If not for the temporomandibular joint, more commonly referred to as the “TMJ,” you would not be able to speak, laugh, yawn, or chew food effectively. The joint consists of interconnected muscles, ligaments, and discs that connect the upper and lower jaw bones and allows you to move them from side to side, up and down, and forward and backward. As a crucial component of a workable mouth and overall oral health, dentists generally check its function during the course of an oral examination.
The start of a new year is always a good time to consider what actions you can take to improve your health. As we get into gear with 2019, the dental-care experts at southwest Florida’s Island Tower Dentistry suggest that you may want to consider getting a grip on periodontal disease, the most prevalent oral health disorder in America. Not only do about half of all Americans have some form of the disorder, also commonly referred to as “gum disease,” but it is also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Its prevalence is even more pronounced in older Americans, with about 70 percent of those older than 65 estimated to have the disease.
Wisdom teeth tend to be an “out-of-sight-out-of-mind” topic of dentistry in that while most people get them, few people ever talk about them. Many people don’t have a clear understanding of what wisdom teeth are or why most people end up having them removed.
While oral health is the primary focus of most dental offices, many people also seek out dentists for cosmetic reasons. This may be an appeal to vanity, but cosmetic dentistry also provides health benefits by boosting self-confidence and enhancing overall emotional well-being. Among the easiest, and most noticeable cosmetic dental treatments are professional teeth whitening treatments. Such treatments go above and beyond store-bought whitening toothpastes, rinses and treatment kits, and the dental professionals of Southwest Florida’s Island Tower Dentistry offer customized whitening trays, or a more permanent solution such as porcelain restoration.