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TMJ discomfort

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may be a source a of facial pain, neck pain, jaw clicking and discomfort in addition to headaches. This joint connects your lower jaw to your head and when there is dysfunction in this joint the following symptoms could occur:

  1. Pain or stiffness in the jaws, spine or neck
  2. Ear pain, ringing, or fullness
  3. Frequent headaches
  4. Pain in muscles of the faceHead Pain concept
  5. Clicking or popping in the joint
  6. Limited mouth opening
  7. Pain when chewing or talking
  8. Jaws that some times dislocate or lock

Even though not all jaw pain is associated with the temporomandibular joint, please let us know at your next appointment if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. We can assess you and possibly design a treatment plan to help with your symptoms

Here are some proactive tips to help you prevent TMJ problems:

• Be mindful of your facial muscles. Throughout the day try and relax your face. When your lips are together try and let your lower jaw rest so that your teeth are apart
Avoid grinding your teeth your teeth during the day. If you think it may happen at night, it may be time for a night guard retainer.
• Avoid excessive gum chewing
• Don’t hold a phone between your head and shoulder. Try using earphones or holding the phone to your ear
• Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
• Do not sit or lay down with your chin rested on your hand
• Always keep good posture while sitting and standing

Try these tips and help yourself prevent the potential onset of TMJ problems

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