Smoking weakens dental pulp’s ability to fight illness and disease, according to the Case Western University School of Dental Medicine, further weakening the teeth’s defense mechanisms. “That might explain why smokers have poorer endodontic outcomes and delayed healing than non-smokers,” said Anita Aminoshariae, DDS, MS, associate professor of endodontics and director of predoctoral endodontics. The…

One of the most difficult concepts to get across to my TMD patients and other doctors is the connectivity of the Jaw and the Neck. In fact, it is my strong belief that TMD/TMJ should really be classified as a Craniocervical Disease and hence fall under the umbrella of medical coverage rather than treated strictly…

During a recent meeting with a new colleague, a question was posed to me: “What makes us choose to dedicate so much of our practice to the treatment of TMD?” In my mind my initial response was “duhh” it’s only the foundation of all we do in the mouth! This question struck me strange at…

For many years we have known that heavy snoring causes major increase in risk of carotid Atherosclerosis and stroke. This has been widely established through published research. One such research published in “Sleep” the journal of sleep disorders shows that this risk in independent of the risk for sleep apnea and nocturnal hypoxia. Carotid Atherosclerosis…

After the last two blogs, a number of people had asked me about the connection of TMD and Sleep Apnea, and even the origins of these issues.  I am sure that many more had the same question in mind but did not ask.  After all what is a dentist doing speaking about sleep apnea and snoring. In…

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