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The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

You only have one set of adult teeth, and they need to last until you are 80, 90, or beyond. The actions you take towards your teeth today will either benefit you or harm you in the future. Of course, good dental care starts with seeing a dentist regularly. You should go in for cleanings and checkups, and any other time you think something might be amiss with your teeth. Education is important when it comes to any aspect of your health, so start reading the articles on this website to educate yourself about dentists and dental care. We promise that when you're 80 and you still have your teeth, you won't regret the time spent.


The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

How Can Botox Help With Your Teeth?

Sofia Curtis

Botox has long been a product associated with getting rid of wrinkles, and although this is try, it can be effective in helping to smooth your skin and offer you a more youthful appearance, it can be helpful in other ways as well. Botox can be used in treatments for a number of other things, including medical treatments. One of them is TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. If you have TMJ, Botox may be able to help. Read on for ways it may be able to help you, and other information.

How Can Botox Help?

Botox can help if you have TMJ, as it can help to calm the muscles in the jaw and alleviate the tension, just as it does in smoothing out wrinkles in the face. It helps to paralyze these muscles, which will help them relax. If you are someone that has TMJ, you know how often your jaw is constantly working to grind your teeth or chew on things. Sometimes though, you may not know that you're doing it at all. You may be doing it in your sleep or whenever you get stressed out and not even realize you're doing it until you have a migraine later, or jaw pain afterward. Botox injections can be proved to you by your dentist to help ease your muscles to alleviate the other issues associated with TMJ, and it can prevent further damage to your teeth or jaw muscles. Because it is a medical treatment, your insurance may even cover this procedure, but be sure to check with your insurance company first before getting this treatment.

What Else Can You Do To Prevent Or TMJ?

TMJ can be treated in other ways as well. TMJ can be treated by wearing a mouth guard at night to help prevent grinding your teeth when you're asleep and when you don't realize you're grinding your teeth. It can be treated with a change in diet and exercise as well. If you are drinking too much caffeine, for instance, you may grind your teeth more often. Also, if you have a lot of stress, an exercise program may be beneficial in preventing you from teeth grinding as well. Stress relief practices such as a change in your job, reading books, yoga, or even getting regular massages may also help in preventing TMJ. 

If you have been diagnosed with TMJ, talk to your dentist about Botox treatment to help prevent further damage to your teeth or jaw.

For more information on Botox, contact a dentist.