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A Minor Auto Accident Can Cause Chronic Headaches

by Dr. Sheila Birth

Too often, chronic headaches, including migraines, are the result of anything from a simple fender bender to a more major motor vehicle accident. For many, relief is as close as their dentist's office -- even years later.

"We recently helped a 106-year-old patient who had suffered from decades of chronic headaches resulting from an auto accident in 1964. She had seen multiple specialists without relief. She has not had a single headache since her TruDenta care," reported Dr. Sheila Birth of Birth-Stewart-Fletcher Orthodontics, Ft. Worth, Texas.

Extensive research now shows that many headaches -- up to 80 percent -- are the result of dental force imbalances. Dental force problems can often result from a micro or macro trauma to the head, neck, face or jaw. In addition to vehicle accidents, lasting effects can result from a simple fall or from playing soccer or other sports years ago.

Symptoms can range from frequent headaches or migraines, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vertigo or TMJ disorder (pain in your jaw, face, neck or ears). Each of these symptoms can dramatically impact day-to-day life in other ways -- depression, fatigue, stress and anxiety are all common among these sufferers, as well as a statistically lower overall quality of life.

Now there is help with the non-invasive TruDenta system, available at more than 400 dental and orthodontic offices in 47 states.

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Potential candidates for TruDenta treatments are examined using a digital bite force analyzer to pinpoint imbalances in the bite. In just 15 minutes, a trained dental professional can determine whether the patient's symptoms are related to improper or imbalanced dental forces.

The TruDenta system has provided relief to thousands of headache sufferers.

The treatments are painless, pleasant, and require no drugs or needles and use technologies and modalities that were originally developed -- and perfected by -- physicians in sports medicine. TruDenta dentists have been able to rapidly and painlessly resolve issues for 95 percent of their diagnosed patients with lasting results.

TruDenta care is often covered by medical insurance. Fee for service is also an option, and most TruDenta doctors provide a free consultation.

For a free Headache Diary, please visit http://info.trudenta.com/headachediary.

To learn more, please visit www.TruDenta.com/NUSA2.

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  • Assessing DMSD
  • Bite Force Analysis
  • Mandibular Range of Motion
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Only Dental Professionals

In many cases, only dental professionals can help the estimated 80 million Americans suffering from the painful symptoms caused by improper dental forces, called dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction (DMSD).

READ MORE "...it is imperative to include the training for orofacial pain, particularly those from temporomandibular joint and musculoligamentous tissues.” JADA Cover Story, 10/2015, Vol. 146, Issue 10, Pg. 721-728

Assessing DMSD

20% of your existing patients suffer from DMSD, as do 20% of all Americans. Your team members quickly assess patients for "red flags" (which indicate DMSD), utilizing TruDenta's patented technologies.

The National Institutes of Health estimate that over 80 million Americans suffer from one or more of the symptoms of DMSD, including:
• Chronic Headache
• Migraine
• Tinnitus
• TMJ/D
• Vertigo
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Bite Force Analysis

TruDenta uses digital force measurement technology, powered by Tekscan®, for evaluating the amount of bite force that is present during closure, at closure, and while chewing. The technology is so advanced that it actually calculates the bite force and motion on a tooth-by-tooth basis. This digital exam literally shows a movie of the bite force in action revealing abnormal forces in the nerves, muscles and ligaments that are often the cause of symptoms.

Bite balance is also calculated to identify potential issues within the overall chewing system. READ MORE

Mandibular Range of Motion

A normal opening for an adult is 53 mm to 57 mm. Limited or restricted range of motion (less than 40 mm) is a reduction in an individual’s ability for normal range of movement. Along with opening movement, an individual should be able to slide their jaw to the left and to the right at least 25 percent of their total mouth opening in a symmetrical fashion.

When restricted movement exists, an imbalance in the system is present, and breakdown of the system is likely to occur. READ MORE

Cervical Range of Motion

The TruDentaROM is a system of hardware and software that digitally measures cervical range of motion (ROM) impairment based upon AMA guidelines. This directly affects the proprioceptive feedback system of the dental occlusion, TMJ, and the muscles of mastication.

ROM impairment is another “red flag” which assists doctors in accurately diagnosing symptoms that are often dental force related. This data enhances medical insurance collections and the collaboration with referring medical doctors. READ MORE

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  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Microcurrent Stimulation
  • Low-Level Cold Laser

Less Than One Hour Doctor Chair Time

A typical case requires less than one hour of doctor time in the diagnosis and minor occlusal adjustments during the rehabilitation period.

Treatments are performed by a trained team member once per week, in less than one hour. The most severe cases require 12 treatments. Therapies are spa-like, non-invasive and require no drugs or needles. Most patients report dramatic results after the very fist treatment. Note: The majority of patients utilize an orthotic only during the treatment period, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. READ MORE

Therapeutic Ultrasound

The goal of therapeutic ultrasound treatment is to return circulation to sore, strained muscles through increased blood flow and heat. Another goal is to break up scar tissue and deep adhesions through sound waves.

Therapeutic exposure to ultrasound reduces trigger point sensitivity and has been indicated as a useful clinical tool for managing myofacial pain. Additionally, ultrasound also has been shown to evoke antinociceptive effects on trigger points. READ MORE

Microcurrent Stimulation

Sub-threshold microcurrent stimula¬tion reduces muscle spasm and referral pain through low electrical signal. It also decreases lactic acid build-up and encourages healthy nerve stimulation. In particular, microcurrent electrotherapy has been shown to help increase mouth opening significantly.

• Reduces muscle spasm and referral pain through low electrical signal
• Decreases lactic acid build-up
• Encourages healthy nerve stimulation
• Increases mouth opening significantly
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Low-Level Cold Laser

Low level laser/light therapy is one of the most widely used treatments in sports medicine to provide pain relief and rehabilitation of injuries. Over 200 randomized clinical trials have been published on low level laser therapy, half of which are on pain.

Low level laser/light therapy decreases pain and inflammation, accelerates healing of muscle and joint tissue 25 to 35 percent faster than without treatment, and reconnects neurological pathways of nerves to the brain stem, thereby inhibiting pain. READ MORE

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