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Is Chewing Gum Increasing the Pain in Your Jaw?

Posted on 9/21/2020 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
You may enjoy a big, pink piece of bubble gum, or a nice little, minty gum to freshen your breath. But could that chewing gum be the cause of your jaw pain? In a nutshell… yes. If You Suffer From Jaw Pain, You May Need to Ditch The Chewing Gum When you chew gum, you are using your jaw muscles, and it is a pretty good workout for them. The problem is, you may be overworking those muscles, leading to jaw pain, or even TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), a condition that leads to chronic pain in your jaw. If you already suffer from jaw pain or TMJ, you could make matters worse, but working those jaw muscles, so you can enjoy some chewing gum. We often chew on only one side of our mouths, without even realizing it. It is especially common when chewing gum, and can create an imbalance in your jaw, causing poor jaw and tooth alignment. It may not seem like a big deal, but a jaw not aligned properly, could lead to oral surgery. Choose Something Else, Rather Than Chewing Gum...
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What Exactly Is Cone Beam Technology?

Posted on 9/7/2020 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
Have you heard of cone beam technology? It does not refer to a science fiction tool or process. Rather, this form of 3D imaging is used in the OMS and dental fields to take more comprehensive images. To learn how the technology works and the equipment used, review the following content. What Is a Cone Beam CT? Computer tomography (CT) that is supported by a dental cone beam is a type of x-ray imaging used when we need more diagnostic information from an x-ray. A cone beam CT is not used frequently, as the radiation emitted is higher than regular x-rays. Cone beam technology allows the user to create 3D images of neural paths, oral structures, and craniofacial bones using one scan. Therefore, a cone beam CT is not like a traditional CT. Instead, a cone of light is directed around the patient to produce images. By using a cone beam CT, we can assess diseases of the jaw bone along with a patient's facial structures, dentition, the sinuses, and nasal cavity. While cone beam...
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Danger of Not Treating the Causes of Dry Mouth

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
Dry mouth is a condition commonly known as xerostomia. This happens when the salivary glands within the mouth are not producing enough saliva to keep the mouth healthy. We will discuss what saliva does for our oral health, what can happen if we ignore the signs of dry mouth and any health issues that could potentially cause it. What Causes Dry Mouth? Dry mouth will often cause someone to experience extreme dryness within the mouth. This can often be a direct result of dehydration and not drinking enough fluid. Some other health conditions like diabetes can also affect the production of saliva, as well as smoking, stress, breathing through the mouth, antidepressants, aging, anxiety, and radiation therapy on the head or neck. Complications as a Result of Dry Mouth If a patient suffers from dry mouth, they can also start experiencing bad breath, cracked lips, and a dry throat. While dry mouth isn't a serious condition, it can be a sign of underlying medical conditions that...
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All Posts:



Is Chewing Gum Increasing the Pain in Your Jaw?
9/21/2020
What Exactly Is Cone Beam Technology?
9/7/2020
Danger of Not Treating the Causes of Dry Mouth
8/24/2020
Some People Notice Tooth and Jaw Pain After Falling
8/10/2020
Exercise Restrictions Following Oral Surgery
7/23/2020
Steps to Take if Your Teeth are Damaged After Falling Down
7/7/2020
Dangers Associated with Osteonecrosis
6/22/2020
X-Rays and Scans That Can Make Oral Surgery Easier
6/8/2020
Uses of Platelet Rich Plasma
5/29/2020
You Never Want to Face Osteonecrosis Here is Why
5/15/2020
Does a Clicking Jaw Mean You Need Jaw Surgery?
4/20/2020
How the Enamel of Your Teeth Bonds with Your Jawbone
4/10/2020
Snoring Can Lead to A Sore Mouth and Even Speed Up Tooth Loss
3/20/2020
Today
3/10/2020
Is a Salt Water Rinse Helpful After Oral Surgery?
2/20/2020
Signs a Root Canal Has Failed and May Need to Be Repeated
2/10/2020
What We Can Do When Your Wisdom Teeth Come In Awkwardly
1/20/2020
How We Can Help You Treat Sleep Apnea
1/10/2020
It is Vital to Keep Your Mouth Clean Following any Oral Surgery Procedure
12/20/2019
Managing Cheek Swelling After Oral Surgery
12/10/2019
Smoking is Only One Risk Factor for Oral Cancer - What Are Others?
11/20/2019
Things to Know Prior to Oral Cancer Surgery
11/10/2019
Does Chewing Gum Cause TMJ Pain?
10/20/2019
Exercising Your Jaw Could Prevent an Increase in TMJ Pain
10/10/2019
How Sleep Apnea is Treated with Oral Appliances
9/20/2019
Important Ways to Decrease Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
9/10/2019
How to Manage Pain from an Impacted Canine
8/20/2019
Do All Underbites Require Oral Surgery?
8/10/2019
How Your Diet Can Help You Manage Your TMJ
7/20/2019
Oral Health Boosts You Get from Bone Grafts
7/10/2019
You Should Not Wake Up to Daily Jaw Pain
6/20/2019
Your Morning Routine Should Not Include Chronic Jaw Pain
6/10/2019
Reasons We Have to Split Some Teeth to Remove Them
5/20/2019
Should You Wear a Mouth Guard to Protect Your Teeth During Sleep?
5/10/2019
You May Be Struggling with Sleep Apnea and Be Totally Unaware
4/20/2019
Would You Recognize a TMJ Problem?
4/10/2019
Sedation Options to Consider Prior to Oral Surgery
3/20/2019
Signs You Hurt Your Jaw During a Recent Automobile Accident
3/10/2019
Can Rinsing with Salt Water Increase How Quickly You Recover from Oral Surgery?
2/20/2019
Bone Grafts Are Common Procedures to Help Improve Your Oral Health
2/10/2019
Why You Want to Avoid Chewing Gum if You Struggle with TMJ Pain
1/20/2019
What Options You Have for a Broken Wisdom Tooth
1/10/2019
How Sinus Pain and Tooth Pain Are Related
12/10/2018
How We Come Up with an Oral Cancer Treatment Plan
11/25/2018
Times Where Jaw Reconstruction Surgery May Be the Best Option for Oral Health
11/15/2018
How We Can Help if You Struggle with a Crown Fracture
10/20/2018
Orofacial Pain Does Not Need to Rule Your Life
10/10/2018
How to Tell if You Have a Fractured Tooth
9/20/2018
How We Can Help with Reconstruction After an Accident That Injured Your Face
9/10/2018
Many Can Treat Their Bruxism with a Mouth Guard
8/23/2018
Are There Surgical Options for Jaw Pain?
8/13/2018
Does Your Jaw Hurt Following a Car Crash?
7/20/2018
Why You Need to Come In When You Have a Toothache and a Fever
6/23/2018
Unusual Causes of Jaw Pain
6/13/2018
What to Do in the First 24 Hours After an Extraction to Care for Your Mouth
5/23/2018
Bone Grafts and Dental Implants
5/13/2018
What to Do if You Find an Oral Cyst
4/23/2018
Types of Facial Infections an Oral Surgeon Can Help With
4/13/2018
Types of Injuries You Should See an Oral Surgeon For
3/23/2018
Things to Know Prior to the Removal of an Impacted Tooth
3/13/2018
Symptoms of a Broken Jaw
2/23/2018
How to Best Control Post Oral Surgery Bleeding
2/13/2018
Foods to Avoid When Your Jaw Hurts
1/25/2018
How Dental Implants Stop Jaw Resorption
1/15/2018
What to Avoid Right After Getting a Bone Graft
12/23/2017
What is Safe to Do Following Any Type of Oral Surgery?
12/13/2017
Signs Your Pain Stems from a TMD
11/27/2017
Salt Water Boosts Recovery Following Oral Surgery
11/17/2017
When to Extract an Impacted Tooth
10/25/2017
When an Abscess Should Have Surgery
10/15/2017
Surviving the First Day Following an Oral Graft
9/27/2017
Signs of Oral Cancer You May Notice at Home
9/17/2017
What Options Do You Have for a Cross Bite?
8/25/2017
How Long Should It Take for Teeth in a Day to Heal?
8/15/2017
Why Your Jaw May Hurt Even Days Following an Auto Accident
7/30/2017
Reasons You May Need Dental Surgery
7/23/2017
What Your Oral Surgeon Can Do When You Have Sinus Pain
6/30/2017
Preparing for Oral Surgery - What to Have On Hand
6/20/2017
Is Gum Safe to Chew When You Have TMJ?
5/30/2017
Boosting Your Own Health Following a Bone Graft
5/20/2017
Why Your Oral Surgeon Should Check Your Mouth After an Auto Accident
4/27/2017
What Options Do You Have to Treat TMJ Pain at Home?
4/17/2017
Why an Extraction is So Traumatic to Your Gums and Surrounding Teeth
3/30/2017
Foods That Can Cause Issues with Healing After an Oral Procedure
3/20/2017

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