How to Prevent the Pain of TMJ

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Do you have facial pain near your temporal lobes that won't go away? You might be dealing with TMJ.

What is TMJ?

Source: medicinenet.com

Source: medicinenet.com

Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located on each side of your head. While TMJ is the most common term for when these joints hurt, they're actually referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

Do I have the symptoms of TMJ?

The following are symptoms of TMJ. You do not have to have all symptoms.

  • Facial, neck or shoulder pain when you chew or speak
  • Pain when opening mouth widely
  • Clicking or popping noises in your jaw (with or without pain)
  • Difficulty or discomfort when chewing
  • Swelling
  • Toothaches or headaches
  • Dizziness, earaches or hearing loss

What causes TMJ?

Having pain in your TM joints can be caused by:

  • grinding or clenching your teeth
  • injury to your jaw, head, or neck
  • arthritis in the TM joints
  • stress, if you tighten your facial muscles or jaw often

How can I prevent TMJ?

  • Wear a night guard if you grind your teeth in your sleep
  • Exercise your jaw 
  • Take a break if you are feeling stressed out
  • Chew less gum
  • Avoid biting objects, such as pens or fingernails
  • Don't cradle your phone on your shoulder

TMJ is a serious condition and should be treated immediately. If you are suffering from TMJ pain, contact us below!

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