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Health Benefits & Facts About Your Smile! :)

hollywood cosmetic dentistIt is natural to smile in response to a funny or positive situation. A beautiful and genuine smile is not only infectious, but also extremely rewarding as it can improve your health and open doors in your social and professional life, according to Hollywood cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sally Kashani. Here are some reasons to smile more often! 🙂

Fact #1: Smiling relieves stress.

Studies show that smiling affects certain muscles that create a sense of joy or happiness. When you are happy or in a good mood and smile, the pertinent muscles are hit, causing the brain to release more happy or mood-changing signals (endorphins). The simple act of smiling, even when there is no apparent reason for you to do so, can also make you feel happier.

Fact #2: Smiling reduces conflict.

Complimenting a person with a genuine smile can help turn around a bad day. A genuine smile can help diffuse tense situations and put those concerned at ease.

Fact #3: Smiling is an innate ability for babies.

Although some people believe that babies mimic their surroundings, including smiling and laughter, studies argue that human beings are born with the ability to smile, since even blind babies can smile and laugh.

Fact #4: Smiling makes a woman more attractive.

According to different studies, men find women who are not wearing any make-up but have a good smile to be more attractive than stone-faced women with perfect make-up. Perhaps the male audience is more attracted to smiling women in the audience than runway models?

Fact #5: Smiles makes you appear more confident.

Smiling is good for both your professional and social life. In the social scene, smiling and happiness is translated in your voice and makes you sound joyful and more engaging, which draws more people to you. In the professional scene, it makes you seem more confident and successful, increasing your likelihood of getting a promotion.

Fact #6: Smiling boosts your immune system.

Big and genuine smiles where your squint your eyes are claimed to decrease the amount of cortisol produces in your body, which in turn boosts your immune system. Since your physical health is tied to your emotional health, those who smile more are claimed to live about 7 years longer than those who frown a lot.

Moral of the Story: Smile More Frequently! 🙂

Studies show that smiling creates a “feedback loop”: your brain tells you to smile in response to a pleasant situation, but a smile can also tell the brain that you are in a positive situation. So, smiling cultivates good feelings all around!

 

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Diabetes & Dentistry

diabetes oral health tooth decayDiabetes is a very serious chronic disease that significantly increases the risk of oral and dental health problems, sometimes up to 80 percent for people with type 2 diabetes. Oral problems can become a major obstacle to proper regulation of blood glucose in diabetic patients. As such, it is hard to manage diabetes without first ensuring that you have a healthy mouth as noted by Hollywood dentist, Dr. Sally Kashani.

Likely Dental Problems for People with Diabetes

When suffering from diabetes, either type 1 or type 2, it is critical that you manage your blood sugar level to avoid a myriad of health conditions. With regard to your dental health, a higher blood sugar level increases your risk for:

  1. Tooth decay

The mouth contains different types of bacteria, some of which are beneficial and others harmful. The harmful bacteria act on the sugars and starch you consume to form plaque – a sticky and acidic film that covers your tooth surface. Without proper oral hygiene, plaque builds up on your teeth, resulting in tooth decay and cavities. Poor control of sugar levels among diabetic patients creates an ideal control for plaque buildup due to high glucose content in the mouth, leading to greater risk for tooth erosion and cavities.

  1. Gum disease

Diabetes increases your risk for all levels of gum disease, from the early and mild form known as gingivitis to the advanced level known as periodontitis. As mentioned before, the high glucose content in your mouth leads to bacteria buildup and the formation of plaque, which if not removed through regular brushing and flossing, hardens under your gumline to form a substance called calculus.

As more tartar continues to form, it increasingly irritates the gingival – the gum area around the base of your teeth – cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. These are the signs of gingivitis. It can be easily controlled and treated by proper at-home oral hygiene and regular professional cleaning.

But if left untreated, the buildup of tartar begins to destroy the soft and hard tissues around the teeth, causes the gums to pull away from the teeth (exposing the roots), and ultimately results in loose teeth that may even fall out. Periodontitis can only be treated by visiting your dentist for thorough root planing and scaling.

Oral Hygiene for Diabetes Patients

Diabetes patients tend to have considerably more severe cases of periodontitis because their condition reduces their ability to fight infection and slows healing. Moreover, periodontitis may cause a spike in blood sugar level, making diabetes harder to manage.

Generally, ensuring proper oral health can help to improve blood sugar control. This includes brushing and flossing daily, quitting smoking (aggravates gum disease), and visiting your Hollywood dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups.

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Looking For A New Cosmetic Dentist? Meet The “Hollywood Dentist”!

hollywood dentist, cosmetic dentistry, dentist in hollywoodIf you are thinking about improving your smile, it is important to dedicate a bit of your time to find a skilled and reputable cosmetic dentist. Dr. Sally Kashani is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Hollywood with the right tools, knowledge, skills, & education to give you the smile you’ve always wanted! She would like to share a few tips with you in finding the right cosmetic dentist.

Things to Consider When Searching For A New Cosmetic Dentist

1. Seek referrals.

Talk to a friend, family member, colleague, neighbor, or some other person who has had cosmetic dentistry. If they liked their dentist, they will definitely refer you to them. If not, they will provide suggestions of things to look for in your search so you have a better experience. You can also ask your general dentist to recommend one depending on the procedure you want to undertake.

2. Find visual evidence.

Any reputable dentist should be able to produce samples or evidence of their previous work. You may not always trust the before-and-after photos on the practice’s website. But if you eventually choose to work with that cosmetic dentist after reviewing several of them, they will give you confidence that your smile will be successfully transformed.

3. Check credentials.

As mentioned before, any dentist who focuses on continual education and training will be listed as an accredited dentist in the AACD website. These dentists must satisfy rigorous guidelines to receive the credentials, so you can have peace of mind knowing that you will receive treatment based on the newest and verified techniques.

4. Wide range of procedures.

In many instances, there are different procedures that can be used to address a particular problem. Finding a dentist who performs different procedures can help you find the most appropriate one for your case. Common cosmetic procedures include:

● White Restorations – crowns, fillings, etc.

Teeth whitening

Orthodontics – Invisalign

● Conventional and minimal-preparation porcelain veneers

● Cosmetic Bonding, etc.

5. Post-procedure preview

Dentists who specialize in cosmetic procedures typically offer digitally-created smile previews of the likely results using special software. The dentist simply inputs an image of your current smile, manipulates some data depending on the necessary procedures, and then produces a realistic full-color image of the likely results. Cosmetic imaging increases your chances of satisfaction with the procedure.

Lastly, you should keep in mind that cosmetic procedures are generally not covered by dental insurance. So, you may want to consider working with a dentist who offers a range of financing options that meet your budget. For more information on cosmetic procedures with our very own Hollywood Dentist, Dr. Sally Kashani, give us a call at (818) 508–7272.

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Making the Wise Decision to Extract Your “Wisdom” Teeth

why we have wisdom tooth removalThe third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, usually emerge much later than other teeth at the age of 17 to 25 years as a person transitions into adulthood.

The term “wisdom” has been associated with these teeth since the seventeenth century when they were referred to as “teeth of wisdom”. The term “wisdom teeth” was introduced in the nineteenth century, and has stuck since.

So, Why Do We Call Them “Wisdom” Teeth?

The name is mostly attributed to the time when third molars begin to emerge, as you transition from adolescence to adulthood. It is expected that with age, and more specifically, adulthood, you become more mature and hopefully wiser.

Recently, studies have corroborated the idea of wisdom teeth emerging when the person is “wiser”. According to a new study, scientists discovered that the brain continues to grow and develop through adolescence. Other researchers agree that the brain continues to develop until the age of 25, when it reaches full maturity.

So, it makes sense to refer to the third molars as wisdom teeth, as teenagers are ushered into the responsibilities of adulthood. Unfortunately, this is not always a joyous period, especially when you have to deal with the agony of an infected or impacted wisdom tooth.

Why Do We Have Our Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

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The development of a third set of molars is believed to be an evolutionary response to the diets and chewing habits of early man. Living as hunters and gatherers, their diets comprised hard, rough foods that caused substantial damage and wear to their teeth over time. To improve chewing function, it is possible that the human body evolved and introduced a third set of molars.

But modern diets are different, and the wisdom teeth are not that essential. Some adults don’t even have wisdom teeth, and they live perfectly normal and healthy lives.

When wisdom teeth come in without causing problems with adjacent teeth, they don’t have to be removed. However, they still pose a threat with regard to maintaining proper oral hygiene, as food debris can hide between the wisdom tooth and adjacent molar, where it is hard to keep clean. In such cases, they may need to be removed.

Another reason to remove wisdom teeth is when they fail to erupt from the gums – where they are said to be impacted. Soft tissue impaction occurs when the tooth is stuck below the soft tissue, and may erupt much later; while a bony impaction refers to a tooth that is partially or fully obstructed by the jaw bone, meaning that it won’t erupt.

Impacted wisdom teeth should be extracted because they increase the risk for infections by creating pockets where bacteria can hide. They may also interfere with the health or organization of other teeth.

When you begin to experience problems with your wisdom teeth, it is best to consult your dentist on how to remedy the situation before it becomes a lot worse.

See also: How to Prevent Dry Socket After Wisdom Tooth Removal.

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Hollywood Dentist, Dr. Sally Kashani, Providing Dental Care to Holocaust Survivors!

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I’m very excited to have recently had the opportunity to help economically challenged Holocaust survivors through the AO/HSC Holocaust Survivors Oral Care Program! It was one of the most humbling opportunities I’ve had as a dentist.

The program is a three-year initiative that provides pro-bono dental care to Holocaust survivors that are eligible and meet the requirements. Many of these survivors have very interesting stories that make you appreciate everything you’ve been given and/or have worked hard for. Like I said, it was very humbling.

Making a Difference.

It’s such a wonderful feeling to know that you are truly making a lasting impact on someone’s life – a positive impact. And I wouldn’t trade that opportunity for anything else. As a dentist in Hollywood, I always want to best for my patients in terms of aesthetics, function and health. I absolutely look forward to more of these opportunities & experiences!
 

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Understanding Fluoride Treatment & Its Benefits

fluoride treatment benefitsFluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in many foods and fluids, including meat, eggs, fish, and tea. Some places also add fluoride to public or bottled water, plus it can be found in many toothpastes, mouth rinses, and professional treatments. It helps to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay.

The tooth’s enamel layer is composed of minerals that are constantly added and lost throughout life. Mineral loss from tooth enamel (demineralization) occurs when plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth form acids that erode the enamel. To counteract this, minerals such as fluoride, phosphate, and calcium are redeposited to the enamel layer from your diet through a process called remineralization.

Excessive demineralization without sufficient remineralization to restore tooth enamel leads to decay.

Benefits of Fluoride Treatment

The primary benefit of fluoride is that it helps to prevent dental caries. It can also reverse tooth demineralization. If plaque builds up on the tooth and begins to erode the enamel, fluoride treatments and supplements can be used to replace the minerals that have been lost, allowing your teeth to stay healthy.

Fluoride treatments in the form of supplements are particularly beneficial to children under the age of 6 years. Although their permanent teeth have not erupted yet, the administration of fluoride treatment can help to fight gingivitis, prevent the buildup of bacteria around teeth and gums, and help to establish long-term dental health.

People who require special care, like those using orthodontic appliances, may also require fluoride treatments on a regular basis to keep bacteria from building up underneath the braces. Generally, individuals with weak teeth, poor brushing habits, or those with a history of cavities and don’t visit the dentist regularly can use fluoride treatments.

What to Expect During Fluoride Treatment

Before getting an in-office fluoride treatment, the patient’s teeth are dried and cleaned to remove stains from the surface. For home-based treatments, you should brush and floss the teeth before using a fluoride rinse or gel, preferably at night time just before going to bed, to reduce the likelihood of washing away the product.

In-office treatments are more advisable because they contain a greater concentration of fluoride compared to toothpastes or mouthwash, plus they stay on teeth longer, allowing maximum remineralization.

Fluoride Treatment FAQ

What forms of fluoride are available?

Besides diet, fluoride can be found in fluoridated toothpastes and mouthrinses. For in-office treatments, they be in the form of foam, varnish, or gel that is painted directly on the teeth or used as a tray that is worn like a mouth guard. The professional fluorides commonly used are neutral sodium fluoride (mostly used by people with restorations and dry mouth) and acidulated phosphate fluoride (APF), which is acidic.

Is fluoride safe?

When used in the right amounts for the age group (1,000 ppm for children under 6 and 1350-1500 for adults) it is safe and effective. However, it can be unsafe at high doses, especially for children.

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Dr. Sally’s Back-to-School Children’s Dental Guide [for parents]

dr sally back to school dental guideSchool is here soon (if not already here!) and with that comes the need to look our very best on first day back! As a parent – the burden for your children to look great on their first day back falls on you. To your convenience, I’ve made this simple guide that should be followed to ensure your children’s teeth are ready to go!

1. Re-Iterate Proper Brushing Habits

It’s easy for children to slip on their brushing and flossing habits during summertime where the living’s easy. Even if you ask them, chances are they’ll say “yes” even when they actually never brushed or flossed their teeth. As such, you’ll have to bring them back up to speed with their oral hygiene routine.

Replace their brush. When you’re browsing school supplies, let them choose a toothbrush of their choice – just make sure it’s labeled as “soft”. Also look into purchasing a timer. This can help them with the full 2 minutes recommended for an effective brushing.

Personal recommendation: Brush and floss with them – study their technique. Chances are your children have improper form, which doesn’t keep the cavities away. Flossing is difficult for children so it may be wise to invest in dental flossers, making it easier for them. And if you yourself are unsure of proper form, I will be glad to show you on your next appointment with me!

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2. Limit Sugar Intake

Children will always take the sugar option if it’s presented. While natural, sugar in large quantities can be devastating to our teeth. You want to find suitable replacements that they will be satisfied with when you pack their lunch. And if the school offers their own meal program, make sure you’re OK with their offerings. Sometimes the food is really unhealthy.

Suitable replacement: Fruit. Fruits have sugar in them, yes, but if eaten in moderate quantities provide many other benefits besides being a suitable replacement to hard candies or gummies that serve no real nutritional value.

Suitable replacement #2:
Gum. Gum with Xylitol is a good replacement for snacking. It helps stimulate saliva production that is important for preventing tooth decay. Choose a flavor they love, but make sure it is ADA approved with Xylitol.

Instead, try using candies and the like as a reward incentive on weekends for showing excellence/diligence at school. Candy in controlled moderation won’t hurt and may work to your benefit.

3. Dentist Appointments

Your child’s brushing and flossing habits will show their true colors with a dental appointment right before school starts. X-rays and dental examinations will reveal anything out of order. Any tooth decay present can be taken care of just in time for school, where picture days may be coming up.

Aside from the standard two visits per month recommended by the American Dental Association, consider having your child undergo an orthodontic evaluation. Their teeth may have issues that early orthodontic treatment could fix and prepare them for when they get older. First impressions matter!

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The Good Bacteria: Benefits of Probiotics for Oral Health

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The use of probiotics to maintain and improve overall health has grown in recent years. Typically recommended to treat digestive problems encountered during antibiotic therapy, emerging evidence shows that probiotics may provide benefits to oral health as well. Positive reports about how probiotics can help combat dental caries, periodontal diseases and oral malodor have boosted interest in their use. By educating patients about the benefits and proper use, dental hygienists can help patients understand how probiotic therapy can improve oral health.

Good Bugs Do Good Things

Probiotics are bacteria that—when present in sufficient numbers—can help the body maintain a healthy balance of microflora. The most common use of probiotics is to restore the body’s beneficial bacteria after antibiotic use. Probiotics are available in dietary supplements, yogurts, suppositories and creams. In the oral health care arena, probiotic-infused chewing gum and lozenges are also available.

Probiotics can be used to prevent disease from occurring and as a first line of defense. Some patients, however, may not understand how probiotics can improve their oral health. For those who may benefit from this therapy but are slow to embrace change, dental hygienists can provide education and motivation to help them better understand the benefits of probiotics.

Building on Prior Knowledge

“The best way to discuss probiotics with patients is to begin with what they already know”, suggests Sarah DeBowes, RDH, BS, MS, adjunct clinical instructor at the Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. “Ask them if they’ve ever heard of probiotics, and if so, what they know. This gives dental hygienists the opportunity to evaluate the patient’s current knowledge so that education can be tailored accordingly,” she says.

If a patient is unfamiliar with probiotics, DeBowes explains, the dental hygienist can help the patient understand the basic concept of how they work by explaining that antibiotics kill “bad” bacteria, while probiotics deliver “good” bacteria that can improve oral and systemic health.

Marilynn Rothen, RDH, MS, clinic manager at the Regional Clinical Dental Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle, emphasizes how knowledge about probiotics can vary among patients. For example, those who are health-conscious may already understand that the live cultures of good bacteria found in some dairy products can benefit the digestive system. Others may understand that certain bacteria in the oral cavity can cause gingivitis and dental caries. “What they may not know,” Rothen points out, “is that scientists estimate there are more than 800 types of bacteria in the mouth, and most are ‘healthy bacteria’ that do not cause disease.”

Are You a Good Candidate for Probiotics?

A number of over-the-counter probiotic products are available. According to DeBowes, these types of probiotics are best suited for those who struggle with oral malodor, gingivitis, periodontal diseases or dental caries. “Probiotic research shows great promise in reducing the severity of these conditions by incorporating good bacteria into the oral cavity, and helping to restore the balance of a healthy mouth,” she says.

For patients who want to reduce the incidence of dental caries, probiotics may offer a valuable adjunctive treatment. One study found that adults who used probiotics experienced significantly reduced plaque accumulation compared to individuals in the control group.

Another study focused on how probiotics fight cavities, or caries. Study participants consumed probiotic-infused milk on a daily basis for seven months. At the end of the study, the children who consumed the probiotic-infused milk demonstrated a significant reduction in caries compared to the control group that drank plain milk over the study duration.

Patients affected by periodontal diseases may also benefit from probiotics. Separate studies have shown that the probiotics Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus brevis both exhibit beneficial anti-inflammatory effects among subjects with periodontal diseases.

Finally, probiotics may aid patients with oral malodor. Two studies have shown that probiotics infused into a mouthrinse, lozenge, chewing gum or tablet can significantly decrease oral malodor within four weeks.7,8

“Though most of these trials included a small number of participants and were conducted over a brief timeframe, it appears that probiotics may exert their effect both in the oral cavity and systemically,” Rothen says. “For example, locally they may compete with pathogenic bacteria for adhesion sites in the oral cavity, while at the same time stimulating the host’s immune response or reducing the inflammatory response.”

Optimizing Your Probiotics Usage

Optimizing the beneficial effects of probiotics requires accurate education provided by the dental team. Clinicians need to explain specifically how probiotics may improve a patient’s oral health, which should be followed by instructions on how to properly use the product.

“For example,” DeBowes says, “GUM® PerioBalance® lozenges should be used once daily for at least 28 consecutive days. To get the greatest result from these lozenges, they should dissolve in the mouth over a 10-minute period immediately following the patients’ oral hygiene regimen. Nothing else should be utilized in the mouth for at least 30 minutes afterward.”

Probiotic’s side effects are typically mild and include gas and bloating.6Probiotic products are not for everyone, however. DeBowes and Rothen agree that immunocompromised patients should avoid probiotic supplements because of potential negative side effects in this patient population.

It’s Only Getting BETTER!

Probiotics show promise in their ability to reduce the severity of dental caries, periodontal diseases and oral malodor by incorporating good bacteria into the oral cavity and helping to restore the balance of a healthy mouth. As more research is conducted on probiotics, it is likely to solidify their therapeutic applications, and perhaps reveal new ones. This is good news for dental hygienists and their patients, who will potentially enjoy an expanding set of easy-to-use tools for preventive care.

Article sources:
1. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. An introduction to probiotics. Available at: nccam.nih.gov/health/probiotics/introduction.htm. Accessed December 26, 2012.
2. Kelsch N. Understanding advances in naturally occurring probiotics—their role in a new daily oral health care regimen. Compend Contin Educ Dent Suppl. 2011;32:18–20.
3. Harini PM, Anegundi RT. Efficacy of a probiotic and chlorhexidine mouth rinses: a short-term clinical study. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2010:28:179–182.
4. Twetman S, Stecksen-Blicks C. Probiotics and oral health effects in children. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2008;18:3–10.
5. Staab B, Eick S, Knofler G, Jentsch H. The influence of probiotic milk drink on the development of gingivitis: a pilot study. J Clin Periodontol. 2009;36:850–856.
6. Riccia DN, Bizzini F, Perilli MG, et al. Anti-inflammatory effects of Lactobacillus brevis (CD2) on periodontal disease. Oral Dis. 2007;13:376–385.
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8. Iwamoto T, Suzuki N, Tanabe K, Takeshita T, Hirofuji T. Effects of probiotic Lactobacillus salivarius (WB21) on halitosis and oral health: an open-label pilot trial. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2010;110:201–208
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Dr. Sally Kashani DDS – Top Dentist in Hollywood!

Dr. Sally Kashani DDS is one of the Top Dentists located in Hollywood. Her sincere passion to provide outstanding dental care to her patients is at the forefront of why many patients love her. She’s not only knowledgeable in the field of dentistry but super friendly and compassionate – aspects that separate great dentists from good dentists.

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What a New Patient Can Expect at Dr. Kashani’s Office

• Comfortable Environment
• Very Friendly Staff
• Latest Technology

Refreshments, the latest magazines, you can expect a great environment that caters to your needs at Dr. Sally’s full service cosmetic & restorative dentistry office in Hollywood, CA.

“Full service” means Dr. Kashani offers all procedures whether it’s a routine dental check-up, teeth whitening, or periodontal surgery. Dr. Sally wants you to achieve the best smile you can!

Her latest video gives you an inside scoop on what it means to be a patient at her private dental practice located in the beautiful city known as Hollywood. It’s only a taste of what’s to come… enjoy!

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TMJ Pain and Myofacial Pain Protocol Clenching/Jaw Muscle Relieving Exercises

tmj jaw pain muscle exercisesSigns and Symptoms: While people may notice their clenching and grinding habits, they may not be aware that its causing headaches, teeth damage and jaw pain that can progressively can get worse. A sudden onset of signs and symptoms include muscle pain, stiffness, limited range of motion in jaws, pain on opening the jaws, headaches, fullness in the ear, pain on pushing on the muscle and joints.

Management

1. Soft Diet – Avoid hard foods (e.g hard meat, junk food, chewing gum). Hard foods delay the healing process. A soft diet will allow your chewing muscles to rest.

2. Moist Heat
– Use a HOT WATER BOTTLE or roll a bath towel lengthwise, wet it, fold and place in a plastic bag. Put in a microwave and heat on high for 5 mins. Carefully remove, and cover with additional bags to prevent burning. Put around your jaws or neck or anywhere that is sore. Keep on for 20 min. Do this 3 times a day. The benefits are reduction of pain, vasodilatation and increase in blood circulation in your muscles and joints.

3. Medications – Medications are to be taken by your doctor as directed. Ibuprofen (like MOTRIN or ADVIL) has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for muscle and joint pain relief. If you are able to take Ibuprofen, take 400-600 mg every 6 hours for a few days until you notice the pain getting better. Muscle relaxers can also be prescribed by your Dentist and can often cause drowsiness. Pain meds and muscle relaxants are usually given for short term.

4. Splint Therapy
– Occlusal splint therapy is a non invasive method of managing pain. Oral appliances such as occlusal guards or night guards are used to help muscle relaxation and decrease the damaging effects of grinding and clenching at night. They are similar to orthodontic retainers but are not used to move teeth. They are made out of thick resin and used primarily at night to help stabilize the jaws. They can also be worn during the day.

5. Stress Reduction
– Stress may increase muscle tension and affect sleep. Try to reduce daily stress and start to take notice of when you are clenching or grinding your teeth during the day at stressful moments. Make sure you breathe deeply in through the nose and out though the mouth. Keep your posture erect to help relieve muscles.

6. Muscle Exercises
– Relaxing and stretching your jaw muscles will significantly help relieve pain and train them to be in a normal healthy
position. If you have acute pain, wait until you can function better before doing hinge exercises.

Tongue Up
– Rest tongue gently in “N” position at roof of mouth. Saying N will help you find the position. Do not touch upper teeth.
– Do not press or hold tongue, your tongue should naturally be in this position. This helps to keep the teeth apart and relax the jaw muscles.
– Practice this every night before going to bed to help reduce grinding and clenching habits

Teeth Apart
– Keep teeth slightly apart at all times except when chewing and talking
– Lip relaxed
– Breathe through nose if possible

Hinge Exercise
– Place the of tongue on the middle of the roof of mouth (further than “N” position)
– Open and close mouth 1 to 2 finger width apart smoothly and rhythmically.
– Do not touch teeth with tongue
– Do 5 sets, 5 times a day. Try it in while in traffic, sitting at your desk and before going to bed
– You can also do this exercise and hold the potion for 5 seconds each time to help relieve muscle soreness.

These muscle exercises will help train your jaw muscles to stay relax and relieve tightness. Overtime reduces with clenching and grinding as well.

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