Many patients suffer from chronic facial and neck pain in addition to frequent headaches. Sometimes this pain is caused by Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD.
Your temporomandibular joints, or jaw joints, connect your lower jawbone and your skull. Through frequent daily usage such as talking, chewing, swallowing, yawning etc pain in any of these areas can be unpleasant and cause tension and pain.
Symptoms of TMD include:
Pain in the upper or lower jaw area
Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
Recurring headaches or neck pain
Clicking or popping sound with movement of the jaw
Swelling on the sides of the face
Muscle spasms in the upper or lower jaw area
Misalignment in top and bottom teeth
Locked jaw or restricted opening of the mouth
Should you notice any of these symptoms, contact us! We can help advise you as to whether they indicate the presence of TMD, and what sort of treatment is appropriate for you.
If you don’t have any of these symptoms, let’s keep it that way! There are some simple things you can do at home or work to prevent TMD from occurring in your jaw joints:
Relax your face – remember the rule: “Lips together, teeth apart”
Avoid grinding your teeth
Avoid constant gum chewing
Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder – either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear
Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
Practice good posture – keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared
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