Do I have TMJ?

TMJ Treatment in Middletown, IN

Q. My mother had TMJ and had to wear a mouth guard. I have popping in my jaw but no pain. Do I have TMJ and how do you treat it?   A.  First, let’s get a few terms straight.  When people say they have ‘TMJ’, they are usually referring to Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).  TMJ… Continue reading

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How do I know if my child needs braces?

Dental Braces in Middletown, IN

Q. How do I know if my child needs braces?  Should we see the orthodontist? A. The key word in this question is ‘need’. Most of us are not lucky enough to be born with teeth in perfect alignment and ideal arch form. If perfectly straight teeth without overlap is the goal, the vast majority of… Continue reading

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What should I do to take care of my child’s teeth?

Pediatric Dentistry in Middletown, IN

  Q. What should I do to take care of my child’s teeth? A. I get this question often.  Below are the recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Best Practices for Pediatric Home Oral Care: Infants Practice good oral hygiene and seek dental care to avoid parental bacterial transmission. Minimize exposure to foods that can… Continue reading

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What if I can’t hold a toothbrush?

Q.  My husband has been dealing with Parkinson’s Disease for a couple years and I’ve noticed lately that it is getting harder for him to grip things like forks and toothbrushes.  What can I do? A. Complete and regular removal of plaque is the single most important factor in preventing dental disease. Many patients, and not… Continue reading

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Why are my gums bleeding?

Q. I know that I should floss but every time I do, my gums bleed and are sore.  If flossing is good for me, why do my gums bleed? A.  Although many patients find this concerning, some soreness and bleeding is common when one begins to floss.  The flossing is not the primary cause of… Continue reading

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