Nutrition and TMJ Counseling in Amherst, NH
Many services these days come in a “one size fits all” package. At Family Dental Care, we know this approach doesn't always work, especially when it comes to your health care. That's why Amherst dentist Dr. Edwards offers customized counseling services. We can address your specific circumstances and make sure your needs are met, instead of trying to fit you into a cookie-cutter solution.
Nutrition Counseling Can Keep Your Teeth Healthy
There are many ways to improve the health of your teeth and gums, and a lot of them are well-known: limit intake of sugary sodas and sweets; keep tooth-staining coffee, tea, and wine to a minimum; if you're a smoker, try to quit. What you may not know is that nutrition can affect your oral health in a number of other ways, too.
Dr. Edwards will perform an oral examination so that your nutrition counseling is customized to you. He can then review with you the types of foods to incorporate into your diet and which foods to avoid to improve your oral health. Nutrition counseling can also include a recommendation for supplements that can help build stronger teeth and healthier gums.
If you are dealing with an underlying medical condition that is affecting your oral health, such as cancer or diabetes, we can refer you to a licensed dietician for further counseling.
TMJ/TMD: A Complex Problem Needs a Customized Solution
TMJ or TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The temporomandibular joint is the place where your jaw connects to your skull. This joint is very flexible, allowing you to talk, eat, laugh, smile, and yawn. The extreme flexibility of this joint means that a lot of things can go wrong, though.
There are a variety of causes and symptoms of TMD. TMD can be caused by an improper bite, an injury to your jaw, arthritis, or other issues. It can be hard to diagnose, because many of the symptoms can look like other issues, such as a toothache or sinus problems. If you have any of the following symptoms, they could be a sign of TMD:
- Headaches, neck aches, or ear aches
- Popping or clicking noises when you move your jaw
- Tenderness around your jaw
- Pain in the jaw when chewing, yawning, or moving your mouth
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Jaw pain that gets worse in the morning or evening
If you have one or more of the above symptoms, Dr. Edwards will examine your teeth and jaw, discuss your symptoms, and take x-rays to determine if TMD is the cause.
Depending on the cause of your TMD, there are many paths of treatment. We always prefer to start with a conservative treatment plan. If conservative treatment doesn't relieve the symptoms, we can try more in-depth treatment options.
We may recommend a variety of treatment methods, including anti-inflammatory medications, heat and ice pack treatment, a bite guard to help with misaligned teeth or jaw clenching, and relaxation techniques. Our first priority is to create a method of treatment that will benefit you most, and we have many tools that we can use to customize your treatment to fit your lifestyle and your situation.
Call our Amherst dental office today to schedule an appointment if you have questions about nutrition, TMD, or other concerns. We want to help you with a one of a kind treatment plan that suits you.