When you suffer from TMJ disorder, you’re experiencing problems with your temporomandibular joints (or your jaw joints, which we refer to as your TMJs). Unfortunately, breaking the cycle of placing too much stress on your jaw joints can often become difficult because it’s so easy to do so unintentionally. The wonderful news is that you don’t need to become overly concerned about this. We will offer you some simple habits to avoid, which will give you a clearer perspective regarding good choices (and bad choices) as you do your best to protect your jaw health.
Ah yes, with holiday merriment and cozy parties comes chilly, wintry weather that looks oh-so picturesque. Unfortunately, even the most beautiful winter scene can bring with it some serious side effects if you’re not fully prepared to deal with the plummeting temps. No worries! The Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance (CMRPHA) has some very helpful reminds to ensure you enjoy a truly safe, wonderful winter season.
Do you feel like you should probably know a lot more about dental fillings but you have to admit you don’t really know very much at all? We always appreciate patients who are interested in caring for their smiles and, of course, we enjoy offering educational details. When information about fillings is what you’re after, feel free to ask away! For the current moment, let’s get you started off on the right foot with a question-and-answer session.
You might not recognize that the holidays can significantly interfere with your otherwise smoothly running sleep apnea treatment that’s allowing you to sleep through the night. The good news is that we are here to help prepare you to avoid common mishaps and pitfalls that can leave you with spotty sleep and all the side effects you’ve been so happily avoiding! Consider a few ways the holidays can potentially interfere with your treatment (and how to avoid these issues) and this joyous time can remain just as merry as you’d planned.
Sometimes, we learn so many things and have so much going on that we feel a bit of a meltdown coming on. If you can identify with this sensation (after all, the holidays can bring this out in anyone), then you just might want to take the high road, skip the drama, and simplify! When it comes to simplifying your approach to dental care, for instance, we have a very helpful option for keeping yourself on track, so your oral health remains in wonderful condition. Ready?
Looking for something fun and possibly a little bit different to do as you get ready to celebrate the holidays this year? If so, gather up the kids, your friends, and your family, and head out for the SMC Holiday Open House!
You’ve got a long list of the people (and possibly even the pets) that you love and for whom holiday gifts are a sure thing this year and every year. Is there someone (or something) you’re forgetting? It just might be time to add your smile to your holiday gift list! “My smile?” you may respond in shock. It’s true. Your teeth and gums deserve celebration, so consider the variety of gifts you can give to yourself this year to keep your oral health and the esthetic value of your smile in good condition.
While we cannot wholly discount the possibility that luck comes into play, we generally dismiss the thought of “good fortune” when it comes to protecting one’s oral health. Why? Well, there is enough scientific data to suggest that common factors lead to whether your smile remains in beautiful, healthy condition or if it is going to end up suffering from illness or damage. We are happy to offer a bit of enlightenment on the topic with a quiz. Of course, coming in for a visit will give you additional time to clear up any confusion.
Do you know for sure that you have made the absolute most of your dental insurance benefits this year? Are you currently patting yourself on the back and smiling a dazzling, healthy smile because you have kept up with cleanings, checkups, and more? If so, congratulations and we will see you in 2017! If not, we encourage you to make your way through a quick quiz, so you don’t accidentally let your benefits end without using them.
When you hear that there are some bad habits that contribute to bruxism, you might feel a little bit confused. After all, we have reassured you that the habit of grinding and clenching your teeth is an involuntary one that you cannot control unless you receive bruxism treatment. So, how could bad habits come into play? While the disorder itself isn’t your fault, you just might be taking part in some simple activities throughout your day that contribute to the worsening of bruxism, rather than protecting you from it. We are happy to explain and help further with a quick question-and-answer session!