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Eating Habits and Lifestyle Changes Can Help TMJ

Left untreated, TMJ can cause a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort, and severely impact one’s quality of life. Individuals who suffer from TMJ Disorder are often burdened by debilitating symptoms such as chronic jaw pain, migraines, back pain, facial pain, and difficulty chewing or speaking. Experts estimate that approximately 10-15% of Americans suffer from… READ MORE

A Conservative Holistic Option for Treating TMJ Disorder

Hello, I’m Dr. Jonathan J. Bechtel, DDS and today I’d like to talk about some of the methods I use to treat TMJ Disorder. You or someone you know may benefit from knowing this information. TMD is a troublesome and painful health affliction that affects millions of Americans. Individuals who suffer from this condition are… READ MORE

Patient Testimonial Spotlight

I have found my experience with Dr. Bechtel to be completely satisfactory. I have observed him to be patient, logical, extremely detailed, caring, willing to help in whatever I asked of him, and persistent in achieving our mutual goals. I met Dr. Bechtel in 2020 when I had my third episode of TMJ. Two prior… READ MORE

Bad Habits To Break If You Suffer From TMJ Disorder

TMJ facial pain and headaches impact about 10% to 15% of Americans, impacting their quality of life and making daily tasks more difficult. The pain, discomfort, and tenderness can affect jaw joints, the face, neck, ears, shoulders, and upper back. Many TMD sufferers experience trouble sleeping, eating, and other activities that make day-to-day living more… READ MORE

An Oral DNA Test Can Save Your Life

You may have heard people referring to your mouth as the gateway to the rest of your body. Countless research studies have been finding increasing evidence that demonstrates just how significant the health of our mouth impacts the overall health of the rest of our body. This is called the oral-systemic connection. This simply means… READ MORE

What Causes Teeth Grinding During Sleep?

Do you ever wake up in the morning with soreness in your neck, back, or ear or a stiff, tired-feeling jaw? You may be unconsciously grinding your teeth at night. I have patients come into my office with these same complaints as much as once or twice per week. Often, patients who suffer from teeth… READ MORE

Holistically & Biologically Inclined Dentistry in 2022

Hello, this is Dr. Jonathan J. Bechtel, DDS and I am super excited about continuing to provide holistically and biologically inclined dentistry in 2022. I’m fully dedicated to the integrated health and wellness of the whole body and helping my patients with their health and wellness goals. I feel blessed to be practicing holistically and… READ MORE

Can Biomimetic Dentistry Prevent Root Canals?

At my dental practice in Lansing, MI, I am committed to providing restorative dental services that uphold our holistic and biologic wellness standards. I provide a biologic alternative to conventional crowns with biomimetic, minimally invasive restorations. Biomimetic Dentistry is a superior form of dentistry that’s been proven to provide better long-term oral health than traditional… READ MORE

Can A Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea? YES!

Yes, your sleep apnea oral appliance solution for snoring can be treated at my Lansing, MI dental office. I have the training, skills, and experience to treat mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea for my patients. To treat this condition, I may recommend a custom-made oral appliance. But first, it’s crucial to learn and… READ MORE

Dental Ozone Therapy Is Here At Bechtel Dentistry

Bechtel Dentistry is excited to announce that Dental Ozone Therapy is available for patients seeking holistic dentistry treatments that support natural healing and is minimally invasive at our Lansing Dentist office. Hello, this is Dr. Jonathan J. Bechtel, DDS, and we are committed to helping you enjoy optimal health and wellness, using safe alternatives to… READ MORE

Biologic Diagnosis & Treatment of TMJ Disorders

Bechtel Dentistry Is Focused On Biologic Diagnosis & Treatment of TMJ Disorders, Graduated OBI’s Level 3 Curriculum: Hello, I’m Dr. Jonathan J. Bechtel, DDS and I became a dentist because I have always wanted to help others. Nothing makes me feel internally better, than when I can help someone else. It adds meaning to my… READ MORE

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

TMJ Treatments for Lansing, Michigan As a Lansing dentist, TMJ health is a topic that I frequently receive questions about. I see a fair amount of patients that experience TMJ health related issues, although they usually don’t know they are at the time that the symptoms are occurring. That’s because TMJ often manifests in a… READ MORE

TMJ/TMD Self Assessment

Bechtel Dentistry is honored to provide our effective, holistic approach for TMJ/TMD care. Our self-assessment questionnaire is designed for ease and convenience for all of our patients living throughout Lansing and the surrounding area. This complimentary TMJ/TMD assessment can help you assess if your current TMJ health. Please contact our office as soon as possible… READ MORE

Lansing’s Premier Source for Mercury-Safe Dentistry

Bechtel Dentistry is a dedicated mercury-free facility offering mercury-safe removal services. That means that we do not place any mercury fillings and are certified to safely remove mercury fillings, utilizing a specific protocol, for patients throughout the Lansing area. I am certified in SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) from the IAOMT, International Academy of… READ MORE

Got TMJ Pain? I Can Help Provide Relief!

Hello, this is Dr. Jonathan Bechtel, DDS and I am honored to extend my TMJ/TMD expertise for patients suffering from this painful condition including facial pain, jaw pain, headaches and more. All of our individualized treatment plans embrace our holistic approach, offering minimally-invasive, yet effective methodology. Our team is here to provide the support you… READ MORE

Home Remedies for Alleviating TMJ Headaches and Facial Pain

TMJ facial pain and headaches impact about 10% to 15% of Americans, impacting their quality of life and making daily tasks more difficult. The pain, discomfort, and tenderness can affect jaw joints, the face, neck, ears, shoulders, and upper back. Many TMD sufferers experience trouble sleeping, eating, and other activities that make day-to-day living more… READ MORE

Proper TMJ Management Can Improve Your Quality of Life

TMD sufferers often experience a myriad of symptoms that can impact day-to-day living, affecting their quality of life. Some of the more common symptoms of TMD include pain, discomfort, and tenderness throughout their jaw joints, face, neck, ears, shoulders, and even upper back. TMJ pain impacts about 10% to 15% of Americans, making proper management… READ MORE

What Are the Best Sleep Positions for TMJ Patients?

Sleep can often be underappreciated until you start to experience difficulties with getting the proper rest you need. Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders can impact you physically, mentally, and emotionally, putting you at higher risk for considerable health conditions. Sleep is so important for your overall wellness as well as your oral health. TMJ/TMD patients… READ MORE

TMJ Treatments for Lansing, Michigan

TMJ Treatments for Lansing, Michigan As a Lansing dentist, TMJ health is a topic that I frequently receive questions about. I see a fair amount of patients from Lansing, Holt, Okemos, and Mason that experience TMJ health related issues, although they usually don’t know they are at the time that the symptoms are occuring. That’s… READ MORE

Preventative Dental Care

Preventative Dental Care As a Lansing dentist and dental health coach, preventative care is one of the areas of dental health that I feel most strongly about. Practicing proper preventative care, both at home and by visiting the dentist, is essential for maintaining good oral health. Through regular care and maintenance, our Lansing dentist can… READ MORE

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a type of inflammatory Arthritis that is also an autoimmune disease.  Although the reasons why it occurs are not fully understood, the immune system is over reactive and attacks the body’s own synovial tissue throughout the entire body.  The synovium is a thin membrane that lines all of the joints in… READ MORE

The Road Less Traveled

I did a Google search on a question today.  What is more important to Americans, Health or Money?  The search took me to a website called debate.org.  The site posted the questions, tallied the responses and allowed the respondents to comment.  I was shocked to see that the poll was running 50/50 in respondents choosing… READ MORE

Oh My Beating Heart!

Blood pressure is a measurement most of us are familiar with.  It provides a critical insight into the health of someone’s cardiovascular system.  It is a reading that should be taken at every medical visit.  It consists of two numbers, the first number being Systolic, which is the pressure of the blood as it is… READ MORE

Dental Fitness 101

One thing I think we pride ourselves on in our dental office is our focus on preventive care. The reality is that whether you go to a dentist or not is NOT going to be the primary indicator of whether or not you keep your teeth in your mouth the rest of your life. Now… READ MORE

Home Care for a Healthy Mouth

I am going to give you a gift. I am going to tell you the secret to avoiding a lot of pain, expense, and minutes of your life sitting in a dental chair you will never get back. This article is going to focus more on the actual care techniques that work. It goes without… READ MORE

The China Study Cookbook

Delicious Recipes! I highly recommend this book called “The China Study Cookbook” by LeAnne Campbell, PhD.  In the book, our family has found a number of delicious recipes that promote better health.  Below is a recipe for a Southwestern Salad that is easy to make and delicious!   Enjoy and here is to your Good Health!… READ MORE

Diet and Your Health

Two years ago, almost to the day, the World Health Organization announced the findings of a panel of experts it had convened. The headlines were a shock to this Meat and potatoes lover. The WHO had come to the conclusion that eating processed meats (hot dogs, ham, bacon, some deli meats, and sausage) raised the… READ MORE

Why does my jaw hurt?

It is interesting how throughout life, things seem to happen in patterns or waves.  I am sure someone at MIT has mathematically figured out the statistical probability for just about anything.  One thing I have noticed recently within the practice is that a number of patients have come in within the last month complaining of… READ MORE

Periodontal Disease Process

 The dreadful story of periodontal disease.  A little bit of plaque can lead to a little bit of gum disease.  A little bit of gum disease usually leads to a little bit more.  This is how gum disease progresses to losing teeth.  In some individuals this process can take months if really aggressive.  In most… READ MORE

Health and Disease: New Definitions

We need to look at ourselves from a systems point of view—as an organism comprised of physical elements and an energy field constantly in flux the whole. We are influenced at all times, endlessly, and in many ways difficult to pinpoint, by countless disturbances and inputs. We must redefine our concepts of health and disease…. READ MORE