Posts Categorized: TMJ

3 Ways Stress Can Harm Your Oral Health

It’s no secret that high stress can negatively affect our health. Prolonged periods of too much stress has been linked to heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, obesity, and difficulty in managing diabetes. But at our dental office in Reston, we know that increased stress can also harm your oral health. Gum Disease Since increased stress levels… Read more »

Migraine Awareness Month

June is recognized as National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month and serves to not only educate the population on this debilitating illness, but also to increase funding to advance migraine research and treatment options. While numerous causes can be to blame, our dental office in Manassas wants to take a closer look at how migraines… Read more »

What Exactly is Occlusion?

At our dental offices in Manassas, Reston, Gainesville, and Fairfax, we’re often asked what certain technical dental terms mean, and we’re always happy to explain them. Which brings us to the topic of the day: Occlusion. What is occlusion? What are we looking at when we talk about it? Why does it matter? We’re glad… Read more »

Are Lip & Cheek Biting Actually Bad for You?

You know the feeling. You’re happily chewing away on your lunch, talking with a coworker when all of a sudden, you hear a crunch. You feel the pain. You realize you’ve just bit your cheek (or lip, or tongue — doesn’t really matter, it all hurts!). This painful accident can be an ongoing problem for… Read more »

Lockjaw vs. Jaw Lock: Are They The Same Thing?

Lockjaw and jaw lock are two very similar terms that could mean two very different things. While both insinuate the jaw becoming stuck, or ‘locked,’ and both can have similar symptoms, only one is actually related to dentistry. At our dental offices in Manassas, Reston, and Gainesville, we want to explain the difference between the… Read more »

Migraines and Your Dental Health

Each June the American Headache & Migraine Association (AHMA) observes Migraine & Headache Awareness Month to bring knowledge and understanding about these disorders that plague nearly one out of eight Americans. So what’s this have to do with our dental offices in Manassas, Reston, and Gainesville? More than you may think. What’s the Difference Between… Read more »

Holiday Stress and Your Teeth

It’s that time again. Time for feasts, family, shopping, and all the craziness the holidays bring. Between scheduling parties, buying presents, cooking food, and finding room for the in-laws who just told you last week they’re staying the whole month (ahh!!), stress levels are bound to be high. When we’re stressed, our bodies can become… Read more »

Therapeutic Care Approaches for TMJ Disorders

Headaches, muscle pain and tension, jaw popping, and even premature tooth wear can all be the effects of chronic TMJ disorders. Many times, patients don’t seek out therapeutic options until their pain is so severe that it interferes with their daily activities or lifestyle. A variety of approaches have been used in dentistry to treat… Read more »