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TMD Prevention

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Do you suffer from pain in or around you jaw or ear area? Do you often get headaches, earaches, or feel pain and pressure behind your eyes? Do you hear clicking or popping when chewing or opening and closing your mouth? Does your jaw "get stuck" or go out of place? If you answered yes to these questions, you could be suffering from a Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).
Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. This joint lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders. TMD often causes severe pain and discomfort. It can be temporary or last many years and can affect one or both sides of your face.
While we aren’t exactly sure what causes TMD, we do know that symptoms can arise from injuries or stress to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck. Injuries from …

HELP! My Braces Are Giving Me Bad Breath

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We understand bad breath can be uncomfortable to talk about but unfortunately it happens to most people for several different reasons. The important thing to do if you’re experiencing bad breath (or know someone who is) is to determine the root of the problem. 
Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by poor oral hygiene, personal habits such as smoking or eating certain foods, or medical problems. The most common factor for bad breath in patients with braces at Coleman Orthodontics is almost certainly caused by poor oral hygiene.
After getting braces, new patients may develop bad breath from not cleaning their teeth correctly. Brushing your teeth is simply not enough, especially when you wear braces. Bacteria feeds on food particles left in your mouth, and this bacterium creates odor. It’s important to remember to brush, floss, and use mouthwash as tiny bits of food can get stuck in brackets or between teeth which can contribute to bad breath.
Because braces contain so many small sp…