TMD Problems and How to Prevent Them
TMD / TMJ Los Gatos
Problems with your temporomandibular joint can be painful and can interfere with basic functions of your jaw like chewing and talking. In order to recognize and prevent TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) remember to look out for and be cautious towards these things:
Excessive tooth grinding increases stress to the joint.
General stress often leads individuals to clench their jaw more frequently.
Women, and especially those adults between ages 20 and 40 are more likely to develop TMD.
General aching or tired facial muscles are a common symptoms of TMD.
Grating or popping sounds when you chew or close your mouth could be signs of TMD.
You can try to prevent TMD by reducing risk factors like wearing a mouthguard if you know you grind your teeth at night, or reducing stress and relaxing to avoid unnecessarily clenching your jaw throughout the day and in your sleep.