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Do You Salivate Too Much?

Do You Salivate Too Much?

Saliva plays an important part in our oral health, which includes washing food particles from your teeth and helping to break down food for easier digestion. Due to some trigger issues, we could experience excess amounts of saliva being produced due to side effects of other issues. At first you might not think that extra saliva is a problem but it could affect the way you talk, eat, and sleep. Talk to your doctor if you feel as if you’re producing more saliva than normal. This is could be the consequence of something more serious.

Hypersalivation is the act of excessively producing saliva. If you drool, if you have an inability to keep your mouth closed for a long portion of time, or if you have difficulty swallowing the extra saliva, you may be dealing with Hypersalivation. This is caused by a high number of other things including pregnancy, oral inflammation, infection, acid reflux, and neuromuscular disease.

Once you speak to your dental hygienist or doctor about hypersalivation, you can start to deal with it and look for ways to take care of the problem. Start by addressing the underlying issue, whatever it might be. If you’re still experiencing the issue, switch mouthwash brands or decrease your consumption of citrus fruits and alcohol. Another solution would be to drink more water throughout the day. This could thin out your saliva so that it’s swallowed more easily. Finally, if you’re taking prescribed drugs, you may be experiencing a side effect of that product. You may need to consult with your doctor about switching to a different brand of medicine.

If you feel like your hypersalivation might be linked to neuromuscular disease, give us a call at C&C Dentistry. We will take the time to consult with your oral health issues and help to find a solution to the problem.

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Tips for Managing your TMJ Pain

A temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder occurs when there is a discomfort or pain in your jaw caused by something gone wrong with your jaw joints and muscles. Injury to the jaw, arthritis, and overuse of the jaw are some of the common causes of TMJ pain. On the bright side, there are plenty of ways you can manage your TMJ pain, including mouth exercises and over-the-counter medication.

To manage your TMJ pain, utilize any of the following points:

  • Use over-the-counter medications like Ibuprofen to reduce pain.
  • Wear a mouthguard to help realign your mouth and jaw.
  • Ice your jaw, but no more than 15 minutes at a time.
  • Warm towels reduce swelling if it’s there.
  • Try acupuncture to relieve pressure in the affected area.

You can also try jaw exercises to help relieve TMJ pain. Certain exercises are supposed to strengthen joints, relax the jaw, and increase jaw healing. Here is a detailed description of each exercise.

  1. Relaxed Jaw Exercise – Gently place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and slowly drop your bottom jaw while you relax your jaw muscles.
  2. Chin Tuck Exercise – Pull your chin straight back as if you’re creating a double chin and hold for three seconds and repeat.
  3. Side-To-Side and Forward Jaw Movement – Slowly move your jaw from side to side repeatedly and then slowly move your bottom jaw back and forward repeatedly.

You might feel some pain with these exercises but that is a normal side effect. However, if your pain increases while doing these exercises, stop practicing them right away. If your pain worsens after the TMJ exercises, make an appointment with your dentist or doctor.

It is possible for TMJ pain to go away on its own. If it gets worse, call (512) 263-8900  and schedule an appointment today.

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