Every patient is different. That's why the ADA recommends that you discuss your individual needs with your personal dentist. Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss between teeth once a day, eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. By following a healthy dental routine, you can lower your risk for tooth decay.
Bruce S. Smith, DDS
Specialty: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Location and Office HoursBruce S Smith DDS
Cypress, TX 77429
- monday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
- tuesday: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
- wednesday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
- thursday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
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How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
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Is temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder (TMJ) serious?
Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder (TMJ) causes mild to severe pain in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. With TMJ, you may feel pain across the jaw, ear, or neck; stiffness in your jaw muscles when you open your mouth; popping in your jaw; and difficulty moving the jaw.
Pain from TMJ may go away with little or no treatment. Home treatment may include eating soft foods and applying ice packs (in a towel) or a warm, moist towel to the painful jaw. You should avoid chewy candy, sticky foods, and chewing gum.
Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications for TMJ. Your dentist may fit you with a splint (biteplate, night guard) that you wear at night to help alleviate jaw tension. This will help relieve the pain and stiffness. In some cases, your doctor may give you an injection to ease the pain and stiffness. Or less commonly, arthroscopic surgery may be needed, depending on the severity of the problem.
High stress can result in chronic muscle tension in the jaw. So talk to your doctor about ways to control your stress response, if that is a problem.
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How do other illnesses affect TMJ?
Some conditions can predispose you to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. You're at higher risk if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), or sleep disorders. TMJ can also be caused by jaw deformities, poor dental work, and tooth grinding (bruxism).
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