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Ellicott City Smiles Dr. Damian D. Blum, DMD 10132-C Baltimore National Pike

Ellicott City, MD 21042

Ellicott City Smiles strives to be a safe environment free of discrimination, regardless of race, age, sex, class, different abilities, health status, skin color, religion, culture, national origin, sexual preference, familial status, and gender identity.

Ellicott City SmilES JULY Newsletter 2011

Photo by Bruce McKay

Ellicott City Smiles Dr. Damian D. Blum, DMD

10132 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042 Phone: (410) 465-3224 Fax: (410) 465- 4760 www.es.ellicottcitysmiles.com

www.ellicottcitysmiles.com & Now on Facebook at “Dr. Damian Blum, Ellicott City Smiles�

INSIDE: TMJ Botox Treatments ABCDs of Melanoma-Spotting Poetry & Cute Animal Friend PICS And more!


Hello Again! We’ve made it to the middle of July and it is with great pleasure that we have created this newsletter for you! We hope you like it, and we also hope that the transition to July has yielded you all lush produce and has found you outside and enjoying yourselves with good company and clear skies. To all of our patients and friends, new and old, THANK YOU once again for your FRQÀGHQFHLQXV2QPRVWGD\VLWLVDQXWWHUSOHDVXUHIRUXVWRFRPHLQWRWKHRIÀFHWRGRGHQWLVWU\ and help those beautiful smiles stay healthy and become healthier. We always seek to better ourVHOYHVIRU\RXUEHQHÀWDQGLIWKHUHLVDQ\WKLQJZHFDQKHOS\RXZLWKWKDW\RXDUHXQFHUWDLQRI please feel at ease to get in touch. Yours, Dr. Damian Blum & Team

We are also pleased to welcome our newest team member, bilingual (spanish & english) Administrative Assitant and Tech Janete Grinblat!

CUTE ANIMAL FRIEND PHOTO CONTEST WINNER & RUNNERS UP! Eli and Luther

Our Winners!

With That Moon Language Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.� Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise someone would call the cops. Still, though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect.

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The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the jawbone to the skull. Located at the sides of the head near each ear, these joints play an essential role in eating, speaking, and making facial expressions. The TMJ joint is one of the most frequently used, strained, and complex joints in the entire body! When the temporomandibular joints stop working properly, is misaligned or stressed, it can result in a syndrom with symptoms that include chronic ear SDLQMDZVWLIIQHVVDQGVRUHQHVVGLIĂ€FXOW\RSHQLQJ the mouth, jaw popping or jaw clicking, neck pain, and migraine headaches. Sufferers of TMJ pain may experience either sharp pain or a dull, constant ache. Some of the treatment options are mouth guards, bite therapy and TMJ exercises. This painful condition of the jaw and neck area can also be alleviated by injecting Botox into the sight, which relaxes the muscles (prevents them from contracting) and can keep someone comfortable while undergoing treatment to correct whatever their TMJ problem is. Botox treatment is by its nature a temporary treatment and when the treatment effects are gone, they are gone completely.

Why not become the one who lives with a full moon in each eye that is always saying,

Dr. Blum is delighted to be able to offer mouthguards, bity therapy, and Botox treatments for his patients’ TMJ and esthetic needs!

with that sweet moon language, what every other eye in this world is dying to hear?

Chronic pain is no light thing and can be extremely detrimental to person’s life quality. Aches and pains and headaches are signals that your body is out of balance, and you don’t have to be complacent by taking the pain.

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If you have any questions about TMJ treatment, as always, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Hello Again! We’ve made it to the middle of July and it is with great pleasure that we have created this newsletter for you! We hope you like it, and we also hope that the transition to July has yielded you all lush produce and has found you outside and enjoying yourselves with good company and clear skies. To all of our patients and friends, new and old, THANK YOU once again for your in us. With each day, it is an utter pleasure for us to come into the to do dentistry and help those beautiful smiles stay healthy and become healthier. We always seek to better ourselves for your and if there is anything we can help you with that you are uncertain of, please feel at ease to get in touch. Yours, Dr. Damian Blum & Team

We are also pleased to welcome our newest team member, bilingual (spanish & english) Administrative Assitant and Tech Janete Grinblat!

CUTE ANIMAL FRIEND PHOTO CONTEST WINNER & RUNNERS UP! Eli and Luther

Our Winners!

With That Moon Language Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.” Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise someone would call the cops. Still, though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect.

Ginsberg

Luna and Diego

Got Migraines? We have TMJ Treatments that Could Help! The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the jawbone to the skull. Located at the sides of the head near each ear, these joints play an essential role in eating, speaking, and making facial expressions. The TMJ joint is one of the most frequently used, strained, and complex joints in the entire body! When the temporomandibular joints stop working properly, is misaligned or stressed, it can result in a syndrom with symptoms that include chronic ear opening pain, jaw stiffness and soreness, the mouth, jaw popping or jaw clicking, neck pain, and migraine headaches. Sufferers of TMJ pain may experience either sharp pain or a dull, constant ache. Some of the treatment options are mouth guards, bite therapy and TMJ exercises. This painful condition of the jaw and neck area can also be alleviated by injecting Botox into the sight, which relaxes the muscles (prevents them from contracting) and can keep someone comfortable while undergoing treatment to correct whatever their TMJ problem is. Botox treatment is by its nature a temporary treatment and when the treatment effects are gone, they are gone completely.

Why not become the one who lives with a full moon in each eye that is always saying,

Dr. Blum is delighted to be able to offer mouthguards, bity therapy, and Botox treatments for his patients’ TMJ and esthetic needs!

with that sweet moon language, what every other eye in this world is dying to hear?

Chronic pain is no light thing and can be extremely detrimental to person’s life quality. Aches and pains and headaches are signals that your body is out of balance, and you don’t have to be complacent by taking the pain.

The words you speak become the house you live in. -

If you have any questions about TMJ treatment, as always, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Before you go Whale Spotting: Learn the ABCDEs of Melanoma Spotting! Most people love the sun, and rightfully so--without it life could not exist! Unfortunately, too much of it is not a good thing, and with the delpetion of the ozone layer and climate change speeding up, cases of skin cancer are on the rise. Though the amount/type of melanin one’s skin has directly relates to how protected their skin cells are from UV radiation (the more melanin/ darker skin, the more protected you are!), geographic latitude, and many many other enviornmental & genetwe’re all at risk and need to be aware! skin and skin wiht cancer spots? To focus on the most dangerous and deadly type of skin cancer, Melanoma, early detection is the key factor to successful treatment. Here’s some of what you should be looking out for:

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Want your toothbrush to last longer?! When you’re getting ready to go to sleep, try soaking the bristle-portion of your toothbrush in mouthwash over night (or whatever time of the day you sleep during.) This will help to kill lingering mouth bacteria on your toothbrush that would otherwise multiply while you sleep! (And don’t store it next to the toi-

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in the nearby air...and believe us you don’t want that (4-letter-word) in your mouths. Typically, we’d suggest to change the bristle-part of your toothbrush approximately every 3 months for the manual kind, or potentially every 6 months for the electric kind if the bristles hold up well. Mark the toothbrush-change date on your calendar, or pick a special day (like your birthday!) and make a habit out of changing it on that special day, then 3 months after that, then at the 1/2 year mark, etc! You will not regret it. !"#$$%&##'()"*$(%+",$'-.$

browns, and tans are present.

Diameter. marks are also a warning sign.

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changing, that too is a warning sign.

Have you hear about our Laser Alternative to Gum Surgery for people with periodontitis?! http://ellicottcitylanap.com/

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Before you go Whale Spotting: Learn the ABCDEs of Melanoma Spotting! Most people love the sun, and rightfully so--without it life could not exist! Unfortunately, too much of it is not a good thing, and with the delpetion of the ozone layer and climate change speeding up, cases of skin cancer are on the rise. Though the amount/type of melanin one’s skin has directly relates to how protected their skin cells are from UV radiation (the more melanin/ darker skin, the more protected you are!), geographic latitude, and many many other enviornmental & genetwe’re all at risk and need to be aware! skin and skin wiht cancer spots? To focus on the most dangerous and deadly type of skin cancer, Melanoma, early detection is the key factor to successful treatment. Here’s some of what you should be looking out for:

Assymetry. When a mole or spot on your skin is Border. When the edges of a mole or spot are uneven, blurred, jagged, or notched.

Color. Color is uneven/not uniform. Blacks,

Want your toothbrush to last longer?! When you’re getting ready to go to sleep, try soaking the bristle-portion of your toothbrush in mouthwash over night (or whatever time of the day you sleep during.) This will help to kill lingering mouth bacteria on your toothbrush that would otherwise multiply while you sleep! (And don’t store it next to the toi-

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in the nearby air...and believe us you don’t want that (4-letter-word) in your mouths. Typically, we’d suggest to change the bristle-part of your toothbrush approximately every 3 months for the manual kind, or potentially every 6 months for the electric kind if the bristles hold up well. Mark the toothbrush-change date on your calendar, or pick a special day (like your birthday!) and make a habit out of changing it on that special day, then 3 months after that, then at the 1/2 year mark, etc! You will not regret it. !"#$$%&##'()"*$(%+",$'-.$

browns, and tans are present.

Diameter. marks are also a warning sign.

Evolving. When your mole or skin spot grows or

changing, that too is a warning sign.

Have you hear about our Laser Alternative to Gum Surgery for people with periodontitis?! http://ellicottcitylanap.com/

AN XKCD COMIC


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