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Extension Emergency: Who Can Help If My Face Is Swollen?

May 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmahler @ 2:59 pm
Nose-to-chin 3/4 profile view of a woman holding 4 fingers to her aching cheek

Are you experiencing sudden facial aches or swelling? It’s only natural to be concerned if your jaw or cheeks inflate painfully. You’re probably wondering what’s causing it and who you should contact. Is it an emergency? And if it is, should you reach out to your dentist or your doctor?

Although there are many potential causes behind your recent distension, there’s a good chance that it points to an underlying dental issue. Continue reading to learn about 3 possible reasons for your inflammation and who can help!


Can TMJ Dysfunction Cause Migraines?

April 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmahler @ 11:40 pm
person experiencing migraine headache due to TMJ disorder

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) plays a vital role in jaw movement, allowing for actions like biting, chewing, and speaking. While many people don’t think much about these movements until they experience jaw pain, it’s worth noting that migraines might be related to TMJ disorder. The good news is that neither migraines nor TMJ dysfunction have to be chronic problems you just put up with. Read on to learn more about the connection between migraines and TMJ dysfunction.


Jaded Jaws: Does Chewing Gum Cause TMD?

March 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmahler @ 9:25 pm
Nose to chin view of woman folding a piece of gum into her mouth

If you’ve developed a stiff or locked jaw, there’s a chance that you’ve developed TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) which occurs when the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull becomes irritated or inflamed. While there are several potential causes, chronic gum chewing could be contributing to the problem. If you like to freshen your breath this way, you might want to consider changing your habits. Keep reading to learn more about the connection between chewing gum and mouth pain, and what you can do to address it!


Can TMJ Disorder Affect Your Speech?

February 14, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmahler @ 4:26 pm
Two women having conversation in office setting

Whether you are engaging in small talk with your family, making presentations in your office, or simply chatting with strangers in the grocery store, your speech is important! Sadly, millions of people are afflicted by a condition that can have negative effects on their ability to verbally communicate: TMJ disorder. How exactly could TMJ disorder affect your speech? This blog post explains what you should know. It also provides tips on how you can find relief and reclaim your ability to speak with ease.