Headache Behind the Ear – Share of Cost

Sunday, Jan. 14th 2024 8:29 AM

There are several causes of headaches behind the ear. A headache behind the ear refers to any pain that originates from that specific area of the head. Though headaches themselves are very common, headaches that occur exclusively behind the ear are fairly unusual. This type of headache pain can have several causes, from nerve injury to dental problems. The cause of the headache behind the ear will determine symptoms and treatment.With regards to dental problems. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) can cause aching behind the ear and it is usually accompanied by jaw pain. The temporomandibular joints are the ball and socket joints of the jaw. These joints can become inflamed and painful. While most people with TMJ inflammation feel pain in the jaw and behind the ear, others may just experience a headache behind the ear.

TMJ can be caused by:

stress 

tooth grinding 

arthritis 

injury 

jaw alignment 

If you feel you may have TMJ issues, talk it over with your dentist. As a dentist will be able to confirm if in fact that is the case and help treat it.

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Share of Cost – Prevention of Tooth Decay

Saturday, Jan. 13th 2024 6:08 AM

Tooth decay is the destruction of the outer surface of a tooth by acid-forming bacteria that is produced by food containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches).

Tooth Decay Prevention

Brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Preferably, brush after each meal and before bedtime to help reduce the bacteria from staying on your teeth for a certain length of time.

You may wish to consider these helpful tips as well:

– Floss your teeth daily to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

– Check with your dentist regarding the use of a supplemental fluoride which strengthens your teeth and helps prevent tooth decay.

– Consider dental sealants, which are a plastic like substance placed on the top of molars to protect the teeth from decay.

– Use mouth wash with fluoride. Many of them kill 50% or more of the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

– Chewing gum with the ingredient Xylitol may also kill some of the bacteria which causes tooth decay.

-Visit your dentist regularly

-Maintain dental insurance and or a dental plan to keep your dental cost low.

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Share of Cost – Children’s Tooth Decay 

Thursday, Jan. 11th 2024 6:02 AM

Tooth decay in children is an occurring health condition. Due to dental issues, children miss 52 million hours of school every year. If dental problems are left untreated, children will develop further health problems. 30% to 50% of children between 4 and 5 years old already struggle with tooth decay.    There are many reasons for this problem but a few are due to the fact that dental benefits are not provided through the parents’ employer. Some parents fail to acknowledge the importance of early dental care for kids. Children of low income families are more predisposed to developing tooth decay and dental care costs are too expensive for children.

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Share of Cost – Gum Disease and Blood Pressur

Tuesday, Jan. 9th 2024 6:36 PM

Gum Disease and Blood Pressure  Research shows that periodontitis, a severe gum disease, is linked to higher blood pressure in otherwise healthy individuals. This study of 500 adults with and without gum disease found that approximately 50% of adults could have undetected hypertension. Promotion of good oral health could help reduce gum disease and the risk of high blood pressure and its complications.

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Why Floss Your Teeth – Share of Cost

Sunday, Jan. 7th 2024 1:34 PM

While there are few studies available that specifically examined toothbrushes or floss alone, both are still essential. Floss is especially useful to remove interdental plaque for people who have tight space between their teeth. Floss also likely reduces the risk for cavities that come from between the teeth. 

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Why Brush Your Teeth – Share of Cost 

Friday, Jan. 5th 2024 6:23 PM

Tooth brushing is the cornerstone of daily oral hygiene and is a reliable way to control dental plaque. According to research, interdental brushes and water picks performed better than other interdental oral hygiene devices at reducing gingivitis, and both should be used in combination with daily tooth brushing to prevent gum disease.

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Share of Cost – Mental Health and Gum Disease

Wednesday, Jan. 3rd 2024 1:02 PM

Studies link gum disease to mental health conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gum, or periodontal disease and tooth decay are the two most serious conditions affecting dental health.   According to a new study by researchers in the U.K, the impact of periodontal disease may extend well beyond the mouth, increasing the risk of a range of serious health conditions.  The study finds that poor gum health is associated with a rise in mental health conditions, as well as autoimmune, cardiovascular, and cardiometabolic diseases.  The CDC notes that nearly half, 47.2%, of people older than 30 have some form of periodontal disease. For people 65 and older, that figure increases to 70.1%. 

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Share of Cost – Shoulder and Neck Pain Due to TMJ

Monday, Jan. 1st 2024 6:46 AM

Neck and shoulder pain. When your jaw bone isn’t closing properly, the surrounding tissue can suffer from pain, swelling and chronic stress. The jaw muscles play a role in maintaining proper head posture and also connect to muscles in your neck that are involved in spinal alignment. Unexplained neck, shoulder pain or even back pain may be related to TMJ disorder.

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Share of Cost – Headaches Due to TMJ

Friday, Dec. 29th 2023 11:31 AM

Headaches and TMJ Morning headaches can result from clenching or grinding your teeth at night, or from having misaligned teeth and an uneven bite, which places stress on the jaw. Tension headaches occur in as much as 70% of people with TMJ disorders, according to a December 2020 study. and TMJ Morning headaches can result from clenching or grinding your teeth at night, or from having misaligned teeth and an uneven bite, which places stress on the jaw. Tension headaches occur in as much as 70% of people with TMJ disorders, according to a December 2020 study.

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Share of Cost – Ear Pain Ear Pain Due to TMJ

Tuesday, Dec. 26th 2023 11:11 AM

Ear pain is often a warning sign of TMJ as it is a pretty common symptom. Nerves around the TMJ affect the nerves in and around the ear, and down the neck, so they can manifest pain anywhere in those general regions. Make sure to visit your dentist if you have unknown ear pain

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Share of Cost – Facial Pain Due to TMJ

Sunday, Dec. 24th 2023 11:08 AM

Facial pain can be a warning sign of TMJ. With the central facial location of the joint, pain can easily spread across your face. If you start to have an ache or pain in your face without knowing a direct cause, talk to your dentist and see if it is a TMJ issue.

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Jaw/Joint Noises Related to TMJ Clicking

Saturday, Dec. 23rd 2023 10:07 AM

Grating or popping sounds (possibly caused by injury) that may emanate from your jaw as it moves could be a warning sign of TMJ. If you are experiencing this make sure to speak to your dentist so he/she can verify the causing factor

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Share of Cost – TMJ and Chewing

Wednesday, Dec. 20th 2023 10:03 AM

Pain while chewing can be a sign of TMJ. When your jaw is rigid and tight, you feel discomfort with every bite you take. If you are experiencing such a pain while chewing, talk to your dentist

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Share of Cost – Key Muscles that Connect to TMJ

Monday, Dec. 18th 2023 10:01 AM

The following key muscles connect to the TMJ: Your TMJs are involved in many repetitive daily functions. Every time you open or close your mouth, chew, talk or yawn, the TMJ is active. The following are the key muscles that connect to the TMJ

  • Masseter. The most powerful jaw muscle in mastication, or chewing, the masseter, lifts your jaw and closes your mouth.
  • Pterygoid muscles. The lateral and medial pterygoids are involved in jaw-lifting, mouth-closing and sliding your jaw forward or from side to side.
  • Temporalis muscle. The temporalis, which runs from the temporal bone at each side of the head to the bony part of the lower jaw, is a chewing muscle involved in crushing and grinding. Your TMJs are involved in many repetitive daily functions. Every time you open or close your mouth, chew, talk or yawn, the TMJ is active.
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Brushing With A Wet Toothbrush – Share of Cost

Friday, Dec. 15th 2023 6:40 AM

Although you do not need to wet your toothbrush at all, there are some benefits to wetting your toothbrush before you start brushing your teeth. If you wet your toothbrush before adding your toothpaste, it helps to soften your toothbrush bristles and rinse off any debris. If you wet your toothbrush after adding toothpaste, it helps to ensure the toothpaste melts into your toothbrush so it doesn’t roll off. 

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Avoid Using to Much Toothpaste – Share of Cost

Tuesday, Dec. 12th 2023 9:32 AM

Did you know most people use too much toothpaste? You only need to use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste on your toothbrush. Most adults tend to think that it is necessary to cover the entire brushing surface of a toothbrush because of the way toothpaste is advertised on television and adds.

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