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8 Exercises for TMJ Relief

If you are experiencing headaches, jaw pain, or other symptoms related to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD), it’s not a bad idea to try some jaw exercises to help reduce, relieve, or eliminate symptoms. Jaw exercises are a type of home care for TMJ that can be effective for people looking [...]

By |January 31st, 2022|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on 8 Exercises for TMJ Relief

What Are the Types of TMJ and Facial Pain?

One of the challenges that doctors face in talking about pain of the face and mouth, what we call orofacial pain, is that not everyone uses the same terms. We’re not just talking about how some people might call temporomandibular joint disorders TMJ while others use TMD. Instead, we’re talking about doctors [...]

By |March 10th, 2020|Chronic Pain, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on What Are the Types of TMJ and Facial Pain?

Why Jaw Joint Popping Is More Serious Than Knuckle Cracking

You might think that, because you routinely crack your knuckles and there's nothing wrong with it, you don't have to worry about popping in other joints, such as your jaw joint. First of all, there are potential problems with cracking your knuckles (such as risk of acute injury, decreased hand strength, and swollen joints). And [...]

By |August 28th, 2019|Jaw Pain|Comments Off on Why Jaw Joint Popping Is More Serious Than Knuckle Cracking

Jaw Pain Is Another Good Reason to Lose Weight

Is losing weight one of your New Year’s resolutions? Are you starting to flag on it? Well, if so, consider this incentive: patients who lost weight were able to see their pain reduce in many joints throughout the body, not just the joints that have to bear the weight. This means not only that weight [...]

By |February 1st, 2018|Chronic Pain, Jaw Pain|Comments Off on Jaw Pain Is Another Good Reason to Lose Weight

Maintaining Oral Hygiene When You Have TMJ

Living with temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, means lots of things. It means monitoring everything from your diet to your pain triggers to keep your jaw working as normally as possible. It means working with professionals for treatment and putting together a self-management plan

By |July 26th, 2017|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Maintaining Oral Hygiene When You Have TMJ

Not All TMJ Symptoms Are In Your Jaw

For people suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ, there are a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Jaw pain is a common indicator of the disorder, as is the tendency to clench or grind teeth. Some people experience popping or clicking sounds when they open [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Headache, Jaw Pain, Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on Not All TMJ Symptoms Are In Your Jaw

Joint Effort: Research Examines TMJ, Arthritis Connection

Arthritis is sometimes a factor in the jaw pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a common condition that can also lead to migraine-like headaches, soreness in the neck and shoulders, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Current and forthcoming research aims to provide a better understanding of the relationship between certain types of [...]

By |September 15th, 2016|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Joint Effort: Research Examines TMJ, Arthritis Connection

Horses Also Saddled With TMJ Disorder

A horse is a horse, of course, but scientific research into the anatomy and medical conditions of animals like horses can also help us better understand our own bodies and health ailments. One such area of focus is the temporomandibular joint and its role in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Temporomandibular joints connect [...]

By |May 12th, 2016|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Horses Also Saddled With TMJ Disorder

Alligator Discovery May Lead to Better Understanding of TMJ

Scientists have long known that the crocodilian species — which includes various types of crocodiles, alligators and caimans — have the strongest bites in the animal kingdom. What was not entirely understood was just how these aquatic reptiles are able to generate such extreme force. But the recent discovery of a second jaw joint in [...]

By |April 14th, 2016|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Alligator Discovery May Lead to Better Understanding of TMJ

The Nerve: TMJ Shares Symptoms with Rare Trigeminal Disorder

Because temporomandibular joint disorder is characterized by a number of symptoms that are common in other medical problems or health ailments, many patients suffer through multiple attempts at diagnosis before arriving at a neuromuscular dentist with experience in correctly assessing and successfully treating TMJ disorder. But as a recent Washington Post article [...]

By |March 30th, 2016|Chronic Pain, Headache, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on The Nerve: TMJ Shares Symptoms with Rare Trigeminal Disorder

Can Singing Lessons Help With TMJ?

Iggy Azalea has recently proclaimed on Twitter that her singing lessons have done more than just help her prepare for future albums. Believe it or not, she claims her singing lessons have actually helped her with her TMJ as well. At the beginning of 2015, the Aussie singer shared news of her TMJ [...]

By |February 18th, 2016|Home Care, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Singing Lessons Help With TMJ?

Developments Made in Rebuilding TMJ Joint

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is not only a very painful condition affecting the jaw, but can also put a huge strain on your day to day life. There are a number of things that you can do to protect your temporomandibular joint, but what can you do if you already have TMJ? X. [...]

By |December 16th, 2015|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Developments Made in Rebuilding TMJ Joint

Can Heat Help With TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can be a major source of pain and discomfort for those suffering from the disorder. TMJ has been linked to migraines, facial pain, as well as neck and shoulder pain due to the interconnectivity of the nerves running along the temporomandibular joint and the cooperative action of [...]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Home Care, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Heat Help With TMJ?

Five Questions to Ask before Trying Home Care for TMJ

To get the best results from TMJ treatment, it’s advised that you start with the most minimally invasive treatments before moving on to more invasive and irreversible treatments. So starting with home care is a good idea most of the time. But before you try a home care routine, it’s important [...]

By |July 29th, 2015|Headache, Home Care, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Five Questions to Ask before Trying Home Care for TMJ

New Foundation Ignores Dental Causes and Symptoms of TMJ

A new organization launched this month with the goal of conducting research and educating people with TMJ disorders and facial palsy. The Foundation for Facial Recovery aims to be a resource for healthcare providers so that they can properly diagnose facial palsy and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). According to the Foundation’s news release [...]

By |July 22nd, 2015|Jaw Pain, Movement Disorders, TMJ|Comments Off on New Foundation Ignores Dental Causes and Symptoms of TMJ

High Schooler Elena Stotts Battles TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can make seemingly simple tasks like eating, yawning, and speaking painful and unpleasant. Jaw pain, although not usually a life-threatening condition, disrupts your life in big ways. For Erie high school senior Elena Stotts, jaw pain even keeps her from attending more than a handful of classes per week. [...]

By |April 8th, 2015|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on High Schooler Elena Stotts Battles TMJ

What’s Causing Jaw Pain While Running?

These days it seems like running has gained tremendously in popularity. And it's not just that more people are running, it's that more people are running longer and longer distances. Even Matthew Inman, the genius behind the blobular comic The Oatmeal, has become an ultramarathoner and written a book about running. Unfortunately, with all this [...]

By |December 5th, 2014|Jaw Pain|Comments Off on What’s Causing Jaw Pain While Running?

How to Avoid Neck and Jaw Pain on a Road Trip

The summer road trip is an American tradition, but as summer rolls on and many families return from their vacations, they find that they have suffered back, neck, or jaw pain as a result of the trip.But if you're getting ready to hit the road or if you're at a rest stop trying [...]

By |July 30th, 2014|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on How to Avoid Neck and Jaw Pain on a Road Trip

Home Care Is the Best Place to Start for Jaw Pain

For jaw pain, you might be tempted to rush out to the dentist or doctor right away for care, but the best place to start is treating it at home. TMJ is very common, but in many cases it will resolve on its own with a little bit of treatment at [...]

By |May 28th, 2014|Home Care, Jaw Pain|Comments Off on Home Care Is the Best Place to Start for Jaw Pain

Could Glutamate Be Responsible for Your Jaw Pain?

Most of us are at least passingly familiar with glutamate. It's the "G" in MSG, monosodium glutamate. It's a common food additive, often associated with Chinese restaurant food, but actually present in many of the modern processed foods we eat. However, it turns out that glutamate can trigger many negative symptoms, including headache [...]

By |March 26th, 2014|Jaw Pain|Comments Off on Could Glutamate Be Responsible for Your Jaw Pain?

Jaw Pain the Most Important TMJ Symptom

We are in the midst of a revolution of our understanding of TMJ because of the large-scale OPPERA study, which looked at nearly 3000 people at four locations. These people had not been diagnosed with TMJ, but they were followed for three years to learn more about TMJ's onset and symptoms. We've previously [...]

By |February 19th, 2014|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Jaw Pain the Most Important TMJ Symptom

Jaw Pain: When to Talk to a Dentist

Are you suffering from jaw pain? Are you unsure whether it's something serious that you need to talk  to your doctor or a dentist, especially a neuromuscular dentist, about? Here are some things to consider before seeking out professional help. At-Home Remedies Don't Work One of the first things to do about jaw [...]

By |December 9th, 2013|Jaw Pain|Comments Off on Jaw Pain: When to Talk to a Dentist
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