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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is visiting the dentist so important?

Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it helps prevents tooth decay, periodontal disease, bad breath, while giving you a more strong, attractive smile.

How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?

Maintaining your oral health between visits is very important and includes always remembering to brush with fluoride toothpaste and floss your teeth at least two times a day (including your tongue!), avoid tobacco and foods with a lot of sugar and to schedule routine checkups at least every six months.

How often should I see the dentist?

Children, teens and adults alike should see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year.

What is TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)?

The temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects the jaw to the skull, allowing your jaw to move. Problems with this joint can occur for many reasons – grinding or clenching the teeth, arthritis of this joint, and stress, to name a few.

What are the symptoms of TMD?

The most common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain in the jaw area
  • Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
  • Frequent headaches or neck aches
  • Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
  • Swelling on the sides of the face
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area
  • A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
  • Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
Is there anything I can do to alleviate TMD pain on my own?

There are some steps that you can take to help alleviate some, if not all, of your TMD pain:

  • Relax your face — remember this rule: “Lips together, teeth apart”
  • Avoid constant gum chewing
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
  • Practice good posture — keep your head up, back straight and shoulders squared
How does Botox work in the treatment of TMD?

Botox relieves TMD by relaxing the muscles of the head and neck. When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, Botox relieves TMD by preventing the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.

Is dental Botox safe?

Dental and cosmetic Botox has been on the consumer market with full FDA and Health Canada approval for over 10 years with over 2,400 extensively researched medical studies. Botox is completely safe when administrated correctly by trained professionals.

Will Botox freeze my jaw muscles?

Botox affects muscles by decreasing the intensity of muscle contractions. It doesn’t mean that your muscles won’t function—it just relaxes the muscles enough to prevent extreme contractions, which can cause pain.

Will other parts of my face be affected by the Botox treatment?

Only the muscle areas injected with Botox will be relaxed. Botox treatment for TMD therapy will not affect muscles anywhere else in your body.