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About “TMD” – its Signs and Conditions

Posted under Gum Disease on April 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

I recently met a new patient who suffers from chronic arthritis. She is in so much pain, that she clenches all the time, hence her TMD manifestation. We will discuss TMD a little more in depth later. This new patient inspires this short blog. I hope you enjoy.

Temporomandipular disorder or “TMD” as it is commonly known is a dysfunctional condition of the joints that affects between 5 and 10 percent of the population.  This statistic was released by the National Institute of Craniofacial Research following a study of the painful condition. Therefore, it could be considered an important factor that any indications of its presence are recognized!

“TMD” which for reasons undetermined is more prevalent in women, can be caused by a traumatic situation, such as an injury, a dislocation or even biting wrongly, which has an effect on the muscles associated with your chewing action. This can be shown by stress patterns such as grinding the teeth or jaw clenching that aggravates the situation. Some indications that can be attributed to “TMD” include …

Digestive Problems? You Might Have GERD

Posted under Gum Disease on February 11th, 2014 | No Comments

If you’re like most people, you probably overate during the holidays and paid the price with a mild case of heartburn.  It is not abnormal to suffer occasional heartburn, as this is nothing more than a brief regurgitation of a small amount of gastric acid.  If you only get this type of burning feeling once in a while and it is mild, then you might not have a cause for concern.  However, if the feeling of heartburn is frequent, persistent, or severe, then you might have something more serious.

In particular, you might have GERD, which stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease.  Commonly known as acid reflux, GERD is more than a simple case of heartburn.  If you have GERD, then the acidic contents of your stomach are backing up into your esophagus, causing inflammation or even damage to your esophageal lining.  If left untreated, GERD can cause damage to the esophagus.  Besides heartburn, symptoms of GERD include nausea and vomiting, so you’ll want to be on the lookout for those signs.

Only a medical doctor …

The Mouth is a Window into the Health of the Body

Posted under Gum Disease on December 18th, 2012 | 6 Comments

Dr. Andrew Huang of Santa Teresa Dental advised, “taking good care of your teeth and gums isn’t just about preventing cavities or bad breath. The mouth is a window into the health of the body.”

Your mouth can show if you are not eating foods that are best for you or signal that you may be at risk for a disease.

Diseases that affect the entire body (such as diabetes) , may first be noticed because of mouth sores or other oral problems.

The mouth is filled with countless bacteria!  Some bacterial are linked to tooth decay and periodontal disease aka gum disease.

Gum disease may be connected with diabetes and cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke). A link between these systemic (whole body) conditions and periodontal disease does not mean that one condition causes the other, however.

Diseases like diabetes, blood cell disorders, HIV infections and AIDS lower the body’s resistance to infection, making gum diseases more severe. Several studies link ongoing inflammation from periodontitis with heart disease, artery blockages and stroke.