5 Ways to feel more Rested this Summer

Categories: Sleep Disorders
feel rested this summer

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ, CA Summer is often a season of relaxation, thanks to vacations. However, time off work to rest and unwind is necessary to maintain a balance in life. A crucial aspect of resting is sleeping well. Unfortunately, when you don’t get enough sleep, it affects your body and can cause challenges during […]

What to do when you can’t get rid of your Chronic Headaches

Categories: TMJ/TMD
chronic headaches

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ, CA Nothing disrupts your day like a bad headache. Unfortunately, many people experience chronic headaches, which impede their ability to go about their routine or just enjoy their daily life. Are you experiencing frequent painful headaches and struggling to find relief? There may be an underlying cause for your problem that […]

The Best ways to keep your Teeth Clean while Wearing Braces

Categories: General Dentistry
keeping teeth clean with braces

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ, CA Getting braces can be an exciting time. You’re finally on your way to achieving perfect teeth! However, not taking good care of your teeth while wearing braces could leave you feeling surprised or disappointed once your braces are removed. Oral hygiene is vital for everyone, but there are specific steps […]

TMJ Disorder has changed how I Look. What can I do about it?

Categories: TMJ/TMD
tmj changed the way i look

Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, CA Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ disorder or TMD, is a serious medical condition that has various potential health consequences. Medical News Today estimates that 9 percent of Americans suffer from TMJ disorder, and each set of symptoms is unique. For some with TMJ disorder, they experience facial asymmetry. […]

How Vitamin D Deficiency could be making you Sick

Categories: General Dentistry
lack of vitamin d cause sickness

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA Even with the vaccines still available, COVID-19 is still out there. The coronavirus pandemic has all of us thinking more and more about our overall health and wellness. And, if you were stuck at home for extended periods of time during the pandemic, stress, junk food, and the always-available food […]

What’s it Like to Live with Sleep Apnea?

Categories: Sleep Disorders
living with sleep apnea

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA We’re all more conscious of our health these days. However, the harsh reality is that you will never be at your best, physically or mentally, without getting the proper amount of restful sleep. For people living with untreated sleep apnea, restful sleep is almost impossible. In this article, Dr. Max […]

5 Surprising Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy for Adults

myofunctional therapy helps adults

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA Myofunctional therapy is a type of physical therapy that retrains the mouth and tongue muscles to function correctly and maintain proper form while at rest. It is a successful therapy for treating orofacial myofunctional disorders in patients of all ages. Even for adults, myofunctional therapy can reverse years of poor […]

Can Tongue Thrust in Adults be Treated?

tongue thrust in adults

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA Tongue thrust is an orofacial myofunctional disorder classified as improper tongue function. In cases of tongue thrust, the tongue moves through or pushes against the front teeth (instead of in a wave-like motion on the roof of the mouth) when swallowing. Correct swallowing patterns typically develop around age 7 or […]

How to Choose the Best TMJ Specialist in Scotts Valley

Categories: TMJ/TMD
choosing tmj specialist

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA Living with jaw pain can interrupt daily life and make it challenging to focus or carry out your normal routine. Regardless of the cause, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) can create severe discomfort in your jaw, neck, shoulders, and upper back and requires medical treatment to reduce pain and […]

The Best Way to Release an Infant Tongue-Tie

Categories: Tongue Tie
best way to release infant tongue tie

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA A tongue-tie restricts the tongue’s natural movement and can lead to life-long issues if not treated early. You’re either born with a tongue tie or not. It’s not something that you can develop later in life. Frenuloplasty is the most common treatment for tongue ties, and this procedure can now […]