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Linking TMJ and Sleep Apnea

A dual diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMJD) and sleep apnea is common. Many individuals that suffer from TMJ will also suffer from symptoms of sleep apnea. A study concluded that individuals who experience two or more sleep apnea symptoms at 73 percent more likely to have TMJ. TMJ and sleep apnea share many symptoms, and both co...
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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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Jaw Orthopedics and TMJ

When the jaw and teeth alignment is imperfect, an individual could suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders. According to Oxford Lexico, the definition of malocclusion is the "imperfect positioning of the teeth closing the jaw." The imperfect fit of the teeth can cause teeth clenching or grinding, tinnitus, headaches, muscle spasms, pain, or e...
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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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TMJ Doctor in Washington

Neuromuscular dentistry involves diagnosis and treatment of jaw misalignments, which include malocclusion and TMD/TMJ. Some estimates state that over 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ/TMD or temporomandibular disorder. That is quite a bit of the population experiencing pain from temporomandibular disorders or TMJ. Pain that inhibits an individua...
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Can Braces Cause TMJ?

For many, braces are a necessity in achieving their dental goals or correcting teeth or jaw issues. Malocclusion, or the imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed, is a significant contributor in individuals receiving orthodontic care. For those who require orthodontic treatment, a question they may ask themself is, "can braces ca...
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4 Common Myths About TMJ

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a term used to describe a group of symptoms ranging from headaches, facial pain, and jaw pain to clicking or popping in the jaw and limited jaw movement. Many people who suffer from TMJ experience chronic jaw, teeth, face, head, neck, shoulder, or back pain. Snoring, grinding of teeth, frequent ear infectio...
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The Jaw Epidemic and Its Implications for the TMJ

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Why are braces, retainers, and the need to have wisdom teeth pulled so commonplace? What did humans do before modern dentistry? A research study from Stanford University suggests that these problems are relatively new in our history. Researchers posit that the human jaw is shrinking, and it's not the result of genetics but of modern behavior and li...
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Why Are My Ears Ringing? Is it TMJ?

Hearing a constant ringing in your ears can be a jarring experience. Is something wrong with your eardrum? Are you losing your hearing? Is someone talking or gossiping about you? One possible explanation for this ringing in the ears is TMJ-induced tinnitus. What is Tinnitus? According to Mayo Clinic, "Tinnitus is when you experience ringing or othe...
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Things You Can Do to Check for TMJ

How does someone know if they have TMJ? It can be easy to read about symptoms and relate to them. So how can people who are concerned about potentially having a TMJ disorder decide if their concerns constitute a doctor visit? Things like headaches, jaw, neck, and back pain are common enough and don't necessarily have to share a common source, which...
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What Kind of TMJ Do You Have?

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Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called TMJ, are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement. The implications of being diagnosed with a TMJ disorder widely vary. Some patients report bouts of severe jaw pain, others report chronic neck and back pain, and for the...
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5 Helpful Tips to Ease TMJ Symptoms

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Living with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can be exhausting. The barrage of symptoms that typically accompany TMJ has the potential to be nightmarish for those who are suffering. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that TMJ is responsible for the symptoms they experience, and as a result, they don't seek out the medical attention they n...
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Blinded by TMJ

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You're driving home from dinner one night, and you notice the headlights from the other lane are brighter than usual. You continue driving, and the headlights seem brighter and brighter as you make your way home. Before long, they're unbearably bright your vision becomes blurred. Now you're starting to have trouble seeing. You pull over to collect ...
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When Jaw Pain Ruins Eating

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Eating is a staple source of culture for communities around the world. Food is a part of celebratory festivals, ceremonies, and family additions and losses. Food affects all of us differently, from bringing comfort in a time of need to cementing a sense of community with your neighbors. Suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD) can ...
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What You Can Do to Keep TMD at Bay

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a collection of symptoms resulting from insufficient jaw development or misaligned teeth (malocclusion). This structural deficiency puts a strain on supporting muscle systems, causing many consequential conditions ranging from migraines to sleep apnea. While preventing TMD development on your own is not alw...
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Got the Spins?

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Vertigo is characterized by a sudden spinning sensation. When produced purposely, spinning can be exciting and fun. Roller coasters, amusement park rides, and merry-go-rounds are all entertainment staples in our culture. On the other hand, when you feel this way and don't expect to, it can be quite concerning. This spinning feeling evokes memo...
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Does Your Jaw Have You Feeling Anxious?

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It's the big day. You finally got that job interview, or you're supposed to hear back about that test, or you're waiting for your date to show up to the restaurant you've agreed on. Whatever the "thing" might be, imagining yourself in any of these situations likely emits a particular feeling, anxiety. Your mind is racing, "what if it doesn't go wel...
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Laser the Pain Away

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Once aligned more with the genre of science fiction than reality, laser technology has evolved to solving many of the world's problems in industries such as science, military, industrial, commercial, and medical among others. In Dr. Buck's practice, infrared lasers have found a home in the treatment of chronic pain, specifically jaw pain. Infrared ...
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All Quiet on the Oral Front

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Have you ever noticed a grinding or popping noise when you open your mouth? Maybe you've noticed it while you're eating or talking, maybe your partner has mentioned it to you, either way, these noises coming from your jaw are probably not "nothing to worry about." If you've grown accustomed to hearing your jaw pop when you move it throughout the da...
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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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