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TMJ Problems and How You Can Prevent Them

Posted on 9/25/2023 by Thomas Plunkett DMD
TMJ Problems and How You Can Prevent ThemThe joint that connects your lower jaw bone to your skull is called the Temporomandibular Joint. It enables you to perform movement functions and speak. However, some factors can lead to problems within the jaw causing pain and discomfort. They may also cause dislocations and limitations in jaw movement. Some of the problems that are related to the TMJ are mentioned below in line with their solutions.


The TMJ is a combination of a hinge action, which means it enhances the sliding motions of the mouth. However, disorders are said to occur if there is a misalignment on the shock-absorbing disks when there is cartilage damage in the joints, and in case of impact on the joints, it might be prone to damage.

Symptoms of TMJ problems

To know that you have an underlying problem, the following signs and symptoms are common. First, there is pain and tenderness in the jaw either on one side or in both sides of the temporomandibular joints. You are also expected to feel an aching pain around the ear that may lead to difficulty in chewing and pain while eating. This may be due to the locking of the joints that might eventually cause issues with the opening and closing movements of your mouth.

How to prevent TMJ problems

Prevention is the key, not just that but it also offers a safe way out of the stated problems. You are encouraged to maintain good postures when it comes to your neck and mouth. Joints are prone to dislocation; therefore, you are advised to ensure that your shoulders are always relaxed to reduce tension in the neck and joints. In addition to that, you are encouraged to keep fit.

It is also advisable to avoid excessive chewing of hard objects like pen caps. These activities may strain your jaw joint causing unnecessary pain. Finally, foods that are rich in calcium and magnesium minerals are advised to enhance the growth of strong jawbones. Maintaining a healthy diet is key, be it at home or outside the home. Our dentists offer guidance when it comes to the perfect diet and ways to maintain your oral health, they are also responsible for the operations that might be needed to maintain healthy jaws. Visit us today and get treated.

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