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TMJ Disorder Infographic

THE ANATOMY OF TMD Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (TMD) is a condition that occurs as a result of dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. In other words, a misaligned or bad bite, what dentists call "malocclusion." To temporarily alleviate TMD symptoms sufferers can try conservative self-care practices at home before consulting a TMD dentist who can determine if the underlying problem causing the pain and discomfort can be eliminated. Jaw-Dropping Numbers 1 in 12 people in the U.S. have TMD. That equals 35 million people, or 12% of the U.S. 12% population! Over 90% of patients seeking treatment are 90% women in their childbearing years. Impact on the Body Headaches Ringing in the ears Facial pain Clicking or popping sounds Locking of the jaw Limited jaw movement Sensitive and sore teeth Neck and shoulder pain Numbness in arms & hands How to Help Yourself First Occasionally, TMD is temporary and is best treated conservatively at home. As dentists and other healthcare professionals recommend, "less is best" when treating any conditon. Before trying to locate a specially-trained neuromuscular dentist who can diagnose and treat TMD attempt to: Give your jaw a rest: avoid extreme movements or opening your mouth too wide. Take non-prescription anti-inflammatory drugs. Avoid chewy, crunchy, or otherwise hard foods. Alternate between moist heat and cold packs to relieve facial pain. Learn stress management and relaxation techniques. Learn more at I Sources:

TMJ Disorder Infographic

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TMJ Disorder affects over 20% of Americans at one point in their lives. There are many symptoms of TMD from Headaches and facial pain to sleep apnea. It is a difficult disorder to treat due to multi...


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