Here at our handy Egham clinic, we provide the latest general and cosmetic dentistry, but we can also help with jaw, neck and head pain. Before we explain how that is, let's take a look at some of the basic facts relating to jaw, neck and head pain:
Your bottom jaw connects to your skull in front of your ear by a temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint is very complex and enables you to open your mouth, close it and move your jaw around in many ways.
These movements ensure you can talk, breathe, chew up your food and swallow it. The TMJ is connected to the biggest nerve in the head which is also connected to your teeth, your face and your sinuses. A TMJ disorder could cause numerous issues including:
● Jaw pain and aching
● Pain when moving the jaw
● Neck pain
● Sinus pain
Lot of issues can cause the symptoms above, so a diagnosis of TMJ from a doctor is usually necessary.
Issues Related To TMJ
When you visit the dentist, you probably have a few things in mind you want to mention, and expect your dentist to tell you anything they want you to know during the appointment. This is great and well done for attending your appointments regularly too!
However, did you also know that dentists commonly have several things they always want you to know? With that in mind, here are seven things your Egham dentist firmly believes will help improve your dental health.
1. Plaque Is Happening Right Now And Through The Night
Plaque sticks to every surface of your teeth and gets right into the gums wherever it can. Even when you teeth feel super clean, there is probably a thin layer of plaque covering them. Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time is so important, because you always need to get rid of plaque, even if your teeth feel clean. As well as fighting morning breath, brushing your teeth in the morning is important for other reasons. Sleeping with an open mouth dries your mouth out, and brushing helps restore the moisture and encourage saliva production. Plus, bacteria grows through the night, so you have to get rid of that as well.
2. Dry Mouth Is A Problem
Your saliva is a bit of a hero when it comes to fighting nasty bacteria in the mouth. Saliva helps wash your food down and also has tons of 'super powers', like being antibacterial and dealing with acid that is bad for your teeth. If you have dry mouth, rule out an underlying cause and seek effective treatment.
3. Tartar Has To Be Removed By A Dentist or Hygienist
When you don't brush plaque away it turns hard and into something called tartar, which has to be removed by the dentist or hygienist4. Poor Dental Hygiene Affects Your Overall Health
At our Egham dentists we care for the oral health of patients of all ages, right from tiny tots proud of their very first tooth, to teenagers embracing their first set of braces, to adults investing in cosmetic dentistry, and older adults with experience and wisdom bringing them the brightest smiles.
However, as we age, it is important to remember that oral health issues are just as important as ever. It is particularly important to remain aware of certain conditions related to ageing which can also affect our oral health. Of course we all know that regular visits to your local dentist are important in terms of oral health, but many people don't necessarily realise that our oral health has a big impact on our overall health too. So it's very important to stay on top of our general and oral health as we get on in years.
Keep On Top Of Your Oral Hygiene Later On In Life By:
Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time using a toothpaste containing fluoride, and a comfortable toothbrush. If you have issues which make using a toothbrush hard, please talk to your Egham dentist about this so that we can discuss solutions to help.
Visit your dentist as regularly as you did before, even if you have cosmetic dentistry, dentures or dental implants. Restorations may not decay but your gums and adjacent teeth are still subject to decay and disease.
Try to moderate the amount of starchy, sugary and acidic food and drink you consume. Chew sugar-free chewing gum after you drink and eat, and drink plenty of water to encourage natural saliva production.
Avoid all use of tobacco products and stick to government guidelines for alcohol consumption.
Oral health tips in readiness for the new school year.
As the six weeks holidays draw to a close, it's time for the little ones to get ready to start or return to education. They're probably smiling with excitement at their new clothes, pencil case, shoes and bag, and at the prospect of seeing all their friends again.
This is great, but it is also important to keep them excited about their oral health as well, so they can smile with confidence every school year, through to adulthood. Kids are growing their confidence so it's important they have a smile to be proud of too. You might think they have their oral health regime on point, but with peer pressure and the added excitement and distraction of school, they may well quickly become distracted and lose interest in their once beloved morning and nighttime regimes. Here are some tips to help you keep your child 'smile ready' for school:
Always Make It Fun
At our Egham dentist, we make sure all our staff are trained and qualified to make the dentist a fun experience for little ones, after all they are the smiles of tomorrow! It is so important that oral care remains fun both during visits to our TW20 clinic, and at home. There are lots of ways to ensure their oral health regime is fun.
You can introduce a sticker chart and reward extra big effort, brushing for the right amount of time or for extra big smiles during a school performance (anything teeth related!). You could also introduce songs that run for 2 minutes so they brush for the right amount of time, and give them character based toothbrushes to use. You could even make up a morning and nighttime tooth brushing dance.
Set An Example