DENTAL PROBLEMS: TMJ, PERIODONTAL

Millions suffer from temporomandibular joint syndrome, more commonly known as TMJ. About 90 percent of all Americans have some form of gum disease or tooth decay, including half of the population over the age of thirty-five. 50 A toothache can cause the worst kind of pain. The best offense is defense when it comes to your dental health.

Proper oral hygiene is essential, which includes proper brushing and flossing.
Lowered immunity seems to play a part in the development of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, many children are showing signs of gum disease. Stress management and immune enhancement are imperative in the fight against this progressive disorder. Periodontal disease often coexists with cardiovascular problems.

Questions have been raised about the safety of mercury amalgam fillings. Many people are, in fact, sensitive to mercury fillings. However, removal can stir up vapor, making your sensitivity worse. After removal, a detoxification program is essential to cleanse the mercury from your blood stream. Work with your dentist gradually as you replace your mercury fillings with composite (white) or porcelain inlays.

Dental problems include toothaches, bruxism (teeth-grinding), decay,TMJ, and periodontal disease.

Symptoms
In all dental difficulties, the two main symptoms are pain and sensitivity; in the case of bruxism, there is also the grinding of the teeth.

Dietary considerations
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables to clean teeth. Fill your diet with foods such as apples, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrots, peppers, nuts, and seeds. Eat plenty of healthy salads. Drink green tea to help prevent plaque formation. Use stevia to sweeten, as it is also antibacterial. Enjoy strawberry smoothies; strawberries also help prevent the formation of plaque.

Avoid or reduce sugars, fats, dairy products, and candy to minimize the film on teeth that contributes to tooth decay.