Dental Mysteries: Solved

There are many mysteries in life. Some of them remain unsolved, while others have clearly defined answers we just may not know about – especially when it comes to the body. One particularly mysterious area of the body is the mouth. Though your dentist probably knows all there is to know about the mouth, many people simply don’t and are left with burning questions about their oral health. We spoke to Miami, Florida, dentist Dr. Raul Garcia about some of the biggest oral health mysteries, in an effort to close the case on some of the most fascinating dental questions …

Is CBD Oil an Effective Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction?

It seems like you can’t go a day without seeing or hearing about a product called CBD that purportedly has the power to ease pain and calm the senses. Some even say that CBD oil may help relieve the pain and tension of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJD. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a condition in which the lower jaw becomes misaligned with the temporomandibular joint, causing a long list of painful symptoms including jaw stiffness, jaw pain, teeth grinding, tinnitus, headaches, neck and back pain, poor posture and more. It can even cause damage to the teeth as result. Unfortunately, …

Waterpiking vs. Flossing

We’ve all heard the American Dental Association recommendations to brush our teeth twice a day and floss daily. But for some people, this is easier said than done. That’s because for many people, flossing isn’t always practical – or possible. For starters, flossing often requires reaching and contorting into the mouth in ways that some people are incapable of doing without great difficulty. People with arthritis or with motor skill issues can find flossing especially challenging. For others, flossing may not be physically challenging, but it may be painful and cause bleeding or discomfort to the gums, even if the …

Virtual Visits for Busy Schedules

We all lead increasingly busy lives, and often the things that should be at the top of our priority list – like our health – get pushed to the bottom out of necessity. Unfortunately, even if we want to break out of this cycle, sometimes there simply isn’t enough time in the day to do so – until now. If you have been meaning to take control of your oral health but simply haven’t had the time to get in to Dr. Garcia’s office for an evaluation, we’ve got great news. There’s now a way you can have your cake …

Botox for TMJ Dysfunction?

If you suffer from the condition known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (or TMJ dysfunction for short), there are probably many times you’ve wished you could make the pain and stiffness of this debilitating condition go away as quickly as possible. You may have even heard of some so-called quick fixes that might do the trick. But are these methods effective – and are they safe? Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a condition that affects upwards of 10 million Americans. It occurs when the temporomandibular joint of the jaw becomes out of alignment with the rest of the jaw, causing pain and …