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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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Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea a Serious Danger

According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology titled "Increased Prevalence of Sleep-disordered Breathing in Adults," 5.9 million American adults have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but 23.5 million remain undiagnosed.

Sleep apnea has made headlines in recent years, bringing awareness to the dangers of the condition. For example, when actress Carrie Fisher died last year, sleep apnea was listed as one of the leading causes of death.

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Could Glass Toothpaste Help Repair Damaged Teeth?

A research team from Queen Mary University in London have developed a new "bioactive" glass designed to help repair decaying teeth. The glass dissolves quickly to form chemicals that mimic tooth minerals to help restore the damaged teeth. The toothpaste has already been launched by the university's company, BioMin Technologies Ltd., under the name BioMinC. Last year, the team developed a fluoride-containing glass toothpaste called BioMinF. The new product, BioMinC, uses chloride-containing glass as an alternative for those who choose to forego fluoride toothpaste or for those in areas where the water is already fluoridated.

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How to Brush With Braces

For anyone new to braces, learning how to care for your teeth and the wires being used to shape them can seem like a confusing, complicated process. In many ways, brushing your teeth after you’ve had braces put on is very similar to the routine you likely had before braces. However, there are a few things to consider.

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Tips to Stop Nail Biting

Nail biting is one of the hardest bad habits to break. If you’ve ever tried, you know just how true that is. What you may not know is just how bad chewing or biting your nails can be for your teeth.

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How is Functional Orthopedic Orthodontics Different?

Deciding to undergo a treatment plan to straighten teeth, whether for cosmetic reasons or for functionality, can be daunting. There are many niches within the field of orthodontics, and it can be a challenge to evaluate them all before making a decision.

The American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics reports that orthodontics has been around for more than 2,000 years. In fact, archaeologists have discovered the remains of ancient people with bands wrapped around teeth in what they believe was some of the earliest examples of orthodontic treatment.

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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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Sleep Apnea Treatment Could Help Delay Onset of Age-Related Diseases

Sleep apnea affects over 100 million people worldwide, and many researchers believe the disorder is still largely undiagnosed. Two of the most well-known and common risk factors are obesity and advanced age. Researchers in Portugal published an article in the medical journal Trends in Molecular Medicine expressing their concern that as human life expectancy continues to increase, the need for delaying or stopping the onset of age-related diseases becomes more important than ever. The research team believes that sleep apnea is connected to the onset of some of the most concerning age-related diseases.

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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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5 Myths About Sleep Apnea

Word of mouth can be a powerful thing. However, when it comes to passing along information that isn't true, it can be frustrating and at times downright dangerous. Sleep apnea is a serious condition and if not diagnosed can lead to a host of problems. One of the reasons Dr. Buck is so passionate about caring for patients with sleep apnea is the many myths that surround the disorder. Here are five myths about sleep apnea you should know about:

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Finding New Ways to Diagnose Sleep Apnea

For many couples, nighttime can be stressful because of a snoring spouse. It may seem like just an annoying habit, but snoring can be a sign of something more serious, such as sleep apnea. If that's the case, it could be time to seek professional treatment.

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Are Cavities Contagious?

We all dread cold and flu season, when every cough or sneeze from a neighbor could spell disaster for not only ourselves, but also the whole family. But who would have thought that sharing food and drinks or swapping spit in a kiss would also leave us more at risk for cavities?  

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Could This Medication Help Treat Sleep Apnea?

According to a new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University, researchers believe they have discovered a drug that could lower the frequency of apneic episodes in patients with sleep apnea. The medication, dronabinol, is currently used to help chemotherapy patients deal with nausea and vomiting during treatments.  

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Sleep Apnea Linked to Memory and Attention Problems

New research published recently in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society shows a newly discovered link between sleep-breathing disorders such as sleep apnea and problems with memory and paying attention.  

The study looked at 1,700 adults using technology in their home environment to measures things like oxygen levels and other functions during sleep. Researchers determined that those with less than 90 percent oxygen saturation levels, which is a clear marker for sleep apnea, scored much lower on memory and attention tests. Researchers believe the lack of oxygen can damage blood vessels in the brain and cause inflammation that can result in nerve cell loss and lead to cognitive problems. 

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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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Marijuana Causes Dry Mouth: Why it Matters

As the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and in some states recreational purposes, becomes more widespread, it’s important to look into one of the most well-known side effects of its use. Dry mouth, or xerostoma in the medical and dental community, occurs for many reasons. It can be a side effect of medication, a medical condition or the result of using marijuana.

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New Study Shows Link Between Feelings of Purpose in Life and Better Sleep

 New research from a study conducted at Northwestern University in Chicago has found that a sense of purpose in life could help people sleep better. The study looked at over 800 people ages 60 to 100. Question about sleep quality and motivations in life were the core focus of the study and the researchers discovered that those who felt their lives had more meaning were actually less likely to have sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome along with a higher quality of sleep overall. The new study was published in the journal of Sleep Science and Practice.

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Walks on the Beach May Help Improve Dental Anxiety

 Most people dread going to the dentist for even the most common treatments, but what if you could transport yourself to another world during the procedure? Researchers at the University of Plymouth set out to discover if using virtual reality in a dental setting could help improve patient experience and their findings were very interesting.

The study separated participants into three groups. The first group, the control group, received their dental treatments as usual with no distractions or interventions. The second group used a virtual reality headset to stroll through the streets of a random city during their procedure. The third group wore the virtual reality headsets and walked along a beach in Devon, England.

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For Some Couples it Feels Like Snoring Should be Grounds for Divorce

It’s a gold mine for comedic material, especially when it comes to sitcoms, but for the spouses of those who snore, it’s no laughing matter. Snoring is not only a concern for the one doing it, but for anyone else trying to get a good night’s sleep in the same room, it can be a big concern as well.

Most spouses will tell you they’ve tried every over-the-counter remedy they could find. They’ve tried nasal strips, nose plugs, wristbands, chin straps, you name it. They’ve tried hitting them with a pillow, wearing ear plugs, propping them up on 4 pillows until they fall over and even nudging (possibly kicking) them every time they snore.

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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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