Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

 

 

Are YOU a grinder?  Do you often wake up with Headaches?

Did you Know:

Many of us clench and grind our teeth while our sleeping

and don't even realize it.

 Do you frequently wake up with headaches?  We can help.

To learn more about TMJ disorder, visit:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tmj-disorders/DS00355

 

Stroke Prevention

Did you Know:

Managing your Blood Pressure is very important when preventing Strokes. That is partly why we, at HDA, take each and every patients blood pressure before each appointment.  

For More information on Strokes, visit:

http://www.stroke.org/site/PageServer?pagename=SYMP

 

Oral Cancer Screenings, with the Velscope.

Did you Know:

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, about 42,000 Americans were diagnosed with Oral Cancer in 2013?  That is approximately 1 death an hour.  

Oral Cancer Screenings using the Velscope, a device which uses blue fluorescence lighting, helps discover pre-cancerous lesions.

Early detection is Key!  We can help!

 

 

 



Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is often viewed as a harmless, though annoying, habit. Some people develop bruxism from an inability to deal with stress or anxiety.

However, teeth grinding can literally transform your bite relationship and worse, severely damage your teeth and jaws over long periods of time.

Teeth grinding can cause abrasion to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. This abnormal wear and tear will prematurely age and loosen your teeth, and open them to problems such as hypersensitivity (from the small cracks that form, exposing your dentin). Bruxism can also lead to chronic jaw and facial pain, as well as headaches.

If no one has told you that you grind your teeth, here are a few clues that you may suffer from bruxism:

  • Your jaw is often sore, or you hear popping sounds when you open and close your mouth.
  • Your teeth look abnormally short or worn down.
  • You notice small dents in your tongue.

Bruxism is somewhat treatable. A common therapy involves use of a special appliance worn while sleeping. Less intrusive, though just as effective methods could involve biofeedback, and behavior modification, such as tongue exercises and learning how to properly align your tongue, teeth and lips.


Jaw Pain?  We can Help!

Michael Varallo, D.M.D.

625 North Maple Ave.

HoHoKus, NJ 07423

(201) 670-9076