TMJ PAIN!!!!! :(

A VARIETY OF TREATMENTS FOR TMJ PAIN ARE AVAILABLE RANGING FROM THE SIMPLE TO COMPLEX SURGERY. MOST EXPERTS BELIEVE THAT TREATMENT SHOULD BE PROGRESSIVE. A CONSERVATIVE APPROACH IS RECOMMENDED, AS YOU EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AND IDENTIFY CAUSE.

APPLYING MOIST HEAT OR COLD PACKS IS THE MOST BASIC TREATMENTS FOR TMJ; AND A GREAT PLACE TO START:
Apply an ice pack to the side of your face and temple area for about 10 minutes. Do a few simple stretching exercises for your jaw (as instructed by your dentist or physical therapist). After exercising, apply a warm towel or washcloth to the side of your face for about 5 minutes. Perform this routine a few times each day.*
Make this easier on yourself by utilizing the Cool Jaw® soft stretch face wrap with hot / cold gel packs.  The product line utilizes a unique, patented pocket design that allows patients to easily replace gel packs without compromising compression.

Cool Jaw® hands free cold therap

Cool Jaw® hands free cold therapy can mold to the contours of the face, will not leak, and are light weight, ensuring proper pressure.

*http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders?page=2

Make Mine A Root Beer

root beerThe University of Maryland recently published in  The Academy of General Dentistry’s Journal, “General Dentistry”, a review of not only traditional soft drinks but non-cola soft drinks, diet drinks, and canned iced tea.  All, according to Dr. Thomas Balshi, prosthodontist and founder of Prothodontics Intermedica in Philadelphia, can cause irreversible damage to our dental health.

Logic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when it comes to permanently destroying your tooth enamel.  My first thoughts would be sugared sodas were the very worst choice when looking for a thirst quencher……..Did you know diet sodas have the same negative effect as the sugared versions since the main culprit is the acidic additives?

Wouldn’t you think brewed coffee or tea were a no-no?  Brewed black tea and coffee  had a minimal effect, canned iced tea on the other hand causes 30 times the damage to tooth enamel as brewed tea or coffee.

You know water is always good for you, but Root Beer???  Those clear-as-water choices like Sprite, Sierra Mist, and Fresca all have acidic flavor additives, including malic, tartaric, citric and phosphoric acids which weaken and erode tooth enamel. They cause 2-5 times more damage than darker cola drinks.  The high level of acid actually dissolve the tooth’s enamel!

“Root beer, which contains the least amount of flavor additives, was found to be the safest soft drink to safeguard dental enamel,” as per Dr. Balshi. “The chemical reaction between your mouth’s natural acidity and that found in the soft drink can result in significant tooth decay.”

Gives new meaning to a cold one.

Cool Jaw® featured in New Product Showcase at Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration

Cool Jaw "Your Frozen Business Card"

Cool Jaw introduces New Hot/Cold Recovery Aids

Cool Jaw® will exhibit at AO’s “Real Problems, Real Solutions” March 6 – 8, 2014, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA. Booth 945.

 

 

PRLog (Press Release) - Feb. 27, 2014 - ALLENTOWN, Pa.  Cool Jaw®, a division of Medico International Inc®, is a leading supplier of Hands-free Cold Therapy for the oral and maxillofacial surgical fields.  Medico International’s Cool Jaw® product line utilizes a unique, patented pocket design that enables patients to easily replace gel packs without compromising compression; allowing them to fulfill their post-operative care instructions in an easy, non-evasive manner.  Cool Jaw products are ideal for wisdom teeth extractions, reconstructive jaw surgery, implant surgery, maxillary and mandibular trauma, and genioplasty, as well as facelifts and TMJ pain.

Cool Jaw® strives to continually innovate, which is why we are especially excited to introduce Your Frozen Business Card ™ -a new collection of cold and heat therapy products. Stop by Cool Jaw® by Medico International Inc®, AO Booth 945 and receive your product sample.

See “Cool Stuff” and enter for a chance to win one of our new featured products! Join us for a cold one at the New Product Showcase, Friday, March 7th, 2014 5:00-6:30 p.m. Room 213 Washington State Convention Center.

Contact
Cool Jaw
1.877.411.7009
info@cooljaw.com

Laughter is the Best Medicine: Healing and Humor

Freezer Section

Let Cool Jaw® Meat or Veggie Wraps lift your spirit and accelerate your healing. Fun and Funky – and a heck of a lot more patient friendly than the old alternatives!!

I found this on line and quickly passed it on to two of my friends who constantly suffer from jaw pain and teeth grinding…So glad to see that someone is addressing the serious business of TMJ pain with a lighthearted approach.

The Cool Jaw® product line utilizes a unique, patented pocket design that allows patients to easily replace gel packs without compromising compression.  A serious improvement to cryotherapy, Cool Jaw’s exclusive design helps promote patient compliance by allowing them to fulfill their post-operative care instructions in an easy, non-evasive manner.

Cool Jaw® strives to continually innovate; now their exclusive, hands-free patented design is here, but with a smile.

Resembling the old “beef bandage“, (a steak slapped for a black eye), or a bag of frozen peas, “The Freezer Section” makes a tough situation better with a lighthearted approach to healing. Cool Jaw® Meat and Veggie Wraps are ideal for immediate use following wisdom tooth removal, reconstructive jaw surgery and dental implants. They are also great for use with TMJ and any other oral and maxillofacial jaw surgeries that require jaw compression and hot/cold therapy.

To justify this crazy purchase I’d like to include an excerpt from

The Healing Power of Humor

By MAUD PURCELL, LCSW, CEAP

http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-healing-power-of-humor/000437

Today we have a better understanding of how laughter affects human physiology. It:

  • Reduces pain. Our bodies produce pain-killing hormones called endorphins in response to laughter.
  • Strengthens immune function. A good belly laugh increases production of T-cells, interferon and immune proteins called globulins.
  • Decreases stress. When under stress, we produce a hormone called cortisol. Laughter significantly lowers cortisol levels and returns the body to a more relaxed state.

The other good news is that humor has a positive impact on intellectual and emotional functioning. It:

  • Helps put life’s trials and tribulations into healthy perspective by making them seem smaller.
  • Aids us in overcoming fear.
  • Allows us to take ourselves less seriously.
  • Triggers our creativity.

Cool Color Cold Care

rt_clm_cooljaw_bgCool Jaw® T-430 Soft-sided Round Gel Packs are ideal for a variety of cold therapy applications, such as use after injections, blepharoplasty and breast surgeries. These sturdy, reusable gel packs remain flexible when frozen and provide uniform cold therapy. The ultimate patient-friendly cold therapy product! Features one soft-sided surface that shields the skin from direct contact with the frozen pack. These 4” round gel packs offer a convenient, comfortable and economical cold therapy application for patients.

Now available in Cool Colors:
Vanilla
Cool Blue
Pink Ice
Kiwi
Mango

How do oral contraceptives affect dry socket?

How do oral contraceptives affect dry socket?Care should be taken when planning oral surgery.  Oral contraceptives increase a woman’s risk of developing dry socket, a condition where a blood clot dislodges after a tooth extraction. Oral contraceptives, or birth control pills, contain high amounts of the female hormone estrogen, which can prevent your body from healing.

Oral contraceptives also increase your sensitivity to pain, so you may experience more discomfort. Women on birth control pills who decide to have their wisdom teeth removed should try to schedule the surgery for the end of their menstrual cycle (usually days 23 through 28). There seems to be less risk of dry socket during this time.

Discomfort from Dry Socket can be addressed with a multi-use, non woven medicated surgical dressing.  Dressol-X can be left in the socket for 4-5 days providing immediate and long term relief. In many cases, additional analgesics are not needed.

What to Buy before Jaw Surgery

girl with bagIn an effort to make your surgery as uncomplicated as possible; a little shopping before hand is a wise idea. Anyone who is soon to undergo jaw surgery of any sort will benefit from being prepared.

 

Pick up the following essentials before your surgery:

  • Long Q-Tips (especially for upper jaw surgery)
  • Mouth wash
  • Facial tissue
  • Medicated lip balm, Chap-stick, or cocoa-butter for lips
  • Extra wash cloths
  • Replacement pillowcase, in a pattern or color. Save your matching white sets for when soiling is no longer an issue.
  • Hot/Cold Gel Packs
  • Multiple Vitamin tablets for daily consumption, and if necessary, a laxative
  • Entertainment – movies, video games, books and anything else of interest to you that requires minimal energy. (remote control, batteries)
  • Notepad, pencil and paper, a magic slate…maybe even a dinner bell.  Anything to ease communication.
  • Regular room humidifier
  • Water Pic (optional) – not to be used in the first two weeks after surgery.
  • Key chain type toe nail clippers to cut wires in extreme emergency if jaws are wired together
  • Blender
  • Food – Instant Breakfast and Protein Supplement Meals, chicken broth, tomato soup, prune juice and smoothie ingredients (whole milk, ice cream, yogurt, peanut butter, honey, strawberries, bananas and oatmeal)

 

Fill all of your prescriptions the day you’re allowed to return home.  You will need them, if not now, eventually.shopping bags