Archive for July 2013

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is made up of the jaw joint and the group of muscles that allow us to chew, speak, swallow and yawn.  When the balance is lost and something goes wrong, we develop TMD  (temporomandibular disorder).
 
Signs and symptoms include many of the following:  Tenderness and muscle soreness.  Difficulty opening or closing your mouth.  Headaches or neck pain.  Clicking, grinding or popping noises when you chew your food.
 
The causes of TMD are not always obvious but stress often plays a major role.  Everyday lives can cause us to clench and grind our teeth together often without even realizing it.  There also can be other factors such as an injury, whiplash, missing teeth, improperly fitting dentures…
 
Your dentist can suggest several solutions to relieving TMD pain.  First and foremost relax!!  Often just knowing you are clenching can help stop the habit.  Hot and cold compresses can help along with massaging the muscles. 
 
Your dentist may also recommend a bite splint or nightguard.  This appliance covers the biting surface of the teeth of one jaw which helps relax the muscles.  The nightguard also protects your precious teeth and dental work from wear and fracture.
 
Discuss any TMD symptoms with your dentist at the Rideau Dental Center so they can help alleviate any pain you may experience.  Call us at 613-230-7475

The dreaded questions asked when you sit down to your dental hygiene visit… What do you do at home to take care of your teeth? Are you flossing daily? 
 
Why does it matter anyways?
 
Most people don’t really know what periodontal disease is or if they have it. Some people think it is normal that their gums bleed. It isn’t normal. It is a sign of disease.
 
Bacteria live in your mouth. They grow, multiply and group together to form a biofilm. Bacteria hide around and underneath your gums where it is dark, moist, warm, and generally undisturbed. When bacteria attack the tissues of the gums they cause your body to fight back causing an inflammatory response. In the mouth this appears as red, shiny swollen gums that bleed easily. Bone loss may be observed on x-rays and measured during your periodontal assessment.
 
Periodontal disease is an infection. To fight or prevent the bacteria in your mouth, you must reduce the number of bacteria and break up the biofilm. This means keeping all surfaces of your teeth clean especially between your teeth!
 
There are many tools to clean your teeth. Your hygienist will recommend a personal homecare routine. Visit your registered dental hygienist at the Rideau Dental Center.