How Do I Keep My TMJ in Good Health?
Just like keeping your teeth healthy, your TMJ should warrant regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist to prevent complications during a routine dental exam. Proper brushing and the use of fluoridated toothpaste such as Colgate® Sensitive Complete Protection can help you reverse any wear to the enamel caused by a TMJ condition.
So, what is TMJ? Go to your dentist at least two times a year to check for problems before they occur, and you won't even need to know. Your TMJ is like any other joint in your body, and good preventive health habits will ensure a lifetime of happy smiles and chewing.
About the author: Dr. Huot is the founder and CEO of Beachside Dental Consultants, Inc. He has lectured at many meetings across the country, and his past articles have been featured in Dental Products Report, Dental Economics, Dental Practice Report, ADA News, and state dental journals. Dr. Huot retired in 2012 as a colonel in the USAF Reserve Dental Corps after 30 years of service, with his last assignment serving as Commander of the 920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Patrick AFB, Florida. A past president of the Maine Dental Association in 1994, and the 2006 president of the Atlantic Coast District Dental Association, Dr Huot currently serves as a member of the Florida Dental Association Board of Trustees, and a board member of the American Dental Association Council on Government Affairs. Dr. Huot is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.