Have you been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), or do you think you have the condition? One thing you may want to think about is how you should care for your teeth. Should your routine change? Should you do something extra? How often should you visit Legends Dental for a checkup? Here's what you need to know about living with TMD and caring for your teeth.

Take Care of Your Teeth

The bottom line for everyone - with TMD or without - is you need to take care of your teeth. We (and the American Dental Association) recommend that you brush at least twice per day and floss at least once per day. These steps can help reduce the bacteria-filled sticky plaque that covers the teeth and causes cavities - which wouldn't be much fun on top of TMD.

We know that sometimes having TMD can make opening and closing your mouth painful or difficult, which can make you not want to brush or floss. But taking care of your teeth is critical.

To work around your condition, you may need to switch to a smaller toothbrush or use floss picks or water flossers to make the job easier.

If you're experiencing a stiff or locked jaw that doesn't want to open, we suggest warming the temporomandibular joint up with a warm compress for about 20 minutes before trying to brush.

You may also want to shower before brushing, letting the hot water hit your jaw muscles. You can also let warm water run inside your mouth to help loosen up your jaw. You can even brush in the shower!

Don't Skip Checkups

Even if you're undergoing treatment for TMD, you shouldn't skip your regular exams or cleanings. These appointments are critical in making sure your teeth, gums and other structures of your mouth are healthy. We can screen you for oral disease, gum health concerns and other health conditions such as sleep apnea on top of cleaning your teeth and treating your jaw condition.

A Chance to Chat

Seeing us regularly also gives us a chance to talk about your concerns regarding TMD and the symptoms you may be having. Some common symptoms of TMD may not seem likely to be caused by jaw problems; these include ear pain; head, neck and back pain; and ringing in the ears. If you're experiencing these symptoms, we want to know!

Want to learn more? Call Legends Dental at (254) 294-4040 to schedule your appointment today.

Covid-19

A NOTE TO OUR PATIENTS

The well-being of our patients has always been our top priority!

Legends Dental is following the recommendations of Governor Abbott, Texas State Dental Board, ADA, as well as the CDC. We will be limiting our services effective immediately. Due to recent circumstances and for the safety and well-being of our patients, their families, and our community, we will not be performing any routine or non-urgent dental procedures at this time.

Though our office hours have been temporarily shortened, our team will continue to support anyone who may be experiencing pain and all who require an Emergency Care Visit.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or having pain, please text our office at (254)776-0691 or call (254)799-9540 so we may get you scheduled as quickly as possible. You can also message us on Facebook.

Examples of urgent dental care treatments include:
Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation. Surgical postoperative osteitis or dry socket dressing changes. Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling. Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma. Dental treatment cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation. Extensive decay or defective restorations causing pain; suture removal; denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded; and snipping or adjustments of an orthodontic wire causing pain.

Additionally, our team is here to help those affected by cancellations. We will gladly assist with rescheduling to a time that is best for you. If you have an appointment that may be affected, or would like to reschedule regardless, please call (254)799-9540 or text (254)776-0691 so we may accommodate you.

We love all our patients and look forward to being able to serve all of your dental needs as soon as possible!! Thank you for you time and understanding during these circumstances.