TMJ Awareness Month
This November, let’s focus on an often-overlooked aspect of oral health – the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). As we recognize TMJ Awareness Month, it’s time to shed light on this crucial joint and the issues that can arise, affecting our jaw function and overall well-being.
The TMJ is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull, facilitating essential movements like chewing and speaking. However, when this joint becomes dysfunctional, it can lead to a range of symptoms collectively known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD or TMJ disorder).
Common TMJ Disorder Symptoms:
- Jaw pain or tenderness
- Clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth
- Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
- Facial pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Earaches or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Causes of TMJ Disorder:
Several factors contribute to the development of TMJ disorder, including stress, teeth grinding, jaw misalignment, arthritis, or injury. Identifying the underlying cause is essential to determine the most effective treatment approach.
Tips for TMJ Health:
- Practice Stress Management: Since stress is a common trigger for TMJ issues, incorporating stress-reduction techniques like meditation or yoga can be beneficial.
- Avoid Teeth Grinding: A custom-fitted mouthguard can help protect your teeth and alleviate TMJ symptoms if you grind your teeth, especially at night.
- Maintain Good Posture: Poor posture can contribute to TMJ problems. Be mindful of your posture, especially while sitting at a desk or using electronic devices.
If you’re experiencing persistent TMJ symptoms, it’s crucial to consult with a dental professional. They can assess your condition, determine the root cause, and develop a personalized treatment plan to alleviate discomfort. Don’t hesitate to contact our team if you are experiencing TMJ pain.