Dental Hygiene With TMJ Disorder

When your jaw hurts and you find yourself faced with the task of brushing and flossing, you may feel exhausted. Dental hygiene, which was once a simple chore, suddenly becomes something that you are not certain how to approach without making your TMJ disorder worse and without dealing with discomfort, such as popping and pain in your jaw joints. How to proceed, you wonder? Doesn’t hygiene remain just as important? Heed our helpful advice, so you may quickly overcome this problem.

Yes, It’s Still Important

We know that if you’re in pain, the idea of opening your mouth for an extended period of time (and potentially trying to open it very wide) might sound like something you’d prefer to skip. Unfortunately, you simply cannot avoid dental hygiene if you want your mouth to be healthy. So, remember that it’s essential you contact us very soon if this is presenting you with a serious challenge.

Helpful Tips

While you need to see us ASAP, we can help you in the meantime with some tips. First, if you’re using a large brush, find one with a smaller head that will not require you to open your mouth quite as wide. As you may have already guessed, we also encourage you to only open as wide as it absolutely necessary, so you don’t aggravate your TMJ disorder. You may also wish to try an electric brush, to take breaks if you are uncomfortable, and to use a water flosser.

See Us Right Away (We Mean It!)

You’ll need your dental hygiene to return to normal. This might seem difficult at the moment. Your solution is to see us right away. We can offer TMJ Botox treatment to alleviate the TMJ disorder discomfort you feel. Then, we will focus on a long-term treatment.

Care For Your Smile By Treating TMD Immediately

Remember that a sore jaw can get in the way of essential daily tasks like dental hygiene and even eating. As a result, we encourage you to see us ASAP. We invite you to schedule an appointment with your Katy, TX dentist at Lathrop Dental Center by calling 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.

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