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Untreated Malocclusion

Malocclusion, or the misalignment of a person's teeth when they shut their jaw, contributes to various health conditions or disorders. Without the proper treatment of a person's misalignment of their teeth, individuals can experience severe pain, temporomandibular joint disorder, disordered breathing, or even sleep apnea. Malocclusion, left untreat...
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The TMJ Gum Chewing Connection

Gum chewing is as common as tying shoelaces. However, chewing gum might not be as wonderful as one thinks. Gum has benefits, but it also has negative aspects. Chewing gum may cause health conditions as well as relieve stress. Before grabbing that next stick of chewing gum, one should understand the possible risks involved with gum.  Gum Chewin...
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​TMJ and Eliminating Migraines

For many individuals suffering from TMJD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, eliminating migraines might seem like a far-off dream, a dream that is more fantasy than reality. However, seeking treatment from a doctor specializing in neuromuscular dental practices can turn this dream into real life. More than 35 million Americans experience migrain...
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The Back of Your Nose and Migraines

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What if I told you that a cluster of nerves at the back of the nose might hold the key to severe headache relief? Would you be excited? Hesitant? In disbelief? The Sphenopalatine Ganglion A cluster of nerves exists at the back of the nose that is collectively known as the Sphenopalatine Ganglion. This nerve cluster works in coordination with the tr...
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Real Solutions for Your Migraines

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Do you ever start feeling tired, lethargic, or irritable unexpectedly, then go to sleep hoping you feel better in the morning just to start the next day off with an aura clouding your vision? Maybe you see a sparkling edge at the periphery of your field of sight or notice flashing or zig-zagging light beams shrouding your sight. If this has ever ha...
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The Missing Link

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Are you suffering through an array of symptoms and can't figure out what's causing them? If so, you're not alone, actually far from it. While it's possible for each of your symptoms to come from independent sources if you're experiencing a combination of certain ones it is usually a strong indication of a collective problem. Temporomandibular ...
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Celebrities, They’re Just Like Me, Right?

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If you struggle with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD), yes! TMJ is a group of symptoms including headaches; facial pain; jaw pain; sore, chipped, broken, or worn teeth, clicking or popping in the jaw, and limited jaw movement. Because there are a variety of other disorders that share these symptoms, it can be tough to diagnose. If you've ...
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This Drip Could Give You Your Swag Back

For those who suffer from migraines, any solution provided by your doctor seems worth a shot. If you have a history of migraines and have attempted to reduce them, you understand how complex and individual getting a solution can be. Most treatment options involve medications and some even involve needles - all come with side effects. What if there ...
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What is the Cause of Your Headaches?

Living with routine headaches can be incredibly difficult. Headaches and migraines for some can be a simple disturbance during their days, but for others, they can completely incapacitate the ability to perform regular daily activities. If you find that you experience regular headaches and migraines, it may be good to see your doctor to identify th...
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SPG Block for Headaches and Migraines: How Does it Work?

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​Nearly half of all Americans experience some forms of headaches, making it one of the most common disorders of the nervous system. As it turns out, migraines and headaches are also very prevalent among people suffering from temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorders. Sphenopalatine ganglion block, also known as SPG block, has emerged as one of the...
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Is It a Headache or a Migraine?

​When pain, aching or intense pressure in your head begins, it can be hard to determine if it's a migraine or a headache. Sometimes, severe headaches can be mistaken for migraines and migraines can be mistaken for a bad headache. Ask yourself these questions to determine which it is next time head pain strikes. Do you feel intense, pulsing or throb...
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New Study Links Migraines and Heart Disease

A new study from Denmark has found that migraine sufferers are more likely to develop cardiovascular problems such as heart attack, stroke, atrial fibrillation and blood clots. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, a weekly peer-reviewed publication and one of the world’s oldest medical journals, looked at a large subject base over an extended period of time.

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10 Signs It’s a Migraine

Is it a headache, a migraine or something else completely? These 10 signs may help you identify when a migraine is to blame for your discomfort or pain.

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New Study Shows SPG Block Effective for Migraine Relief

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Research from the Society of Interventional Radiology found that an SPG, or sphenopalatine ganglion, block significantly decreases headache pain scores in children who suffer from migraines. More than 300 treatments were conducted on 200 patients who ranged in age from 7 to 18 at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Using a 10-point scale to record pain, researchers found that after the SPG block was performed, pain scores were lowered by more than two points on average.

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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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SPG Block Helps Migraine Sufferers Find Relief

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines affect 38 million Americans and one billion people worldwide including men, women and children. It’s the third most common illness in the world and the sixth most disabling. In fact, every 10 seconds, someone in the United States visits the emergency room for head pain said Dr. David Buck, DDS, a neuromuscular dentist in Washington.

"Migraines are considered chronic when a patient experiences at least 15 a month over the course of three months," he said. "People who don’t suffer from these painful attacks have the tendency to brush them off as just bad headaches with little sympathy for the patient. But, 90 percent of migraine sufferers can’t function at all, let alone work, drive or socialize during a migraine."

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What's Eating You: How Diet Impacts Migraines

A 2016 study confirms that diet can directly impact the prevalence of migraines. The saying, "you are what you eat" could not be truer when discussing diet and migraines. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are a serious neurological disease affecting roughly 38 million Americans. It is the sixth most disabling illness in the world. Certain beverages, foods and food additives are known to trigger migraines and reducing or eliminating them completely can provide noticeable relief.

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Chronic Headaches? Your Mouth May be to Blame

An improper bite could be the root of chronic headaches and migraines. People blame their headaches on many things including stress, lack of sleep and even dehydration. Yet most people don’t realize chronic headaches may be the result of a misaligned bite. When Dr. Buck sees a patient experiencing chronic headaches, he first examines their bite. What he frequently finds is a misaligned bite, or malocclusion, triggers the headaches.

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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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Epigenetic Orthodontics

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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Airway Improvement

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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