Why Your Jaw Hurts

Your jawbone is also called a mandible. It connects to your skull at a pair of joints known as the temporomandibular joints, or TMJs. These are located just in front of your ears, and they let you open and close your mouth.Your jaw also holds your teeth and gums, which can be sensitive to heat, cold, or pressure. They also can get infected if you don’t keep them clean. This is one of the most common reasons for jaw pain. About 1 in 8 people may have a TMJ disorder. It’s more commo...

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Treating & Preventing Cold Sores

Cold sores -- you might hear them called fever blisters -- are proof that life can be unfair. Some people get them, others don’t. If you get them, don't worry. There are ways to treat and prevent them. Despite the name, that isn’t what causes them. The herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is most often the cause. You get it from contact with an infected person’s skin or body fluids. The virus damages your skin as it reproduces. That leaves behind weepy sores that last abo...

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9 Tips to Recover From Oral Surgery

1. Take it easy. After your appointment, plan to spend the rest of the day resting. If they gave you a sedative, you’ll probably be drowsy. So you shouldn’t drive a car or do anything else that requires concentration. It’s also important to avoid strenuous activities. Don’t bend or lift anything that might dislodge the blood clots and cause bleeding. When you’re ready to go to sleep, use extra pillows to keep your head elevated. 2. Follow instructions. The su...

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Dental Health and Veneers

Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.Embed Asset OverrideDental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflec...

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