Your Moreno Valley dentist knows that you probably know you should be treating any bruxism you’re dealing with, that you shouldn’t be chewing on gum all day, and that you need to be careful about the stress you place on your TMJs if you suffer from TMJ disorder. However, that doesn’t mean you aren’t doing some things completely unintentionally on a consistent if not daily basis that are making things worse for your jaw joint health. If TMD is an issue for you, remember that it’s a good idea to visit our Moreno Valley, CA practice for a personalized approach to treating your oral health!

How Big Is Your Toothbrush?

If your Moreno Valley dentist were to ask you, “How big is your toothbrush?” and you were to respond with something like, “Oh, it’s absolutely enormous!” then we would immediately begin asking additional questions. Why? Well, because you don’t want an extremely big brush. You want a nice size brush that is easy for you to use. Take this into consideration: If the brush that you’re using is forcing you to open very wide and the head of the brush isn’t always very easy to get onto the outer surface of your teeth (the ones that contact or face your cheek tissue), then it’s just too big and can aggravate TMJ problems.

Are You Rushing Through Meals?

Our team would love to know: How quickly do you eat? If you’re a very fast eater, then you might also be someone who takes huge bites of food. While this isn’t exactly great for your digestion, it’s definitely not good for your TMJs, explains your Moreno Valley dentist. Again, remember that you don’t want to have to open your mouth extra wide and you also don’t want to put your TMJs in a position in which they have to do a lot of forceful chewing. These are things that can initially aggravate your jaw joints and that can make TMJ concerns worse. If you think you need help with your TMJ health, come in to see us soon!

Protect Your TMJs With Our Help

Keep your smile function and jaw joint health safe when you speak with us about your TMJ health. Give us a call in Moreno Valley, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.