Rock River Dental Blog
Headaches? We Can Help!
June is National Headache Awareness Month and here’s a thought to chew on: the pain keeping you from work may be caused by your bite. If you suffer from chronic headaches including migraines, you may benefit from consulting with a specially-trained dentist.
According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from headache pain severe enough to seek help from a physician and approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. This headache pain causes an estimated loss of 157 million workdays. The root cause of this pain can be that the muscles of the face, head and neck have to close the jaws so that the teeth all touch together. A misaligned bite strains the muscles in the head, neck, and back and can cause pain – just like flexing your arm for a second is comfortable, but flexing it for 2-3 minutes starts to hurt; having to hold the teeth together in a poor position may cause pain in the muscles. This disorder is referred to as TMD, temporomandibular jaw joint disorder. TMD is a treatable condition. Here’s how for severe cases:
First, a specially trained neuromuscular dentist does a comprehensive evaluation, including a computer analysis of your jaw muscles, to find the jaw’s optimal position.
Then, a jaw-repositioning orthotic—which looks like an athlete’s mouth guard—is used to temporarily maintain this new relaxed position. Patients often report pain they have endured for many years dissipates or even goes away entirely in a matter of days.
Finally, the patient can be fitted with crowns and veneers to permanently hold the new pain free jaw position.
Many patients report almost immediate pain relief and end up with a beautiful smile that can help restore their confidence personally and professionally.
Source: Leading Dentists
At Rock River Dental, our doctors will evaluate the severity of your condition. In more severe cases, we will refer you to an appropriate specialist to give you options for treatment such as described above. In less severe cases, we can treat you in our office with a number of different options. A few of these options include customized nighttime mouth appliances that can relieve pressure on the muscles, joints, and nerves, reducing migraine frequency and pain. Botox is also known to help reduce teeth grinding and clenching that causes headaches. Botox is injected into the masseter muscle which will relax the muscles enabling them to rest, heal and repair. These injections are quick and painless and can relieve symptoms of TMJ for up to 4 months. Call us today for your free consultation to help relieve your headaches and TMJ symptoms!
What’s Been Happening at RRD:
February & March
While we were at lunch we gathered with representatives of the Fort Atkinson Boys and Girls Club to take a picture to announce our donation campaign for BGC. In honor of Red Nose Day (www.rednoseday.org ) we began collecting donations at the office. Patients and staff donated money and Dr. Showalter matched donations. We were excited to present a check to the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Atkinson. Thank you to all who donated!
Rock River Dental was once again a proud sponsor of the Jefferson County Humane Society Furry Friends 5K! The weather was beautiful and it was great to see all of the people out with their dogs!
On June 1st we celebrated Dr. Showalter’s 19th year in practice at Rock River Dental! Time flies when you are having fun!!
Dr. Showalter, Amy, Connie, Katie, Kathy, Natalie and Lu spent the morning at the Fort Atkinson Farmers Market Wellness Day on June 16th. We had the chance to see a lot of our patients as well as meet a lot of new friends! If you haven’t been to the Fort Atkinson Farmers Market, it is a must!! It is one of the numerous great community events that Fort Atkinson has to offer! We will be back on Saturday, September 8th. Hope to see you there!
On June 28th, we will be participating in the Fort Atkinson Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing at Koshkonong Mounds. Please check our Facebook page for fun pics from the event! If you aren’t already a fan, click here to follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/rockriverdentalwi/
Tell Us How We Did!
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“I'm not sure why I didn't come here sooner. I'd neglected my dental care for several years after my favorite hygienist left the office I went to and shortly after the dentist retired. Sudden tooth pain had me scrambling for relief and my wife and me had heard good things about Rock River Dental. I was able to get in for an emergency exam the next morning with Dr. Showalter, who gave me the bad news that I was in desperate need of a root canal (my first ever). The first available appointment was with Dr. Groskopf, who I was told loves to perform root canals. It may sound weird, but that was the most relaxing two hours I've had in a long time, even dozing off for a few minutes while Dr. Groskopf expertly drilled away on my tooth. Today I had my first cleaning appointment with my new favorite hygienist, Natalie. This was my fifth appointment at Rock River Dental in the last month (like I said, I had neglected my dental care for a while) and every time I'm there the staff is very friendly and they explain everything wonderfully. Next up will be getting my wife and kids scheduled for exams and cleanings. I also have more work to be done, so perhaps I'll update my glowing review following my next root canal with Dr. Showalter (in case I didn't mention it yet, I had neglected my dental care for a few years), but I doubt it will be any less magnificent than the first. If you're in need of a new dental office (or even if you don't think you need a new one), I highly recommend Rock River Dental!”
-Michael, May 2018
Summer Vacation is Not a Dental Vacation!
3 Tips for Healthy Summer Smiles
Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Here are three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:
Stay on a routine
Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime—or letting it slide when they sleep in the next morning. “Don’t forget about your smile over the summer,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes. “It’s important for families to consistently brush and floss, which keeps kids on track for healthy back-to-school dental visits.”
No matter how eventful the upcoming months become, supervise that they are brushing twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Simple things like brushing calendars can help everyone stay on track over the summer. Plus, it’s a chance to spend more time together. Brushing alongside your children for 2 minutes, twice a day for the three months of summer gives you 6 extra hours together, so make the most of them!
And don’t forget to clean between those teeth once a day. “Your children should be flossing between any two teeth that touch,” Dr. Hayes says. “However, many kids don’t have motor skills to floss until they are over 10 years old.” If your child needs help, try different types of interdental cleaners or put your hands over theirs to guide them and get the job done at the same time.
Say no to sugary drinks and snacks
As the temperature rises, it’s common for families to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or nearly any community event. “Watch your family’s intake of lemonade, juice and soda” says Dr. Hayes. “Consider sugary drinks treats to enjoy once in a while, and not often.” Instead, offer water (even better if it has fluoride) to beat the heat, or milk to drink with meals. And, don’t let summertime grazing damage your child’s smile. “Taking a break from snacking is healthy for your teeth,” says Dr. Hayes. “It allows time for saliva to bathe the teeth, wash away leftover food and get stronger.”
If you find yourself spending more time at home, snack smarter, and let your children tell you when they’re hungry instead of offering snacks throughout the day. “They’re not afraid to let you know when they want something to eat!” she says.
Make your back-to-school dental visit early
Some schools require back-to-school dental visits for certain grades, and these checkups can be a good way to be sure your child’s teeth stayed healthy. It is a good idea to make your child’s back-to-school appointment early in the summer to avoid the August rush and help ensure you get the appointment time that works best for you. “We can help spot and take care of any issues, so your child doesn’t have to miss class once school starts,” Dr. Hayes says. “Visiting the dentist regularly can help your child’s smile stay healthy all year long.”
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