Due to the oral health risks associated with TMJ disorders, it is important to assess what they are and how to treat them properly. A TMJ disorder, also known as a temporomandibular joint disorder, arises when the joints in your jaw are not working correctly. This is because they consist of different working parts including muscles and ligaments that work with your jaw bone. If for any reason they are damaged, your entire oral health could suffer.
Typical causes of TMJ are often linked to stress or excessive use of your jaw. This can arise due to continually chewing on pens or pencils, or biting your nails. Furthermore, if you’re suffering from an underlying condition such as bruxism, which means you are unconsciously grinding and clenching your teeth, your risk for a TMJ disorder is increased. Arthritis, dislocations, and misalignments with your teeth and jaw are also known risk factors for TMJ disorders.
Treating a TMJ disorder often depends on applying stress-relieving techniques and stretching exercises, Heat packs can assist with pain, and ice packs can help with inflammation. If a TMJ disorder does not get better, visit your dentist for an evaluation and treatment suggestions.
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