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Signs That You May Have TMJ Disorder

Your mouth is a powerful tool in your body that we often take for granted. You use it every day to help you eat, breath, yawn, speak and drink. Imagine if you experienced pain that limited your ability to move your jaw. Significant jaw pain and other symptoms could be a sign of a more serious problem called TMJ disorder, an issue that many people deal with on a daily basis.

Though little is known about what causes this disorder, there are plenty of remedies that can provide relief from the pain to ensure that you can continue living your normal lifestyle. Read on to see if your symptoms are consistent with this jaw disorder.

Signs That You May Have TMJ Disorder | UK Lifestyle Blog

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is a hinge that connects the temporal bones in your skull to your jaw. There are two hinges, located on each side of the face, near your ears. This joint is responsible for allowing your jaw to move up and down, making chewing, swallowing and yawning possible.

What are the main symptoms?

One of the first signs that you may have a TMJ disorder is having pain or tenderness in your jaw or in one or both of your temporomandibular joints. The pain is not limited to your jaw, however. Pain from TMJ can also be felt in your face, neck, and shoulders, as well as pain in and around your ears, with possible swelling of your face. Additionally, you would likely experience difficulty and potentially pain while trying to chew your food, while you are speaking, or when you try to open your mouth wide. A disorder of the TMJ can also cause the joint to lock up. This locking up makes it difficult for you to open or close your mouth, leaving it stuck in either position.

In addition, you may experience common ailments such as toothaches, headaches, earaches, dizziness and hearing problems including ringing in your ears. You may hear a clicking, popping or grating sound coming from your jaw as you chew your food or open your mouth. While jaw noise is a symptom of a disorder, simply having a noisy jaw is not a definitive diagnosis. Many people who are diagnosed click their jaw, however not all jaw-clickers are diagnosed. Many people also will experience multiple symptoms or experience other coexisting symptoms such as sleep disturbances, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Who Gets TMJ?

The causes of disorders of the joints in your jaw are not entirely known, and simply having jaw pain will not necessarily lead to a diagnosis or a jaw disorder. The bones that are working with the TMJ to help your jaw move are protected by cartilage and have a small shock-absorbing disk, which helps to keep the movement of your jaw smooth and pain-free. Erosion of this disk is one possible cause of a painful TMJ.

Additionally, arthritis can cause your joints’ cartilage to be damaged, or your joint being damaged by some type of impact. Therefore, major trauma to your jaw area could be a contributing factor to a diagnosis. Stress and tooth grinding are also thought to potentially have an impact. Oftentimes, however, it is unclear what the cause of the disorder is and people begin having symptoms with little clue as to why.

How Can it Be Treated?

Due to the inability to completely understand how a disorder is developed, treatment is also difficult. There are many ways individuals can help reduce their pain including eating soft foods, applying ice to painful areas, avoiding activities that will require extended use of the jaw including singing, yelling or chewing gum and practising jaw relaxation stretches and techniques.

Over-the-counter pain medication can be helpful, as well as compression and muscle relaxation therapy. For some individuals, using an oral appliance to stabilize and protect their teeth can be helpful.

All of these treatments are considered ways to alleviate pain for your jaw in the short term. If the pain persists, there are more invasive approaches. One of these is TMJ therapy which involves inserting needles into the joint to wash it out. This is used to help reduce your pain. The last option considered is surgery, which is irreversible, so it is essential to speak with a qualified plastic surgeon who is knowledgeable on dental surgeries.

Who Can Help?

Dr. Marissa Crandall-Cruz has a Doctor of Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University and has completed programs in periodontology and oral implantology, as well as a 2nd master’s degree in Oral Biology from Temple University. As a Diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology and International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Cruz understands TMJ disorder and provides quality care in periodontal therapy, periodontal plastic surgery, dental implant therapy, as well as bone and periodontal regeneration therapies.

Visit Dr. Crandall Cruz’ site if you’re in need of TMJ treatment in the King of Prussia area.

2019-03-29T16:12:06+00:00 March 29, 2018|Health|

What To Look For On Your First Venue Visit

Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you have found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you can begin planning your big day – the day when everyone you love and care about come together and celebrates the love you and your partner have for each other and the commitment and promises you make to each other.

Your wedding day is so special, and no one plans on doing it more than once. So make sure that you make it perfect for you. There is no need to get into debt over your wedding day, nor do you have to conform to conventions and traditions you don’t like. If you don’t want a white dress and three-hundred guests – then don’t have that! It’s your day and you should be completely happy and comfortable.

The biggest part of the planning is often the venue – you might be having a religious ceremony before hand, or you might have everything in one place. Either way, where you eat and dance and toast the night away is going to require more planning and probably a bigger budget – so make sure you get the right place! Here’s some things to consider when choosing a venue…

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The size

How many guests are you having? Do you need space for a band or a DJ? Is the enough space outside for guests to mingle? The size of the venue is the first thing you need to think about – too small and it will be cramped and overheated, too big and the space will feel half empty. Take into account the size of your dress weaving between tables – if you’re going to be going full ball gown you may need a wider walkway.

The rooms available

If you’re doubling up your ceremony and reception venue then see what the different rooms are like for the two halves of the event. You will also need to look at any rooms that are included in the wedding package if you’re booking at an inn, hotel, like The Grand Hotel, or renting something like a manor or stately home. The honeymoon suite is often a given, but there are sometimes extra rooms included for the bridal party getting ready and for close family members. Out of the package there might also be a discount your guests can get on rooms.

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The check in/out times

Are you planning on being at the venue the night before, or are you checking in on the day? And what time do you need to clear out the day after? As the bride and groom you might not have to do any clearing up – you can easily make your family do it – but you do need to know by what time you need to have everything out of there.

The menu

Good food is so important to a good night. Plus, you need to know any dietary requirement changes the caterers are able to make. Your venue might not have resident caterers – and that’s something you need to know straight away seeing as that will be an extra cost you need to budget for if you’re going to choose that particular venue. And on top of all that – you need to actually like your wedding menu.

2018-06-04T01:20:55+00:00 March 28, 2018|Weddings|

Spring Forward with these Stylish Decor Tips (Bedroom Sneak Peek!)

With spring right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll spend your time in the warmer weather. Maybe you’ll make room in your schedule to get outdoors or perhaps you’ll start regularly waking up early to do a little more exercising. These are just a couple of things I’m aiming to do now that the weather is slowly beginning to warm up. It’s just a year until our wedding and I should really start working on getting fit. 

Spring isn’t just about getting outside though, just as importantly, you should consider the ways that you can update your home for the season. It doesn’t require a lot of planning (or a large investment) to incorporate new spring décor. We’ve recently decorated our bedroom with fresh bedding, cushions and a few extra luxuries. Thinking of giving your bedroom a little TLC? Here’s how we prepared our room our Spring, and you can too!

Spring Forward with these Stylish Decor Tips (Bedroom Sneak Peek!) | UK Lifestyle BlogFlorabundance tulip vase c/o Dartington Crystal

Bring the Fresh Blooms

April showers bring May flowers. The saying shouldn’t only apply to the great outdoors — bring it inside, too. Fill your home with the sweet scent of fresh flowers from your local farmers’ market or grocery store. Arrange the posies in simple clear glass vases and place them on the coffee table, atop your bedroom dresser or in the center of the kitchen table. If you’re aiming for more of a rustic-chic look, then opt for mason jars or milk glass vases instead of the clear glass, which will bring some texture and dimension.

Add a Dash of Greenery

If fresh blossoms don’t work with your current design scheme or you don’t want to put out the cash to refresh the bouquets every week or two, there’s an eco-friendly and budget-friendly alternative: buy a houseplant. Try a hardy plant if you don’t have much of a green thumb, like a succulent or a spider plant. These plants are virtually impossible to kill, even with little regular care, and the bright hues they bring will make anyone who enters your home feel as though they’re stepping directly into spring.

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Employ Unexpected Garnishes

Planning to throw a dinner party this spring? Throw your guests for a delightful loop when you skip the standard place setting and add an unexpected pop of color with a fresh garnish, like a radish. Tie together your guests’ rolled-up napkins with twine and insert a single plump, garden-plucked radish to spice up the otherwise simple plate. You’ll get bonus points if you also find a way to incorporate radishes into the springtime salad or an appetizer.

Refresh Your Colour Scheme

As the shades of Mother Earth transition from dreary winter hues to vibrant spring colors, so should the décor inside of your home. Find ways to introduce new colors into your living room, bedroom or kitchen. Try fresh color combos such as a peachy orange with a rich chocolate brown and a soft shade of ivory. If you want to make more of a statement, try bringing together pieces in shades of hot pink, burnt orange and bright white. If you prefer quieter colors, go for dandelion, dove gray and aqua instead.

Spring Forward with these Stylish Decor Tips (Bedroom Sneak Peek!) | UK Lifestyle BlogMetalic gold cushion and Mongolian fur with suede back cushion c/o Barker & Stonehouse

DIY Modern Farmhouse Frames

With the growing popularity of the modern farmhouse design style, you might already be jones-ing to add a barn door to your closet. But in lieu of major home renovations, you can frame a few floral prints or photos of your friends and family in pieces of décor that you craft yourself. Lattice frames replicate the intricate woodwork of outdoor lattices, which naturally evoke spring given that their sole purpose is to support plants as they reach toward the clear blue sky, especially during the spring months.

Enlist Easter-y Elements

Spring is also the season when the Easter Bunny hops into town, so it makes sense to bring a bit of Easter decor into your home. Have you already dyed a dozen eggs in honor of the Easter season? Then you’re halfway to creating a fun, colorful centerpiece. Simply layer the dyed eggs inside of a large glass vase with a few green fronds to create a nature-inspired work of art.

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Are you a bigger fan of candy eggs than the real thing? In that case, create a foundation out of the colorful, foil-wrapped eggs by scattering them inside of a rectangular tray. Then add your favorite Easter blooms, planted in short vases that match the tray or artfully contrast it. Nestle them into the base of candy Easter eggs and let your guests snack on the centerpiece the next time you entertain this spring.

With so many springtime décor ideas to try, you’ll never run out of fresh and new ways to make over your home this season. Start by sprucing up your dining room table with a vase full of vibrant Easter eggs, adding a simple bouquet of your favorite May flowers to the coffee table or revamping the color palette in your bedroom. These small decorative changes will create a large artistic impact without much investment or effort on your part, so they’re well worth a try before spring melts into summer.

2018-06-01T15:38:11+00:00 March 23, 2018|Home Decor|
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