TMJs and TMDs

Temporomandibular joints, also commonly referred to as TMJs, are essential for optimum oral health. TMJs are the ball-and-socket joints on both sides of your jaw that enable the movement of your jaw for all its various functions. This includes skills such as speech, opening and closing your mouth and chewing food. Without TMJs, your skills would be hindered or impossible altogether. However, due to the sheer amount of working pieces, your TMJs can easily break or wear down, resulting in a TMJ disorder, known as a TMD. For more information about TMJ disorders and treatments, consider this:

– Joint pain connected to TMJ disorders can be alleviated with heat or ice packs.
– Meditation routines and practices include yoga, calming music, and biofeedback, which have all been shown to help alleviate jaw pressure.
– Your TMJ disorder could be the result of another underlying disorder such as bruxism. If you are unknowingly grinding and clenching your teeth at night, more stress and pressure will be placed upon your jaw.
– Various foods and habits can damage your TMJs, including nail-biting, chewing gum, or rough or chewy foods such as steak.

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