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Boston Dentist Reduces Prices on Custom Mouth Guards

BOSTON, Massachusetts – Boston area residents who grind their teeth at night are not alone. The American Dental Association estimates that 10-15% of Americans grind their teeth. To help combat the harmful effects of teeth grinding, Brookline Dental Center is announcing a limited time offer to receive a custom fitted night guard at a significantly reduced price. Starting December 1, 2010 through January 31, 2011 Brookline Dental Center is reducing prices on custom night guards from $670 to $420

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Stress Moves Michigan Dentist to Invent Life-Changing Device

LAKE ORION, Michigan – Stress produced by our uncertain economic times and continuing warfare has caused an increase in teeth clenching and grinding that is reaching epidemic proportions. "Stress is responsible for teeth clenching and grinding," says Dr. Joe Pelerin of Lake Orion, Michigan who has practiced family dentistry for three decades, "and what most people don't realize is that teeth grinding and clenching not only damages teeth and fillings and leads to receding gums and root canals, but also can be the cause of migraine headaches and pain in the shoulders, neck, back and ears."

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Chronic Headache And Pains May Now Be Alleviated By Dentistry

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Do you have headaches, migraines, or neck, shoulder or jaw pain, ringing in your ears, or clicking in the jaw? Many of us have one or more of these symptoms but we simply live with the discomfort – from mild to severe – because physicians are often unable to locate a physiological cause. Now, however, many people are finding a “neuromuscular dentist” is the solution to chronic face, neck, back and head pain.

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OHSU School Of Dentistry Team Discovers Potential New Target For Treating Craniofacial Pain Problems

PORTLAND, Oregon--Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University's School of Dentistry ( have uncovered an interaction between two proteins in the nerve cells that carry pain information from the head and neck to the brain. The finding could play a significant role in the development of therapies to cure migraines and other craniofacial pain conditions like TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 10 percent of Americans suffer from chronic pain conditions and a significant portion of them have chronic craniofacial pain.

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Forsyth To Take Leadership Role In TMJ/TMJD Research

BOSTON, Massachusetts – The Forsyth Institute has announced the appointment of Lin Xu, MD, PhD, as the Milton & Renée Glass Family Fellow in Jaw Joints & Allied Musculo-Skeletal Research. Dr. Dominick DePaola, President and Chief Executive of Forsyth said, “I am delighted with the appointment and with the entry into this exciting new field of research for Forsyth. It represents a breakthrough in the application of basic science into a craniofacial disorder affecting millions of Americans.” Dr. Xu's current research focuses on the underlying causes including genetic factors, of osteoarthritis in the jaw joints. Arthritis is widely considered a co-morbid condition of temporomandibular muscle (jaw) joint disorders/disease (TMJ/TMJD) the same painful and disabling condition that affects other joints in the body.

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Study Suggests Tension Headache May Actually Be TMJD

BUFFALO, New York – People whose recurrent headaches have been diagnosed as tension-related actually may be suffering from temporomandibular muscle and joint disorder, or TMJD, a study headed by a researcher from the University at Buffalo's School of Dental Medicine has shown.

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Debilitating Jaw and Neck Pain Targeted Through $19 Million NIH Support, Multidisciplinary Center

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – One of the most stubborn and debilitating pain syndromes will come under intense and unprecedented scrutiny over the next seven years as researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill fulfill a new $19 million cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Collaborating in the effort will be scientists at the universities of Florida, Maryland and Buffalo-SUNY and Batelle Memorial Institute in Durham, N.C.

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NIDCR Launches Important Study on Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorders

BETHESDA, Maryland – The National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced today the launch of a seven-year clinical study that could accelerate research on better pain-controlling treatments for a jaw condition called temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJDs).

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When All Else Fails, Surgery a Good Option for Severe Jaw (TMJ) Pain, Study Shows

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Although many temporomandibular joint disorders can be well treated with nonsurgical means, surgery remains an important therapeutic option for many who suffer from this painful disorder, according to one of the first prospective multicenter comparative studies of TMJ surgical outcomes, published in the August 2005 issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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Avoiding The Holiday Grind

SACRAMENTO, California – Holidays can bring on stress as fast as a snow flurry, and that can bring on bruxism, or teeth grinding, for adults and children. Some symptoms of bruxism are jaw pain, headaches, earaches or neck pain.

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