My first lockjaw episode sent me to the ER in a panic. Not being able to open my jaw made me claustrophobic and anxious. The only recommendation from the hospital was to take ibuprofen, use a warm towel compress, and an ENT referral.
Crooked teeth are harder to clean, making them more susceptible to dental cavities and gum disease. Misaligned teeth can also wear down faster, leading to broken teeth, crowns, loose teeth, sore teeth and the list goes on. Misaligned teeth are often a sign of more significant problems like TMJ dysfunction, bad posture, and an inadequate airway.
Unobstructed nasal breathing is the number-one key to a person’s quality of life. Human beings are naturally nasal breathers. Mouth breathing usually begins in response to an airway obstruction such as allergies, illness, enlarged tonsils, and adenoids, or a deviated septum. Mouth breathing can also become a habit that remains once the obstruction is eliminated. Normal facial development is reliant upon proper nasal breathing.
20 billion. Let that sink in for a second. Americans are buzzed with a sugar addiction. Research shows that we get on average about 13% of our daily calories from added processed sugars — the amount equal to a can of soda. This alarming fact excludes naturally occurring sugars that come from foods such as apples or milk.
It may be no surprise that a dental hygiene cleaning and continuing care is good for your mouth. Did you know that your hygienist does more than “just” a cleaning? October is National Hygiene Month and here are 10 things that you might not be aware of during your appointment with Jyssica, your Springfield, MO dental hygienist.
Take a moment and picture your teeth like piano keys placed in many wacky positions. For example, some protrude forward, others sink in backward. Some even overlap. You notice that the piano keys have not been cleaned in a while because of the nice layer of dust on top. You grab a duster and clean them. Once finished, you notice dust still remaining in the crevices. You may even notice there are some areas that look impossible to reach. This analogy is like malocclusion.
Let’s admit it. You have shared a spoon with your child or drank from a friend's cup. Maybe you kissed a pet or brushed with a partner's toothbrush. Seems innocent . . . right? But, what if we looked at these innocent actions through a microscope, what do you think we might find? The answer . . . is a lot of bacteria. Studies have shown that a single kiss with your partner can send up to 80 million bacteria. Gross! So, have you ever wondered if you could catch gum disease from someone you know?
Healthy gums do not bleed or hurt at all. So, the presence of ANY bleeding, swelling or pain in the gums indicates the presence of some form of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to bone loss, mobile teeth, or even loss of teeth. In the pregnant woman, gum disease can have even more severe consequences.
It's a joke among dentists that they often practice on roller skates. If you asked any patient about this, they might look at you funny, but then when given time to think, be able to relay a story about sitting in the dental chair for 2 hours just to get a simple filling done. They will tell you about how the dentist was only in the room for about 20 minutes and might not have even introduced themselves. They will also tell you about how many times the dentist had to get up to go do something with another patient. Sound familiar? There is a more personalized, better way.
Your teeth can be placed in their ideal position so they are easier to clean. Cleaner and straighter teeth will lower your risk of gum disease and associated illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Invisalign clear aligner therapy provides more than just a great smile, it can make your smile healthier, too! And it is more affordable than you think!
At Springfield Smile Doctor, office of Randi Green D.M.D., we understand that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body. We have evolved from being just a dental office into the role of oral health specialist. We take your entire health seriously, so at every visit, we perform 5 comprehensive screenings to make sure we are looking at your entire health, not just your teeth and gums.
Neuromuscular dentistry uses the relaxed physiologic position of the head and neck muscles to place the jaw in its optimal position. This optimal position often does not correspond to the position in which the teeth fit together. By addressing this discrepancy, years of pain and suffering can be alleviated.
Do you look at yourself and see that your teeth are shorter than they once were? Do you ever experience an annoying ringing in your ears? Or worse yet, do you constantly suffer from stress headaches? If so, you may be experiencing some of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, more commonly known as TMD. The temporomandibular joint is commonly known as the jaw joint or TMJ. It is a very complex structure that is located in an intricate area of bones that works in harmony with many areas of the body which all can be affected when it is not functioning properly.
Do you ever wish that your smile could be completely made over? Stop wishing and start considering veneers. Our veneers are perfect for anyone who thinks their smile could use a bit more dazzle. Many cosmetic problems can be solved with a set of veneers and you can get these right here in Springfield, Missouri. At your appointment, we will explain what they are and who can benefit from the use of veneers.
Are you an adult with less than perfect teeth? Do you want to fix this unsightly problem but cannot stand the thought of wearing metal braces for months? Being seen with wires in your mouth is unflattering enough in grade school at a time when many other kids have them too. For adults who want a beautiful smile without the hassle of unappealing metal braces the Springfield Smile Doctor cosmetic dental office provides the convenience of Invisalign & Invisalign Teen.
Migraine and tension headaches are a health problem that seems to be more and more common. There are many factors that contribute to headaches and people often search far and wide for a solution. Often, people attribute their issues to allergies, vision problems, stress, or even neurological problems. Even when all of these issues are ruled out, many people still suffer from persistent headaches with no source of relief.
The use of mercury fillings in dentistry is a very hot, controversial topic, and every dentist has his or her own views. There are people who want their amalgams removed because they feel the mercury is making them sick. Metal-mercury fillings are even banned in other countries. However, the American Dental Association still states that for dentistry, amalgams are safe.