Archive for October 2018

The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. It’s what allows your jaw to move up, down, left, and right, so that you can talk and chew. When there is a problem with this joint, you may have what is called a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
 
Most commonly, symptoms of TMDs include pain in the area around the ear, jaw joint, jaw muscles, face, or temples. Other possible symptoms are a popping noise when chewing or yawning, neck pain, and headaches. If you have any of these symptoms, make sure to inform your dentist and your doctor.
 
The exact cause of TMDs is often difficult to determine, but in most cases they are caused by multiple factors, including joint disease, jaw injuries, arthritis, teeth grinding, and stress. Usually, TMDs heal without much assistance, but using a cold or warm compress on the affected area can help ease the pain. Try not to open your mouth too wide or bite together too hard, keep your jaw relaxed.
 
If after an examination it’s determined that treatment for a TMD is necessary, your dentist will create a plan that may include relaxation techniques, referrals to other types of doctors, medicine, or wearing a night guard. Here at the Rideau Dental Centre, we have dentists who have developed an expertise in diagnosing and treating TMDs. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by calling 613-230-7475.

GERD, also known as acid reflux disease, is fairly common among adults. Acid reflux is the reflux of stomach acids back into the esophagus, which can then make their way into the mouth. When stomach acid comes in contact with teeth, it can de-mineralize them.
 
Usually, enamel on the tongue and palate surfaces of the teeth is affected the most, rather than the cheek side of the tooth. Acid reflux can also cause dry mouth, which aids the growth of bacteria and plaque, increasing the risk of developing cavities.
 
Other symptoms of acid reflux disease include sore throat, bad breath, heartburn, and bad sense of taste. Molars are usually the most affected teeth because of their proximity to the esophagus, also meaning that the signs of enamel loss may not be noticeable without inspection by a dentist.
 
If you know that you have acid reflux disease, or are experiencing any of the symptoms outlined above, make sure to contact your dentist. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.