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Common Causes of TMJ Disorder

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TMJ disorder (TMD) typically presents itself as chronic headaches, popping and clicking noises, limited range of motion, or difficulty eating. Since you rely on your TMJ (jaw joint) thousands of times per day, it’s important that it can function properly. But what you may not have realized is other conditions contributing to TMD, rather than the joint “flaring up” on its own. Here are some of the most common TMJ pain causes you should know about. Crooked Teeth Misaligned teeth and jaws mean that your TMJ has to change the way it moves when it’s time for you to eat. … Continue reading

Should I Get an Oral Sleep Appliance?

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If you snore or have sleep apnoea, an oral appliance might be a smart investment. Unlike CPAP machines that force air into your lungs, an oral sleep appliance naturally opens your airway so that you can breathe easier. Our Wyndham dentists can work with your physician or pulmonologist to determine if a mouthpiece could help you sleep more soundly! How Oral Sleep Appliances Work An oral sleep appliance is similar to a mouthguard that fits over your upper and lower teeth. The difference is that it guides your lower jaw forward, so that soft tissues at the back of your … Continue reading

How Gum Disease Affects Your Health

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If you didn’t already know it, gum disease — also called periodontitis or periodontal disease — is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. But it’s not just your smile that’s at risk. Having active gum disease can lead to a host of other health complications if left untreated. Here are just a few: Diabetes — Gum disease makes it difficult, if not impossible, to manage glucose levels in people with diabetes. Researchers have suggested that the cyclic condition of glucose and gum disease constantly worsening the other is best treated through improved dental care.   Cardiovascular Disease, Heart … Continue reading

Flossing: How to do it Right

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Many people don’t know how to floss properly.  The dental therapists and hygienists at Wyndham Dental can show you some tips that will help you improve your technique. When to Floss: Flossing should be a part of your daily routine.  Preferably you would floss after each meal, but we know this is not always realistic.  Your goal should be to at least floss once per day.  A great time to do this is at night, before bed, and after you’ve brushed your teeth. Tips to Help with Better Flossing:  There is more to flossing than just sliding a string between … Continue reading

Types of Toothaches and How to Treat Them

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Not all toothaches are created equal. Some may be less harmful, while others require immediate attention of our Wyndham emergency dentist. Here are some of the most common types of dental pain that we see in our practice and what you should do for each. Sharp Pain — Not all cavities hurt, but if you’re experiencing sudden pain out of the blue or when you’re eating, it could be due to tooth decay. See our Wyndham dentist early, before the cavity has a chance to spread and become more problematic (especially if there’s an abscess.) Pain When You Bite Down … Continue reading

Facts You Should Know About Dry Mouth

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Dry mouth, also called as xerostomia, is a condition that is characterised by chapped lips, difficulty in swallowing food, feeling of dryness or burning sensation in the mouth. Listed below are few important causes of dry mouth- Dehydration – Low water intake can dehydrate your body and cause dryness in mouth. Hence, try to keep yourself hydrated by wetting your mouth or drinking plenty of water. Tobacco consumption – Tobacco, in any form, when consumed frequently can result in reduced salivary flow. Due to the dip in salivary flow there is a hike in the tendency to develop dental cavities. … Continue reading

Do I Have Gum Disease?

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Periodontitis, also known as periodontal or “gum” disease, is an infection that affects the soft tissues and bone that surround your teeth. Left untreated, this gum infection can lead to tooth mobility or loss. Its presence also impacts the severity of underlying health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, pneumonia, etc.   But how do you know whether or not you have a periodontal infection? Watch for signs like:   Bleeding gums: It’s not normal or healthy to bleed when you brush and floss. Bleeding when you clean along the gumlines or between teeth is a red flag.  Gum … Continue reading