GNM (gnathological neuromuscular dentistry) Offering TMJ Treatment

I am excited to announce that I have completed training with Clayton Chan, DDS in GNM (gnathological neuromuscular dentistry).

I can provide treatment for jaw joint problems, TMJ dysfunction and associated symptoms, which includes popping and clicking on the jaw joint, painful the opening and closing of your mouth, certain types of a headache, clenching and grinding problems.

If you experience any of these problems, please contact us for an evaluation. This approach is reversible and it is much different than traditional methods of treatment.

Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day

From the “Kiss Me” messages on tiny candy hearts to romantic songs on the radio, a kiss is probably on your list this Valentine’s Day. Before cozying up to your loved one this year, make sure your mouth is in good health because, as it turns out, a kiss is more than just a kiss. 

Kissing stimulates saliva, which can help fight cavities. However, if the person you’re kissing has poor dental and overall health, you run the risk of getting unwanted germs, illnesses or diseases instead of candy, flowers or cards this Valentine’s Day.

Here’s what you need to know about making your smile a vision of love for February 14. 

Cavities Can Be Contagious

Whether through kissing or something as simple as sharing a fork, the bacteria that causes cavities can spread to another person. Brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth once a day for cleaner kisses and a cavity-free smile.

Beware Bad Breath

Bacteria is a big culprit of bad breath, so regular habits like brushingand flossing are especially important. Other ways to stay fresh are over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwashes or chewing sugarless gum. Both can freshen your breath instantly and get saliva flowing—especially after you eat foods with a strong scent. (And look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on both!)

Share a Life (But Not a Toothbrush)

For many couples, a big relationship step is keeping a toothbrush at each other’s place. Just make sure you each have your own because sharing toothbrushes also means sharing germs.

Brighten Your Smile

Nothing is more attractive than a confident smile. If whitening makes you feel better about yours, talk to your dentist about which option is best.  There are a number of over-the-counter whitening products, or you could get an in-office treatment at your dentist. 

Don’t Forget !

Your regular visit to our office can help keep your mouth at its best all year long. Dr. Mansell can help keep you healthy, discuss any concerns and give more advice on keeping your smile fresh.

Credits: ADA Moutmouthhealthy.org

New Year’s Resolutions

It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late January may increase your anxiety. When your holiday decorations are packed up and stored away, the frustration of an unused gym membership or other reminders of failed resolutions can make the later winter months feel hopeless.

However, it is important to remember that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes. It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for,” says psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. “Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.”

By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year, incorporating healthy behavior into your everyday life. APA offers these tips when thinking about a News Year’s resolution:

Start small 

Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.

Change one behavior at a time

Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Thus, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.

Talk about it

Share your experiences with family and friends. Consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym or a group of coworkers quitting smoking. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.

Don’t beat yourself up

Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.

Ask for support

Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens your resilience and ability to manage stress caused by your resolution. If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider seeking professional help. Psychologists are uniquely trained to understand the connection between the mind and body. They can offer strategies as to how to adjust your goals so that they are attainable, as well as help you change unhealthy behaviors and address emotional issues.

Credits: APANew Year’s ResolutionsNew Year’s ResolutionsNew Year’s Resolutions

Is Seltzer Bad For Your Dental Health?

Manufacturers add pressurized carbon dioxide to produce effervescence in a drink, which is essentially the process that makes those beloved seltzers bubbly and fizzy. This act of carbonation instantly makes the drink acidic ― and that acid can cause the tooth’s enamel to erode over time, according to Mark Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at New York University’s College of Dentistry.

Any and all acid in a drink can do this, whether it comes from seltzer, flavored sparkling water, diet or regular soda. Fruit juices, wine and coffee are all acidic, too, Wolff said.

Here’s the good news: Seltzer and flavored sparkling waters are better choices than fruit juice and soda. They are less acidic than other carbonated beverages and don’t contain added sugar. And, as you probably know by now, added sugar in beverages is not good for you when consumed consistently.

While acid softens tooth enamel, the occasional consumption of acidic beverages is no big deal, Wolff said. Within a half hour after drinking, the mouth begins to heal itself as saliva actually hardens enamel back up, Wolff explained.

But getting into the habit of nursing a carbonated drink could create a problem.

“It’s only a big deal if [the carbonated beverage] sits and roasts on the teeth hour after hour after hour,” Wolff told HuffPost. “If I leave a bottle of seltzer next to me and I drink it for the next two hours, I’ve actually bathed my teeth in acid for two solid hours.”

Wolff suggests to drink seltzer and sparkling waters in five to 10 minute bursts. This way, saliva can harden the tooth enamel again, a process that is disrupted if you’re consuming the beverage over a drawn-out period of time. Drinking through a straw can help as well.

Additionally, do not brush your teeth immediately after finishing an acidic drink. Brushing can further wear down already softened tooth enamel, according to The Mayo Clinic.

So, seltzer and flavored sparkling sodas can be a better pick than other products as long as you’re careful. But it is just as good as drinking water? Nope. (But you probably already knew that.)

“It’s very clear that water has the distinct advantage that it rinses the mouth, does not add calories, does not add acid to the system and keeps us hydrated,” Wolff said.

However, we know plain water can get boring sometimes. Try infusing fruit or herbs into your H2O to mix it up. For example, this strawberry, lime, cucumber and mint water is a game changer.

And then have the bubbly good stuff here and there, rather than all the time. Your body will appreciate it.

Credits: Huffington Post