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Posted by on 11:40 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Snap, Crackle, Pop? How To Get Relief From Your TMJ

Your eyes flutter open in the peaceful morning light, and you smile, stretching your arms above your head and yawning wide – crack. Most people, sometime in their lives, will have their jaw crack in the morning, but for people who clench their teeth, it can become so common that it would border on tedium if not for the discomfort and/or pain that accompanies the crack. If you’re looking for ways to not only prevent the pain and cracking but also to stop the damage to your jaw from getting worse, then here’s what you need to know. Guard Your Mouth Mouth guards are fantastic for many athletic activities, but they can also protect your jaw and teeth against the wear and tear that accompanies people who clench their teeth at night. However, you shouldn’t just go to the supermarket and pick up the first mouth guard that looks like it’ll fit; going to your dentist (who has probably already noticed that you clench during the night) and asking for a dental mouth guard ensures not only a perfect fit, but also a more comfortable experience than just shoving a hunk of plastic in your mouth. Change Your Pillow Your pillow won’t cause you to clench, per se, but it can definitely exacerbate your clenching tendencies if it doesn’t support your head and jaw. For best relief, try to learn to sleep on your back, and invest in a memory foam pillow. Memory foam will perfectly contour itself to your shape and support you without feeling obnoxious or bulky. Lots of the pillows can be heated or chilled as well, which can help you get more comfortable if sleeping on your back feels a bit unnatural. For even more help, consider a memory foam pillow with aromatics built in; smells like lavender and eucalyptus can help relax your muscles and your brain, leading to better and more restorative sleep. Up Your Magnesium You’ve probably heard that the majority of your health depends on your nutrition, and the health of your jaw muscles is no exception to this general rule. In order to relieve the tension in your jaw muscles from the inside out, try upping the amount of magnesium you ingest. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and purchase a ton of magnesium supplements – try including more foods that naturally contain magnesium, such as nuts, seeds (such as pumpkin or other squash seeds), avocado, and all types of fish. Click for more...

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Posted by on 10:39 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things Hypertension Sufferers Need To Know About Gingival Overgrowth

Gingival overgrowth, also called gingival hyperplasia, refers to the abnormal growth of your gum tissues. This condition can occur as a side effect of a wide range of prescription medications, including the calcium-channel blockers you’re taking to control your blood pressure. Here are three things hypertension sufferers need to know about gingival overgrowth. How do hypertension drugs cause gingival overgrowth? Calcium-channel blockers work by widening your blood vessels to allow more blood to pass through them. However, these drugs also have other effects within your body, and researchers still aren’t completely sure how they cause gingival overgrowth. One theory is that the drugs affect your calcium metabolism, which plays a role in the replacement of your gum tissues. Normally, your gum cells are constantly dying off and being replaced with new cells, just like the rest of the cells in your body. When you take calcium channel blockers, this process appears to be interrupted; new cells continue to build up, but the old ones don’t die and slough off like they should. Another theory is that the drug interacts with your proinflammatory cytokines. In simple terms, proinflammatory cytokines are responsible for telling your other cells what to do. Under the influence of calcium-channel blockers, they may instruct your gums to produce more collagen, which makes them grow. Not everyone who takes calcium-channel blockers experiences gingival overgrowth. Poor oral hygiene is a major contributing factor, so while you’re taking these drugs, be vigilant about brushing and flossing. Frequent visits to your dentist for professional cleanings have also been shown to help stave off gingival overgrowth. What are the signs of gingival overgrowth? Gingival overgrowth is fairly easy to identify. You’ll notice that your gums are larger than they used to be—especially in between your teeth—and are now covering part of your teeth. This overgrowth can be asymptomatic, but your gums may bleed or feel sore. If you experience these symptoms, see your dentist right away and make sure to mention that you’re taking calcium-channel blockers. Can gingival overgrowth be reversed? Your dentist control your overgrowth by thoroughly cleaning your mouth. After your appointment, you’ll need to be meticulous about your oral hygiene routine. This may be the only treatment you need for your gingival overgrowth, but if your gums don’t recede, your dentist can surgically remove the excess tissue. If you’re taking calcium-channel blockers to control your hypertension and have noticed that your gums are growing, see a dentist at right...

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