What’s the connection between these painful conditions? Dear Doctor, Four years ago, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and just recently I was diagnosed with temporomandibular disorder (TMD). I’ve heard it is not uncommon to have both conditions. What’s the connection between fibromyalgia and TMD? Dear Noelle, Both temporomandibular disorders (sometimes called TMD or TMJ) and…

Inhale, exhale, and take note: Did you breathe through your nose or your mouth? Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose may seem like a trivial concern, but when mouth breathing becomes habitual, various oral health problems may result. For example, a dry mouth can lead to increased oral bacteria; this puts chronic mouth…

My dentist consultant suggested that “drilling” is a “scary” term and we might use others that have less of a “cringe” factor. Maybe it’s “preparing the tooth, adjusting the tooth enamel, removing the decay, or smoothing the tooth surface with a diamond instrument.” After a recent dental visit, I went to meet with a colleague….

If you have followed the sequence of my other blogs about TMJ pain and TMJ Disorder in general, by now you could come to the following conclusion on your own. Dentistry is closely related to the functional and dynamic systems of the body. This relation which has been termed an “Elegant Ecology” is so intertwined…

While at work the other day, I received an email notification from my oldest and most popular blog on TMJ/TMD Pain Relief matters. While reading it and in my mind formulating my answer to a TMJ and TMD Prototypical Patient, I realized that the post really deserved its own thread. I am including the post…

Frequent headaches could be a sign of Jaw/ Head misalignment. Physiologic dentistry can help, call us and let’s make an evaluation that could change your quality of life.

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…

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