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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Did you know your jaw can affect your posture? The top two vertebrae are the only two vertebrae without 3 points of contact. Their "third point of contact" is the teeth. So if your jaw is underdeveloped or misaligned it could be throwing off your entire posture. This condition is known as forward head posture (FHP) and may be caused by temporomandi...
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Posture and Oral Health

Our bodies are more connected than we realize. For example, did you know that a malocclusion (misalignment of the jaw) can affect your total body posture? We don't often think about how even slight dysfunction can cause problems in the rest of our body as it tries to compensate.Doctors tell us that most diseases our bodies can generate over time ar...
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After Effects

Jaw pain and soreness can be caused by a number of different things, one of those being a traumatic injury to the face. When trauma occurs, it can result in a range of dental problems, including the complex jaw, muscle and nerve condition called temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJD or TMD. Many types of blunt trauma to the jaw can c...
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The Root Cause

Did you know that temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJD, is often referred to as "the great imposter"? It has earned this moniker because many of its symptoms seem to be entirely unrelated to your bite. These symptoms include things like Meniere's disease, tinnitus, headaches, neck pain and unexplained ear pain. Another symptom of TMJD that ...
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The Dangers of Untreated TMJ Dysfunction

​Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMD or TMJD, is a term used to describe a group of jaw conditions that cause a range of painful symptoms, including headaches; facial pain; jaw pain; sore, chipped, broken or worn teeth; clicking or popping in the jaw; and limited jaw movement. TMJ dysfunction affects an estimated 10 million Ameri...
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TMJD Trigger

​You wore braces, and your teeth look perfect. You don't have bad oral habits, such as chewing on pen caps or biting your nails. You don't even grind or clench your teeth during sleep. You've never had a jaw injury. So, why do you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction? Your painful TMJD could be caused by something you may not even be aware of: ...
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RA or TMD?

Around 1.5 million Americans are living with a painful autoimmune condition known as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is the result of immune system attacks on the body's joints, which causes inflammation, pain, stiffness and even loss of use in some instances.RA can affect all the joints of the body - including the jaw."The joints of the jaw are affe...
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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 make ...
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Correcting Mouth Breathing Can Help Children Avoid Braces

​Is there evidence your child is not breathing correctly? This can start as early as 4 to 6 years old. Is your child not sleeping well, or is he snoring? This is a sign there is a problem with the airway, which means there will be a change or problem with the growth and development of the face.Children who undergo growth treatment with Dr. Buck aro...
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Treating Children During Their Growing Years

When it comes to our children, we always want to do what's best for them, but sometimes it's genuinely hard to know what exactly that is. This is especially true when it comes to their health and development. With so many conflicting philosophies and advice from different books, experts and even television shows, it's frustrating to say the least.A...
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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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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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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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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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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.

Please visit this site for more information; Airway Health

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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