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If left in the mouth, impacted wisdom teeth may damage neighboring teeth, or become infected. Because the third molar area of the mouth is difficult to clean, it is a site that invites the bacteria that leads to gum disease. Furthermore, oral bacteria may travel from your mouth through the bloodstream, where it may lead to possible systemic infections and illnesses that affect the heart, kidneys and other organs. Research has shown that once periodontal gum disease is established in the third molar areas, the problem is persistent and progressive, but may improve following extraction of the teeth. In some cases a fluid-filled cyst or tumor may form around the untreated wisdom tooth. As the cyst grows it may lead to more serious problems as it hollows out the jaw and damages surrounding nerves, teeth and other structures. (AAOMS.org) By taking the wisdom teeth out before their development is complete, most of these problems can be prevented.
Motor vehicle insurance has multiple options to consider based upon the level of premium that can be afforded and the level of financial risk that a family is willing to accept.  Minimum statutory liability insurance is required.  Other immediate considerations are a basic medical coverage to apply towards the deductible upon your other available private health insurance.  Uninsured motorist coverage only comes into effect if the negligent driver does not have the statutory liability coverage.  Underinsured motorist coverage comes into consideration if the negligent driver has some liability insurance but that amount is insufficient to cover your personal injury damages sustained.  Upon our recent professional experience, purchasing higher liability and underinsured limits should strongly be considered. Remember that a general informational series is not a substitute for actual legal representation.
I can SO relate!  This used to happen to me all the time.  It feels like we should be burning calories just to keep up, but, in fact, the opposite can happen.  If your “to do” list never ends and you’re burning the candle at both ends, you may be in chronic fight-or-flight mode.  Feeling stressed and overwhelmed triggers your body to amp up the production of adrenaline and cortisol, making it easier to store fat.  Plus, you might be using food to calm down anxieties you might be feeling.  To learn some amazing mind-body tools to shift you from “chaos” brain to “calm” brain (and to help you lose weight!) call my office at 233-0593 to schedule an appointment.  You can also read more about this process is my new book Belly Fat Blues:  Mind-Body Solutions for Permanent Weight Loss, due to be released on April 9th.
This article potentially will impact the largest number of people of anything I have written in my entire life.  Obviously this is the short version.  A more complete description can be found on my website or on my blog thetmjsleepcenter.net. Chronic pain includes the largest portion of the population at some point in their lives, and managing the pain involves billions of dollars and millions of caregivers to provide relief and a higher level of individual comfort.  Nearly everyone, at some time in their life, will have chronic pain and inflammation, and what they eat will contribute to the pain and inflammation or will aid in putting the fire out.  There is a choice!  There are many diets to choose from.  One for each of your personal needs, but which one will be helpful with controlling your pain?   Inflammation is the common trait associated with all long term painful conditions.  Chronic pain causes excess adrenal secretion of cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine all of which makes your blood sugar levels unstable varying from hyperglycemia to hypoglycemia.  Chronic pain causes the pituitary and adrenal glands to be over worked potentially to the point of exhaustion.  Simply increasing the amount of protein and reducing the amount of carbohydrates you eat will reduce the inflammation and the pain.  Appropriate food supplements, adequate sleep, proper exercise, sufficient amounts of water, restricted carbohydrates and increased protein will go a long way in reducing inflammation and chronic pain.  For answers to your questions call The TMJ Sleep Center concerning chronic pain, TMJ, migraines, sleep apnea, headaches, snoring or related subjects  drdwight@thetmjcenter.com  call 234-PAIN.
Research has identified a number of factors that may contribute to the development of oral cancer. The most common are the use of tobacco and alcohol. Others include poor oral hygiene, irritation caused by ill-fitting dentures and rough surfaces on teeth, poor nutrition, some chronic infections and combinations of these factors.  Because changes can be seen easily in the mouth, diagnosis of oral cancer can be made in its early stages allowing for suspicious areas to be treated and prevent progression. It is recommended that everyone perform a monthly oral exam looking for irregularities, specifically non-healing sores as well as white or red lesions. This should be performed with a bright light and a mirror. Closely examine all areas in your mouth including the roof of your mouth, cheeks, gums, and all surfaces of the tongue and floor of the mouth. In addition to this it is recommended that everyone have an oral screening exam at least once a year, especially if you have any of the above risk factors.
The Idaho Uniform Probate Code dictates how a deceased person’s property will be distributed when the person did not have a will.  A person may also obtain an ownership interest in real property by occupying and maintaining the property and paying the real property taxes.  Any statutory heir may file a quiet title action to have a court declare the ownership interests in real property.  An attorney familiar with Idaho estate and property law can advise you what your legal options may be.  Remember that a general informational series is not a substitute for actual legal representation.
 Yes!  1 cup has just over 200 calories and about 10 grams of fiber.  Avocados can also help you absorb other vital nutrients in your diet.   Compared to a couple of “low-fat” cookies, it’s a no-brainer.   Many people shy away from them because of their fat content, but avocados are very heart-healthy.  If you’re confused about which foods really improve your health and help you lose weight, call our office today at 233-0593 to schedule a nutrition consult.  Karen can help you sort through the confusing worlds of nutrition to figure out what works for YOU.  Many insurance companies cover this as part of their preventive service and Medicare has a benefit for diabetes as well.

Who Identifies & Diagnoses TMJ?

This is likely not surprising to those who have a TMJ problem.   The expectation is that your dentist is the most likely to identify and possibly treat your TMJ condition.  Unfortunately that is not reality.  Headaches, eye pain, ear pain, ringing ears, dizziness, or ear pressure are among the most common TMJ symptoms.  Typically one would not go to the dentist for those conditions nor would they typically report those symptoms when or if they see their dentist. Most TMJ conditions are initially identified by other healthcare professionals, and not by the dentist. Holding ones mouth open for a dental experience can be challenging to the TMJ patient and they commonly avoid the dental experience. Frequently I see patients breakdown and cry when they finally arrive in my office and learn what the cause of their distress has been and experience the relief they have long been looking for.  Fixing the teeth, orthodontics, new crowns, or grinding on the teeth is not the way to treat the jaw joint (TMJ).  Yes, those dental treatments make the teeth more harmonious with the tight sore jaw muscles and jaw joints that are not working properly only to have the symptoms return and usually intensify.  Ultimately, treating and correcting the function of the joint comes first and the muscles will then heal and function normally.  The last treatment is to make permanent changes to the teeth and harmonize the bite to the healthy jaw joints and the comfortable chewing muscles; and yes, the symptoms all go away!  Get your life back! For a free TMJ information guide “The Great Imposter”  or answers to your questions call The TMJ Sleep Center concerning TMJ, migraines, sleep apnea, headaches, snoring or related subjects drdwight@thetmjcenter.com call 234-PAIN.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to teeth when not wearing a mouthguard. While mouthguards are most commonly used for contact sports, the ADA suggests athletes might need a mouthguard when participating in any of the following activities: acrobatics, baseball, basketball, bicycling, boxing, equestrian events, extreme sports, field hockey, football, gymnastics, ice hockey, inline skating, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shot-putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.  When considering a mouthguard it is important to recognize ones options. Most are familiar with the semi-custom mouth pieces which you “boil and bite”. These work well but may be a little bulky and lead to decreased use. Custom mouthguards may be made which are fabricated in a lab to exactly fit the person’s mouth. While these are more expensive, they do offer an improved fit and many people find it easier to breath well and tolerated the custom forms. The most important thing is to have a mouthguard in place, whether custom or semi-custom, whenever there is a chance of being struck in the face. Think of your mouthguard as cheap insurance for your teeth and jaws.

Is Your Doctor up to Date?

The advancement of knowledge and new skills in the health professions are moving at an accelerated rate.  I am participating in a study with the National Institute of Health, and we were told by the director of the Institute (NIH) that the time required to disseminate the new researched knowledge to the doctors at the delivery level of health services in most cases is ten years.  That is alarming to me to know that the practicing level of many doctors in some areas in ten years from being current.  I will spend more than 120 hours in advanced training in a single twelve month period.  For a working man that is three forty hour work weeks that I will pay thousands of dollars to experience.  Will Rogers said, “It isn’t what you don’t know that will hurt you.  It is what you know that ain’t so.”   I choose to be as current with the state of the art as is reasonably possible.  Occasionally the insurance companies will report that the services I provide are “investigational” meaning the companies do not know what the current state of the art health care treatment is all about.  Several of the diagnostic services I have provided since 1983 are still considered “investigational” meaning the insurance company does not want to pay for the services provided.   I hope your doctor is dedicated to providing the current diagnostic and treatment services you need and deserve.  When I return next week I will be 65 hours more educated than today.   When you need my services I am dedicated to assisting you to get your life back.  For a free TMJ information guide  “The Great Imposter” , a sleep apnea “Consumer Guide,” or answers to your questions call The TMJ Sleep Center concerning TMJ, migraines, sleep apnea, headaches, snoring or related subjects drdwight@thetmjcenter.com call 234-PAIN.