1. Facts about TMJ Neck Pain

        5 surprising facts about TMJ neck pain If you have been struggling with annoying neck pain and can't understand where it is coming from, you could be dealing with a problem that stems from your jaw. Think about your pain. If nothing works to make it go away and there is no physical problem in …Read More

  2. Can Whiplash Cause TMJ

    Can whiplash cause TMJ? Your car accident could affect your jaw. When you've been a victim of a car accident, the experience can be overwhelming. Between hospital stays, medical bills, and battles with the insurance company, you may not know which end is up. When you finally go home and begin to re…Read More

  3. TMJ Symptoms

    Patients often don't realize that they are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) because the symptoms are so varied. You may think you have a different ailment entirely. A full examination by Santa Monica TMJ dentist Dr. Ana Brightleaf can help you understand if TMJ is causing…Read More

  4. Causes of headaches

    3 surprising causes of headache Headaches are only an occasional irritation for some people, but for many others they are both chronic and painful. If you suffer from them on a daily basis, you may be interested to learn more about your headache causes and why they keep returning. Here are three rea…Read More

  5. How to Choose a Santa Monica General Dentist

    You have a lot of options for your dental care, and choice is a good thing. When looking for a Santa Monica general dentist for yourself and your family, it’s important to find someone with whom you are comfortable. Dr. Brightleaf understands that this is an important decision. Your general de…Read More

  6. Muscle soreness

    What you need to know about your muscle soreness or stiffness Muscle pain is one of those uncomfortable facts of life that everyone experiences occasionally. Sometimes it is simply because we picked up something heavy, did too much strenuous exercise or slept in an awkward position. When that sorene…Read More

  7. How is Jaw Pain Related to Neuromuscular Dentistry?

    Your jaw and the area surrounding it is a complex, interconnected network of muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and nerves. It’s like a highway system where impulses, especially pain, travel rapidly from one point to another. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, our well-trained TMJ dentist …Read More

  8. Jaw locking, clicking and cracking

    Jaw locking, popping, clicking, and cracking explained! Have you ever heard your jaw cracking or popping while you are talking? Does it sometimes feel like your jaw is locking into place when you yawn, chew or laugh? Do your facial muscles ache or throb? If any of this sounds familiar, you may have …Read More

  9. TMJ/TMD Headaches vs. Migraines

    One of the most common symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) is chronic headaches described as migraine-like in their intensity. Santa Monica dentist Dr. Ana Brightleaf has extensive experience in the field of neuromuscular dentistry, which focuses largely on treating the source …Read More

  10. How Your Teeth Could be Causing Your Headaches

    How your teeth could be causing your headaches Unsightly, crooked teeth reflecting back from your mirror are a daily reality that you don't have the coveted Beverly Hills smile you have always wanted, but what if the state of your teeth are creating other health issues as well? Do you have chronic a…Read More