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 healthcare. That's why our Amherst, NH 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.
Customized counseling is a way to address your specific issues, and it also helps you build a relationship with our compassionate Amherst, NH dentist. This is your time to ask questions and take away the best advice for your healthcare.
Dr. Edwards enjoys building relationships with his patients. When you’re with us, you are family.
If you would like more information about TMJ or Nutrition Counseling, give us a call at (603) 673-0782. Also get in touch if you would like to schedule an appointment with our top Amherst, NH dentist today.
Be sure to check out some of our most frequently asked questions about nutrition counseling and TMJ/TMD below.
- What is TMD/TMJ?
- What causes TMD?
- I'm afraid of the dentist. Can you help me?
- Will my insurance cover TMD treatment?
How does nutrition counseling keep my 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.
Why do you offer nutrition counseling?
Dr. Edwards wants you to have a healthy smile for life, and he knows that nutrition—including supplements—contributes to your oral and physical health.
While avoiding sugary snacks and beverages, brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting our dental office twice-yearly for exams and cleanings is crucial, it’s also important to consider your dental health from the inside out. What can you change today to make your teeth healthier tomorrow?
What is TMD/TMJ?
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. But the extreme flexibility of this joint means that a lot of things can go wrong.
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 earaches
- 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.
What causes TMD?
There are many causes and risk factors associated with TMD, and it can be caused by any of the following:
- Bone erosion or alignment issues
- Damaged cartilage
Also, you may be at an increased risk for TMD if one or more of the following describes you:
- Jaw injury
- Grinding or clenching your teeth while sleeping
- Connective tissue disorders
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 the 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.
I’m afraid of the dentist. Can you help me?
If you have been avoiding the dentist because of dental fear or anxiety, you don't have to put off your visit any longer! Dr. Edwards and the staff of our Amherst, NH dental office have decades of experience helping anxious patients. We will help you remain calm and comfortable during your visit.
Knowledge and understanding can be powerful tools against dental fear. We will take the time to explain your treatment and answer any questions you may have. When you know what is happening in your mouth and why dental treatment is necessary, it can help calm fears about your dental visits.
We will also ensure your comfort throughout your time in the dentist's chair. If you would like a blanket, let us know. You can also bring headphones to listen to music during your procedure.
Your oral health is important. We want to help you overcome the fears that are keeping you from a healthy, happy smile, and we have the skills and experience you need. Call our office today to schedule an examination.
Will my insurance cover TMD treatment?
Our office is partnered with Delta Dental and Cigna as a participating provider. If you are insured under either of these companies, you can be fairly confident that necessary dental care will be covered by your plan. If we think there will be a problem with your insurance coverage, we will let you know at the time of your treatment estimate.
At Family Dental Care, we know that dealing with insurance companies can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. That's why we will bill all insurance companies as a courtesy to our patients. The office staff of Amherst, NH dentist Dr. Edwards will do their best to get your claim paid by your insurance. You will be financially responsible for any balance not covered by your insurance company.
Some procedures may not be covered by your insurance, such as cosmetic dentistry. If your plan does not cover a procedure, Dr. Edwards and his staff will discuss your options. These options may include alternative treatment options and payment arrangements for your out-of-pocket expenses if you opt to proceed with the uncovered procedure. Even if your insurance states a procedure is not covered, we will bill your insurance to verify whether a payment can be made.
If you have further questions about your insurance coverage or want to schedule an appointment, call our Amherst, NH dental office today.