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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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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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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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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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Feel No Pain: Treating TMJ Pain with Neuromuscular Dentistry

In the U.S., more than 10 million people suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, and most traditional treatment options can be invasive. TMJ-related pain can affect a patient’s day-to-day life. Patients frequently suffer from chronic headaches or migraines and jaw pain. Dr. Buck specializes in treating TMJ and uses a unique approach that patients are hard-pressed to find anywhere else. His methods are different and considerably less invasive than traditional treatments for TMJ, and that’s why he’s seeing more patients choosing to seek treatment at his office.

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Chronic Pain Bites the Dust: Correcting the Bite with Orthotic Therapy

For people who suffer from chronic pain and headaches that are symptomatic of TMJ, realigning and correcting the bite can make all the difference. TMJ patients generally suffer from a range of symptoms including chronic headaches or migraines, jaw pain, and tenderness, difficulty chewing, facial pain and locking of the temporomandibular joints. Yet, what many people don’t realize about the disorder is that a misaligned bite is almost always the root cause. With over 15 years of experience in treating TMJ patients, Dr. Buck’s unique treatment focuses on realigning the bite to relieve TMJ-related pain and symptoms.

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Up All Night? TMJ May be to Blame

If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep and can’t figure out why, temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, may be to blame. TMJ is a serious condition that is characterized by pain in the jaw joint and the muscles controlling jaw movement that can impact jaw mobility, and unbeknownst to many Americans, it could be the source of their sleep loss.  

 

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Wear Your Smile Well: Why a Properly Aligned Smile is Important

Whether you’re the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company, a public relations professional helping put your company’s best face forward or a barista at a local coffee shop, your smile matters. We may not like to admit it, but having crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can change the overall attractiveness of our smile. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so for many people, fixing dental issues becomes paramount, and Dr. Buck understands that. In fact, there are many ways that a misaligned bite or crooked teeth can impact our lives.

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Three Things that Make TMJ Worse...and One That Can Help

Living with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can be a serious pain, and certain habits can increase pain and discomfort. With so many people suffering from this sometimes debilitating disorder, it might come as a surprise that some of those people are doing more damage by exacerbating their symptoms. In his practice, Dr. Buck treats many patients with TMJ, and he’s quick to remind them to steer clear of several harmful habits that can make their pain worse.

TMJ can be a very painful condition, and it’s often made worse when patients don’t take the diagnosis as seriously as they should. Here are several things that can make TMJ symptoms worse and one that can help.

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Quick and Appropriate Treatment for COFP Patient Could Lead to Healthcare Savings

For people living with chronic orofacial pain, quick and appropriate treatment is paramount and can be cost-saving. According to a study conducted in the United Kingdom and published in the Journal of Dental Research, "screening patients with a well-established graded chronic pain scale could ensure that those most severely affected immediately receive specialist care -- saving money." [1] While these findings are specific to the UK and highlight disparities in treatment modalities within that part of the world, the results are still valid and may be used to better develop and improve the U.S.’s current system of care.

 

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Don't Misstep with a Misaligned Bite

A properly aligned smile is no doubt nice to look at, but the functionality and health behind it are what matters most. Crooked teeth or an uneven grin can do a number on your self-confidence, but it can also be detrimental. A misaligned bite can actually wreak havoc on your health.

A misaligned bite is also referred to as a dental malocclusion, which is the misalignment or improper positioning of the teeth and jaws that can affect the bite. If left untreated, it can lead to any of the following issues or conditions:

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As Easy as Apple Pie: A Quick Guide to Food Choices for TMJ Patients

For patients living with Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), the pleasure of eating a favorite meal can quickly become a distant memory. Because the pain associated with TMJ can often limit the kinds of foods patients can consume, eating can quickly become a painful burden. Patients must change their diet in an effort to alleviate their pain, and that diet is often limited in scope. Dr. Buck specializes in treating patients with TMJ by utilizing a neuromuscular and epigenetics approach to treatment modalities.Because TMJ affects the muscles and joints that are responsible for chewing, TMJ often causes patients to rethink their food choices. Those food choices often become contingent on the patient’s ability to open their mouth, chew or swallow. Many foods can be difficult and even impossible for patients with TMJ to consume as a result of the associated pain or discomfort. If you’re currently experiencing a painful TMJ flare-up, steer clear of these troublesome foods:

• Raw vegetables • Hard, chewy bread like baguettes, bagels or bread with nuts and seeds• Chips• Popcorn• Nuts• Steak or other chewy meats• Processed foods with refined sugar• Foods high in salicylates such as tomatoes, hot peppers, and olives. (Salicylates have been shown to aggravate TMJ symptoms for some people, especially those with an allergy or sensitivity to it.)

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Treating Migraines with Neuromuscular Dentistry

For people suffering from chronic migraines, neuromuscular dentistry may provide some much-needed relief. According to recent data from the Migraine Research Foundation, an estimated 38 million women, men and children suffer from migraines. Contrary to popular belief, a migraine isn’t just a really bad headache. In fact, it’s a serious neurological disease and is the third most prevalent illness in the world. Migraines are often painful and debilitating and can last anywhere between 4 and 72 hours, severely impacting a person’s everyday life. For most people, daily medication is the only way to manage the pain and attacks. But for some, medication doesn’t provide much, if any, relief. That’s why more and more people are turning to dentistry in the hopes of unlocking the key to migraine relief. But how exactly does dentistry play a role in treating migraines? As it turns out, a lesser known form of dentistry called neuromuscular dentistry is helping people suffering from migraines find relief without the use of pain medication.

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