Although not common in children, disorders of the jaw and its muscles can occur — called temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. So if your child is complaining of jaw pain, see your dentist.
– Causes include a misaligned bite and teeth grinding.
– Stress, chewing on hard items, or an injury can cause jaw problems.
– Non-surgical treatments may include mouth guards or splints to help prevent damage from grinding teeth.
A dentist should be consulted if your child has pain on yawning, chewing or speaking.
” A TMJ appliance can reduce teeth clenching or grinding which can help alleviate symptoms,”
Dr. Soo Min Kim, DDS, NZDRex
Dr. Kim is a dentist and part of the management at Star Dental. She is committed to offering excellent care in a friendly and calm environment. Dr.Kim enjoys dentistry but is passionate especially about cosmetic dentistry and has special interests in root canal treatments and orthodontic smile makeovers.
She was born and brought up in Seoul, and was in the process of pursuing her career in the United States, when she fell in love with beautiful New Zealand during a short visit in 2008. She became mesmerized by the Kiwi lifestyle.
In her spare time, Dr. Kim loves to watch movies, read, cycle, travel and try new restaurants. She is a member of the New Zealand Dental Association while actively finding time to up-skill her expertise in golf.Kamila Rezaye (Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist)
Kamila assists Dr. Anup Gopal as Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist at Star Dental.
Kamila graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health. She holds a dual qualification as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist, and enjoys meeting new people and developing long-term relationships within her role.
Kamila has a strong passion for improving oral health in the community and helping her patients understand the importance of improving and maintaining good oral health. She provides education about prevention, and believes that good oral health affects more than just teeth, as it significantly contributes to good overall health and wellbeing.
She has a particular interest in pediatric dentistry and the treatment of children and teenagers. and believes that every effort should be made to ensure dental visits are positive experiences.
When Kamila gets free time, she likes to spend time with her four-year-old son, going to the gym and cooking specialty dishes.