In addition to general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry, the leading dentist at Blue Heron Dentistry, Dr. Heather Maze, DDS, offers holistic whole health dentistry that sees the teeth as just one part of a person’s bigger health picture. As such, Blue Heron Dentistry is constantly expanding its whole health check-ups and its integrated treatment plans, and is now reaching out to patients who are suffering from bruxism, tooth grinding and/or temporomandibular disorders (TMD), and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
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Dr. Heather Maze has expanded the practice’s services after witnessing a sharp rise in the prevalence of these conditions amongst children, teenagers, and adults of all ages in recent years. As a recent article on The Washington Post described, teeth grinding and jaw clenching, which is called bruxism, have increased steeply since the onset of the global pandemic, and remain high, with one recent study stating that 60% of adults now exhibit some signs of the conditions and/or complain of jaw pain, headaches, teeth sensitivity and/or damage to teeth or fillings.
Blue Heron Dentistry understands that in the case of TMD or any TMJ disorder, there is often an overlap with stress, mental health issues, and other physical conditions. This is why Dr. Heather Maze will ensure she gains a comprehensive and overall picture of each patient’s health as she devises a personalized treatment plan.
To begin with, Blue Heron Dentistry will most likely prescribe one of their custom TMJ appliances, a soft mouth guard to be worn at night, which can help to relieve the condition’s painful symptoms and protect a patient’s bite.
Should a patient’s tooth grinding or jaw clenching be too severe, Dr. Heather Maze will recommend her patient also seek treatment with her aligned physical therapist.
As a whole health dental practice, Blue Heron Dentistry also works with patients who are suffering from sleep apnea and chronic snoring.
Dr. Heather Maze also recommends that all patients actively address dental issues in their early stages. As she explains, while dental health is impacted by one’s overall health, it has also has a profound impact on the whole body.
A spokesperson for the whole health dentistry and wellness practice said, “Everything in the body is linked. The health of the mouth affects the body systemically, as the health of the body affects the mouth. That’s why whole health is a priority at Blue Heron Dentistry.”
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Blue Heron Dentistry
4645 Medina Rd,