Archive for June, 2013

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Good dental health is part of maintaining your overall well-being. Browse through the links below to learn more about your oral health and how cosmetic dentistry can benefit you. Call the dental office of John Carson, DDS at (520) 514-7203 to find out how we can help you achieve your healthiest, brightest smile.


Dental implants are a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing solution to missing teeth. Learn more about the benefits of dental implants here.


Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, can cause temporary or long-lasting pain. Find out more information about TMD in this WebMD article.


Smoking can lead to complications with your dental implants. Learn how to care for your dental implants at this site.


You probably know that brushing your teeth is essential for good dental health. Take some advice from the American Dental Association on the proper brushing technique.


Gum disease affects many millions of Americans, and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Read this post to learn about the different types of gum disease.

What Is TMD?

Do you ever wake up with a sore jaw? Does your jaw click and pop while you’re eating, talking, or simply going about your day? If so, you could have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD. TMD can do more than just leave you with an aching jaw in the morning—it can cause long-lasting pain and discomfort, headaches, neck aches, and even hearing problems. If you suspect you might have TMD, talk to your dentist in Tucson about possible treatment options. Read on to learn more about TMD.

The Temporomandibular Joints
These two joints that make up our jaws perform interesting and complex functions. The temporomandibular joints move up and down, slide side to side, front to back, and can perform any combination thereof simultaneously. These flexible joints allow you to eat, talk, yawn, and generally be animated. When there is an imbalance between the joint and the surrounding muscles, symptoms of TMD may occur.

TMD Causes
There are a variety of issues that can cause TMD. Stress is believed to be one of the overarching causes, as it can make someone excessively tight in the facial and jaw muscles. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can also contribute to TMD. The excess pressure exerted on the temporomandibular joint by teeth grinding often leads to TMD. Disorders such as arthritis may also cause or exacerbate TMD, so be sure to tell your dentist if you have a history of musculoskeletal problems.

Treating TMD
Taking steps on your own, like avoiding excessively hard foods and icing your jaw, can help the symptoms of TMD. For many people, self-care is not enough. You and your dentist can work together to determine if splint therapy could help your TMD. Splints are normally worn all of the time to help improve your bite and lessen the stress on your jaw.

If you are one of the many people in Tucson with symptoms of TMD, call John Carson, DDS at (520) 514-7203. We offer comprehensive dental care, including treatment for beginning and advanced cases of TMD.

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The Importance of Dental Checkups


Having a healthy mouth involves more than just regular brushing and flossing. Regular trips to your dentist are an important part of your oral health. Watch this brief video to learn more.


When you visit your dentist for a checkup, you’ll receive a thorough cleaning with special instruments that remove plaque buildup. Your dentist will check for issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer that could go unnoticed were it not for your visit.


Don’t take any chances with your oral health. Call John Carson, DDS in Tucson at (520) 514-7203 to schedule your next dental checkup today!


Taking Care of Your Dental Implants

Are you missing one or more teeth? If so, talk to your Tucson dentist to find out if dental implants are right for you. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss, and are more comfortable and natural-looking than removable dentures or other cosmetic options. After you receive your dental implants, it is important to take good care of them so they last you a lifetime.  Here are a few tips for taking care of your dental implants:


Brushing and Flossing

When you have dental implants, you should brush your teeth twice per day and floss every day the same as if you had all of your natural teeth. Keeping your implants clean is key to their overall success. Many dentists recommend using an antibacterial toothpaste to minimize plaque buildup. You can use dental floss as well as interdental brushes to keep the spaces between your teeth clear of debris.


Dental Checkups

Visiting your dentist regularly is of utmost importance when you have dental implants. In addition to giving your teeth and gums a thorough cleaning, your dentist will check to make sure that your implants look healthy and normal. Some complications with implants can only be recognized by a trained professional, so protect your investment by visiting your dentist.


The dental practice of John Carson, DDS is proud to provide quality cosmetic dentistry services to all of our Tucson-area clients. Call us at (520) 514-7203 to find out about dental implants or to schedule an appointment.