Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called “TMJ,” are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. The disorder and resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain. When you suffer from frequent headaches, muscle pain and popping sound you hear when you open and close your mouth, you might be in it for the TMJ disorder. This disorder affects the joint connecting your lower jaw to your skull.
There are many causes listed that may cause TMJ disorder, however let me share the most common habit that we normally do.
- Excessive gum chewing, nail biting, eating very hard foods
- Clenching due to anger or stress which results in a common complaint of “sore jaws” noticed in the morning.
- This third one, I find funny but really ladies, this is serious! Exaggerated opening of mouth, when eating large sized foods, excessive opening during yawning/sneezing and in difficult cases of third molar (wisdom tooth) extraction
According to studies, women accounts majority of the percentage of those who suffers from TMJ. Be mindful of the following symptoms of TMJ disorder, such as the painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth as mentioned above, stiffness of the jaw muscle and the burning pain in the face, neck or jaw. When you have any of these symptoms, it is important that you see experts such asTMJ dentist Carmel IN to ensure your case is well treated. For self treatment, eat soft foods, avoid extreme jaw movement like yawning wide and excessive gum chewing. When in pain, try applying some ice packs on the affected area.
There’s no really specific reason why women are more prone to TMJ except than that of the hormone related as the researchers put it. In the meantime, take extra precautions to prevent this disorder.