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Dealing With a Misaligned Jaw

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​ The temporomandibular joint is a ball and socket joint that's put to work whenever we talk, breathe, eat and drink. It helps to move the jaw around without causing pain, inflammation or any of those symptoms that come with TMJ disorders. As it turns out, the daily wear and tear the TMJ experiences makes it more susceptible to inflammation and mis...
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Can TMJD Go Away on Its Own?

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​ Some 10 million Americans are believed to be affected by temporomandibular joint disorder , or TMJDs. TMJD symptoms commonly include pain or tenderness of the jaw, pain in both or either of the temporomandibular joints, pain in or around the ear, pain or difficulty with chewing, and locked joints that may make opening or closing the mouth difficu...
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4 Little-Known Symptoms

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​ For most people, the first things that come to mind at the mention of a temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorder are the common symptoms: jaw pain, clicking and popping, and difficulty chewing. As it turns out, TMJ symptoms are not restricted to just these few, and some of the lesser-known symptoms may actually seem unrelated. Because of this, T...
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6 Tips to Make the Most of TMJ Treatments

​ Tempormandibular joint, or TMJ, disorder usually causes a lot of pain and discomfort in the jaw and surrounding areas. We'll help you get to the root of this problem and help you find some relief from your TMJ symptoms in no time. However, there are a few tips you may want to consider to help you help yourself. These six valuable tips can help yo...
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Why More Women Are Seeking This Treatment Than Men

​ You had probably never heard a thing about temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorder until your dentist told you it's the reason behind those headaches, muscle pain and the popping sounds you hear when you close or open your mouth. In the United States alone, more than 10 million people suffer from TMJ, and women account for over 90 percent of th...
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3 Million People Every Year?!

​ Over 3 million people in the United States are diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorders each year. This joint is located on each side of the jaw, connecting it to the skull via a sliding hinge-type joint. What Is TMJ Disorder? This complex joint can become inflamed and damaged for a variety of reasons. This can be extremely painful and ma...
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What Is Malocclusion?

You may have heard the word before at your dentist, but have you ever wondered what malocclusion actually is? The word malocclusion means "bad bite," and it refers to the way the teeth and jaw fit together when the mouth is closed. If things don't fit correctly, this is considered malocclusion. It can lead to pain in the jaw, teeth, ears, head and ...
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Jaw Surgery Is Usually NOT the Answer

Our jaws are one of the most complicated moving parts in our bodies. There is cartilage, bone, muscle and even nerves that all play a role in how the jaw functions on a day-to-day basis. When there's a problem with any part of the jaw, it can cause pain that can even show up in the ears, head, face, neck and shoulders. Unfortunately, many doctors a...
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Bad Habits That Cause Jaw Pain and How to Stop Doing Them

We all have habits in our life we know aren’t good for us, but when they begin to cause us actual pain, it’s time to do something about it. For those who suffer from untreated TMJ disorder, jaw pain is a regular part of life. Read on to learn about habits that can make the pain worse and cause more problems for your jaw. 

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Understanding Jaw Pain

Chronic and even occasional facial and jaw pain can be frustrating, especially if you aren’t sure what’s causing it. The jaw joint is one you use more often than many of the other joints in the body. It can affect eating, speaking and even breathing. In most cases, jaw pain is a sign of a dental problem, but in more extreme situations, it can signal a heart attack, especially in women.

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Neuromuscular Dentistry: A Balanced Approach

We often don’t realize how valuable something is to us until it becomes painful or difficult to use. This is especially true when it comes to our mouths, since they’re responsible for so much of our day-to-day life including chewing, swallowing, speaking, yawning, singing and even kissing. If even one part of the highly complex oral and maxillofacial (the jaws and face) area is compromised, it can cause pain or discomfort every time a simple action such as yawning or chewing is attempted. This is precisely where a neuromuscular dentist like Dr. Buck makes all the difference by taking a balanced approach.

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3 Types of TMJ Exercises to Help Relieve Pain

Living with TMJ disorder can be painful, but relying on pain medication to manage the discomfort can be dangerous and interfere with your daily life. Here are a few exercises to help ease the pain and avoid taking medications that can be addicting and lead to unpleasant side effects.

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How Posture Affects Oral Health

Posture is a cause for concern for many in the medical field as people spend more and more time looking down at mobile devices, hunched over laptops or sitting at computers at work day after day. Medical professionals agree that poor posture can put a strain on the entire body, but many people are surprised to find out it can also have a negative effect on their smile.

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Chronic Migraines Linked to TMJ Disorder

Researchers from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil have discovered that patients suffering from chronic migraine attacks more than 15 days a month are three times more likely to have severe TMJ disorder symptoms than patients with only episodic migraines.

"It makes sense when you think about basic anatomy," said Dr. David Buck, DDS, an innovative orthodontist who treats both TMJ disorders and migraine conditions in his Lynwood, Washington, practice.

"The temporomandibular joint is located on each side of the face, just in front of the ear," he said. "You can feel it by placing your hands there and opening and closing your mouth. This joint connects the jaw to the skull, so anything that causes pain in the jaw could easily radiate upward and cause headaches or migraines."

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Can Bad Habits Cause Malocclusion?

The most basic definition of malocclusion is "the misalignment of the jaw." This common disorder affects people of all ages. The Mayo Clinic estimates more than 200,000 cases are diagnosed every year in the United States alone.

Some of the most common complications associated with malocclusion are crowded teeth, cross bite, overbite, under bite and an open bite, according to Healthline. Symptoms caused by the misalignment of the jaw include frequent biting of the tongue or cheeks; discomfort or difficulty when chewing, biting, speaking or yawning; and the feeling that your teeth don’t line up correctly.

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TMJ Pain Often Traced to Faulty Dental Care

If you’ve ever experienced chronic jaw pain that led you to seek medical treatment, you were more than likely diagnosed with a TMJ disorder. Sadly, many of the patients Dr. Buck treats for TMJ-related pain often can trace back the history of this disorder to faulty dental care in the past.

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Are Braces to Blame for TMJ Disorders?

You may have considered braces or other orthodontic therapy for yourself or for your kids, but have you ever thought about how orthodontics may be related to jaw problems such as TMJ? Dr. Buck firmly believes that traditional orthodontic treatments can cause or worsen TMJ problems. That’s not to say in every single case this occurs, but it’s something to take seriously when considering braces and other orthodontic therapy.

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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.

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Brace Yourself: How Traditional Orthodontics Can Lead to TMJ and Jaw Pain

If you’re one of the roughly 10 million Americans that suffers from temporomandibular joint disorder and you’ve had braces, your jaw pain could be a result of your past orthodontic treatment. Temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, causes chronic pain and dysfunction in the jaw joints and muscles that control jaw movement. The condition can be caused by a number of things including facial trauma, stress or teeth grinding. However, few people think to make the connection between TMJ pain and braces. As a neuromuscular dentist who specializes in treating TMJ, Dr. Buck routinely sees patients whose TMJ pain is a direct result of wearing braces.

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A Royal Pain: How and Why Chronic Pain Affects Women Greater than Men

A recent study conducted by Georgia State University found that women experienced higher incidences of chronic, inflammatory pain than men and that pain medications like morphine are thereby a less effective pain management tool. According to the Institute of Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain, with women compromising the bulk of that. The American Chronic Pain Association defines chronic pain as an "ongoing or recurrent pain, lasting beyond the usual course of acute illness or injury or more than 3 to 6 months, and which adversely affects the individual’s well-being." [1] For many women, chronic pain can present in a variety of ways including fibromyalgia, arthritis, headaches and even temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ. The Georgia State University Study sheds new light on how women are suffering substantially more than their male counterparts and why that just might be.

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DR. BUCK'S PHILOSOPHY

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​
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