DEPART"
  • Avoid grinding teeth
  • Use a headset for your phone, don't cradle phone by your ear
  • Practice good posture-- head up, back straight and shoulders squared.

Do you use a cover or case for your toothbrush?

​Covering your toothbrush or storing it in a container actually encourages bacteria to flourish, more so than they would left out in the open in your bathroom, says the American Dental Association. The best bet is to thoroughly rinse your brush, keep your bathroom clean and change your brush routinely!

Toothbrushes

Dr. LaRue has earned a fellowship in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. We can make a splint here at our on-site dental laboratory to help with Temporomandibular Disorder.