Temporomandibular joint disorder is more than annoying. It can cause oral health problems, and can even affect your general health.
Signs And Symptoms Of TMJ
If you have developed TMJ, you may notice symptoms that affect your mouth. When you close or open your mouth, a grating or popping sound may occur. You may experience difficulty closing or opening your mouth.
Some TMJ symptoms may be present in your jaw. Your jaw can lock, and your jaw muscles may become swollen or painful. You may notice a numb or tingling sensation.
Pain from TMJ does not only affect your jaw. You may feel pain in your neck or ear, and you may develop headaches.
How To Prevent TMJ
While TMJ can be treated, and symptoms may disappear, it is easier to prevent this condition than to treat it afterward. If you are experiencing symptoms, consult with your dentist as soon as possible. Prompt treatment can prevent further problems.
One of the main causes of TMJ is clinching or grinding your teeth. Not only does this put pressure on your teeth that can damage your tooth enamel, it is harmful to your jaw. If you have this habit, ask your dentist for advice on how to stop.
In many cases, clinching and grinding occurs when you are dealing with stress. There are healthy ways to relieve stress that do not harm your oral health.
In some cases, though, it occurs during the nighttime. If you grind your teeth when you are asleep, you may not be aware of it. Perhaps your spouse, parent, or other family member has brought this problem to your attention.
Nighttime grinding can be prevented by wearing a mouth guard. Ready-made mouth guards can be purchased from sporting goods stores, but a better approach is to obtain one from your dentist. It will be the correct fit for your mouth, and you can learn how to care for it properly.
The best approach to TMJ is to prevent it before it develops. You can have good oral health.