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4 Ways to Protect Your Jaw Health

Keeping your jaw strong and healthy is probably not something you’re always mindful of. In fact, we often take our jaws for granted, using their strength to pry open packages and chomp away on tough treats, like beef jerky. But keeping our jaws healthy is important, especially as we age. Here are 4 tips to keep your jaw in tip top shape.

Tip # 1: Regularly practice jaw stretches

Every day, take a few minutes to stretch your jaw and jaw muscles. A few simple stretches will help keep the jaw joints and muscles lubricated and functioning properly.

Tip #2: Don’t overwork your jaw

As we mentioned before, we push our jaws to the brink my using them for just about everything. Don’t use your teeth and jaws to open packages, and avoid eating too many chewy foods, like beef jerky or hard foods.

Tip #3: Invest in a Mouth Guard

If you suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding, getting a mouth guard will help protect both your teeth and your jaw while you sleep at night. Because bruxism can cause serve tooth and jaw damage if left untreated, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist to be professionally fitted for a mouth guard.

Tip #4: Schedule Regular Visits with Your Dentist

Oral health goes hand in hand with jaw health and visiting your dentist twice a year is a great way to be proactive and catch potential issues before they become serious. Your dentist is more likely to notice a problem long before it becomes too serious to treat. Regular visits are also a great opportunity for your dentist to screen for oral cancer.

If you suffer from bruxism or TMJ disorder, Dr. Buck can help. These conditions can quickly worsen if left untreated. Call our office today at 206-316-8286 to schedule your consultation!

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