Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)

Millions of Americans are suffering from severe neck and facial pain coupled with recurring headaches. Sometimes this pain results from Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).

Your lower jawbone is connected to the skull by your temporomandibular joints (TMJ). These joints are engaged and used a lot throughout the day during yawning, swallowing, and speaking. Pain in and around these joints can result in great discomfort and may even lead to restriction of movement.


Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain in and around the jaw area
  • Ringing ,stuffiness, or Pain in the ears
  • Frequent neck aches or headaches
  • popping or Clicking sound when the jaw moves
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area
  • One side of the face swells
  • The alignment of bottom and top teeth changes
  • Limited opening of the mouth or locked jaw

If you experience any of the above symptoms, get in touch with the doctor. Your dentist will confirm if you have TMD and make necessary recommendations.

Here are some steps you can follow at work or home to prevent the occurrence of TMD or prevent it from getting worse:

  • Keep your face relaxed
  • Do not grind your teeth
  • Avoid chewing the gum constantly
  • Do not cradle the phone receiver between your shoulder and your head – hold the receiver in your hand or use a headset
  • Do not from the habit of chewing food on only one side of your mouth
  • Avoid sitting with your hand serving a rest for your chin
  • Maintain good posture, with your back straight, head up, and shoulders squared

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