Some Tips to Maintain Your Oral Health

Tips Provided For Brushing Teeth.

In a consumer-directed article, the New Zealand Herald (4/20) states, “Despite your best efforts, you might not be taking proper care of your choppers.” Given this, the article provides tips for brushing teeth, recommending people brush for at least two minutes, hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, use gentle strokes, and brush all surfaces of the teeth and the tongue.

Also discussing proper brushing techniques, the Daily Mail (4/20, Mailonline) states that failing to brush teeth properly “can lead to a build up of plaque – which causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease.”

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on the proper brushing technique.

Clicking, Popping During Jaw Movement Among TMJ Symptoms.

The San Antonio Business Journal (4/20, Subscription Publication) reports that people suffering from disorders of the temporomandibular joint may experience a clicking or popping of the jaw, locking of the jaw, headaches, earaches, and difficulty moving the jaw. The article states that “TMJ disorders can make it difficult to eat, speak and even breathe,” encouraging people to seek medical attention if their symptoms do not subside with conservative treatment, such as eating softer foods, using heat or ice packs, and trying gentle jaw exercises.

        MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on TMJ.