What is TMJ and How to Prevent It

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A condition of the jaw muscles and nerves, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) is caused by irritation or injury to the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. The joint connects the jawbone and the skull and acts much like a hinge to a door. Injury of this joint can lead to pain while chewing, a popping, or a clicking of the jaw. It symptoms continue to get worse swelling of the face can even occur which also can lead to headaches, nerve inflammation, tooth grinding, or even worse, a dislocation of the joint.

What May Be Proponents of The TMJ syndrome?

TMJ Syndrome and what causes it are not completely understood. The reasoning behind this is the many different symptoms patients have been experiencing before diagnosed with TMJ. Take a look for yourself:

  • Misalignment of Teeth or Jaw
  • Grinding of Teeth
  • Bad Posture
  • Hypertension or Stress and Anxiety
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders like Arthritis and Many others
  • Over-Chewing Gum.
  • Hypertension or Stress and Anxiety

Ways to Prevent TMJ

The TMJ syndrome and its symptoms can come and go, a stress lifestyle could cause a flare up. Most preventative measures to prevent the TMJ syndrome and its symptoms can be done at can often be done at home.

  • Eat Softer Foods
  • Avoid Gum
  • Practice Good Posture
  • practicing stress reduction and relaxation techniques;
  • Correct Jaw Damage or Trauma

While relatively treatable if caught and managed early, TMJ is a disorder that needs to be monitored before it becomes a major issue. We want you to have a healthy mouth and a healthy life, contact our office for recommendations if you’re experiencing discomfort.

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