Elder Care Services and Initiative

Elder Care Initiative and Elder Care Services:

Maintenance of good occlusion and chewing ability is critical to maintaining memory, strength, balance, and brain function.  This is important at all ages, but particularly for the elderly. Elder care services need to be including bite assessment.   Research has shown that one’s ability to chew hard foods has a strong influence on memory, brain inflammation, and the ability to recover from head trauma and strokes.  The jaw nerve (trigeminal nerve) controls blood supply to the brain, hence has a major effect on brain function, neurodegenerative diseases, cognition, and memory.  See Use_of_Jaw_Orthopedic_Therapy_in_an_Anti-aging Regimen.  Also see support literature at articles on bite and brain function.

11 Responses to Elder Care Services and Initiative

  1. Gissela says:

    TMJ cures/treatments?i have been diagnosed with TMJ and am wondering if any body has any cures or treatments that have worked for them apart from surgery. If anyone has any info please help ASAPthanks

    • Dr. Jennings says:

      Gissela: I have treated hundreds of patients with tmj successfully without surgery. The problem in most cases is that the back teeth are not tall enough, thus allowing the jaw joints to be over compressed. The solution is to reposition the jaw with a mouthpiece (making back teeth taller). The teeth have to eventually be made taller, either orthodontically or with crowns. Surgery is typically not a good solution in that it does not get the teeth taller.

      • Linda says:

        I have an ear infection, they are very inflamed, and the wax buildup is tremendous. Well I was so tired of the debilitating ear pain I went to the ENT and he looked in my ears and said they look fine. I explained I had been using a neighbors ear drops to numb the pain and that may have caused them to become better.. but when they hurt, THEY HURT. Like I throw up from the pain, cant hardly walk, any noise bothers me, and they pop constantly. He referred me to an oral surgeon who is probably going to do x-rays and give me a biteguard but the thing is I have had one since I was 16 (now 24) I did not wear it like I should but im skeptical that TMJ is the problem. My jaw NEVER hurts. It does align differently on one side but I had braces and this guard because the dentist knew I grinded my teeth. Now I could be totally wrong and this could be an end all to all my problems, but I hear they prescribe muscle relaxers to help and I have been on muscle relaxers for almost a year and im still getting the migraines and ear pain so I think if it was TMJ it would have eased up a bit being on the meds and all. My insurance also does not cover TMJ expenses so is this something drs just misdiagnose to put your problems on someone else? Or could I really have it? Also with the extreme pain im in hearing that they only make biteguards and prescribe NSAIDS, which dont do ANYTHING for me, Im reluctant to even go to the oral surgeon. I need help with the PAIN.. I know if it is TMJ and they do a guard pain will ease up gradually but the headaches and aches and pain are keeping me from living a normal life. I need relief and from what I have read about it.. that is something that comes over months and months

        • Dr. Jennings says:

          Linda:
          You most likely do have TMJ. Ear symptoms are a very common symptom that is found with jaw misalignment. You might try a mouth guard from your local sports store or have your dentist make a 2mm soft splint. Often anything that increases the height of the back teeth will give you some relief. The ear pain is typically very intense. It sounds like you are going to need to eventually get your jaw alignment fixed (probably need anterior reposition therapy). Dr. J

  2. Joanne Speakman says:

    my stepson has Type 1 diabetes and is receiving jaw treatment; he is applying for disability and it will take some time. I would like to know if there is a role his jaw treament is playing in his Type 1 diabetes and if when he qualifies you would take any medi-cal for disabled patients. We are trying to support his efforts and running out of money……

    • Dr. Jennings says:

      Joanne: I am currently treating two diabetic patients to see what impact bite will have on blood sugar levels ( I suspect trigeminal nerve may impact reticular
      formation causing sensory processing disorders). I seemed to have had moderately good response in one case, and no response in the other. I don’t take medical.

  3. Sheila wills says:

    Have you found you research helps Parkinson’s. I have a big problem with stiffness of my legs making it difficult to talk plus balance problems.

    • Dr. Jennings says:

      I have many patients for whom our bite therapy helps their Parkinson’s. 40 years of Japanese research has shown that anytime the bite is lowered on one side, the other side of the body becomes stiff and rigid. It would be advisable to have your bite checked (masseter muscle palpation). Dr. J.

    • Dr. Jennings says:

      Yes, bite therapy has been shown to be helpful in Parkinsons (lots of youtube videos). Japanese have done 30+ years of research on bite destruction in animals- which causes stiffness on opposite side of body from where teeth are shortened. Dr. J

  4. K tune says:

    IVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH TMD, IT STARTED AFTER I HAD MAJOR DENTAL WORK,ELEVEN IMPLANTS,SINUS GRAFT,ETC, NEARLY FOUR YEARS AGO, TWO DENTISTS SAY MY ANTERIOR GUIDANCE HAS BEEN PUT IN TOO STEEP, BUT MY IMPLANTOLOGIST IS SAYING ITS JUST A COINCIDENCE ?IVE HAD EYE PRESSURE AND FACIAL TINGLING ALL ALONG,NOW,AFTER WEARING A NIGHT SPLINT,FOR A MONTH,THE EYE TWITCHING AND PRESSURE IS WORSE,WHAT WOULD YOU KINDLY SUGGEST, MANY THANKS.

    • Dr. Jennings says:

      Kathleen:
      You need to have your jaw splinted to find a therapeutic position (likely with your lower teeth near tip to tip with upper teeth). A night appliance that gives you some height in your bite would likely be helpful.

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