The Drs: Mouth Guard Offers Tourette Syndrome Symptom Relief

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The Doctors: Unique Treatment For Tourette Syndrome

Each and every day, those with Tourette Syndrome face uncontrollable jerking or shouting. Craig Carton is a well-known radio show host who was diagnosed with mild Tourette’s when he was 30. He now has four kids, two of which have been diagnosed with the syndrome. Craig is hoping to help his children, as well as so many others, by giving them a voice. He founded an organization called Tic Toc Stop, with the goal of raising as much money as possible to research a new concept. That concept is that a specific mouth piece could help those with Tourette’s.

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The study was done at the University of Tennessee Dental School, which is entirely different than any other study done before. He was going to a dental community to fix a neurological disorder, which didn’t seem to make sense to a lot of people. “But it makes all the sense in the world,” Craig stated. “Because it works.”

The Drs: Mouth Guard Offers Tourette Syndrome Symptom Relief

The Doctors heard from a man who helped develop a mouth guard that can provide symptom relief to those with Tourette Syndrome. (superwebdeveloper / Flickr)

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The Doctors: Mouth Piece Helping Tourette’s Patients

Craig wanted to make it clear that the biggest misconception about people with Tourette Syndrome the idea that they’re constantly blurting out curse words, saying that only happens to a small percentage of those with the disorder. For a hundred years, there hasn’t been a single advancement in research for Tourette’s. That’s why he decided that instead of throwing drugs at the problem, creating zombies out of kids, he wanted to discover a non-invasive treatment.

Craig shared that a registered Tourette nurse in Long Island named Dana discovered that there were a couple independent dentists who didn’t know about each other, using the same treatment for patients in their practice. Craig brought those dentists together to create a mouthpiece that has had amazing results.

Dr Bill Balanoff explained that what they believe is happening, is that by re-positioning the jaw, the sensory signal sends a signal back to the brain stem, turning off the motor signal that causes muscles to twitch. The child wears the mouth guard when they feel that they need to and for the most part seems to work instantly. Craig believes they are selling hope, not offering a cure.

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