Dr. Paul Elliott Stuart FL Discusses How Neurology Can Help With Some Oral Health Problems

Dr. Paul Elliott Stuart, FL

December 29, 2020

Dr. Paul Elliott Stuart, FL

Dr. Paul Elliott Stuart FL is a board-certified neurologist and physician trained at the University of South Florida where he completed his internship and residency. He initially received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University from 1987 to 1991. He has been recognized and endorsed for his board certification, for the quality of his practice in medicine, and by his fellow physicians. . We sat down with Dr. Paul Elliott Stuart FL to discuss some of the areas of neurological medicine that intrigue him mostHe commented, among other things, that there are often neurological causes of certain dental conditions, namely Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome as well as excessive salivation. He suggests that many cases of these conditions have neurological causes and can be treated via neurological treatment methods. Here’s what we learned.

 Treating TMJ Through Neurology

Dr. Paul Elliott explained that TMJ can be caused by many things. Common causes include infection, injury, dental abnormalities, and more. But because the area encompassing the face, jaw, head, and neck are highly vascular, are components of multiple interrelated systems, and are rich in nerve endings – TMJ can also be caused by a neurological condition. Common forms of such a neurological condition can be created by or related to stress and anxiety, Dr. Paul Elliott Stuart FL explains. Nerve damage is also a potential cause. Of course, an injury that may cause the condition can also cause nerve damage, stress, and anxiety. Dr. Paul Elliott says that patients can learn to reduce the neurological component contributing to their TMJ through relaxation techniques, biofeedback exercises, and other neurological treatment methods. When a contributing neurological cause has been successfully diagnosed, Dr. Paul Elliott Stuart FL explains, the treatment is likely to be much more fulsome, complete, and beneficial. The difficulty, he says, is in not stopping at a one-dimensional diagnosis and missing the totality of the problem.

 Treating Excessive Salivation Through Neurology

Dr. Paul Elliott Stuart, FL went on to explain that just like TMJ, excessive salivation can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, including neurologically derived conditions. It could be caused by degenerative neurological and swallowing abnormalities, which in fact, could also be partly neurological. It could be from an infection. Dr. Paul Elliott Stuart FL then explained that an infection in the head, neck, or face could also damage nerves in such a way as to trigger excessive salivation. Like TMJ, there are institutional roadblocks to getting a diagnosis from a neurologist once a dental diagnosis has been made. Patients tend to have their treatment delayed attempting numerous failed treatments before they go on to be seen by a neurologist. This is unfortunate, Dr. Paul Elliott Stuart FL explains.

 Perhaps in the future, with advances in telemedicine, dentists, oral surgeons and orthodontists could consult with neurologists more readily. These types of professionals could even strike up partnerships that would take much of the guesswork out of treating these and similar conditions.