A TMD is also known as a temporomandibular joint disorder. TMDs are commonly caused by damage to your ball and socket joints within your jaw. Although your jaw is strong, there are many complex pieces that work your jaw’s mechanism, and a breakdown of one can lead to a breakdown of them all. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatment methods that can be employed to alleviate pain or prevent further damage from occurring.
One of the most important things you can do with a TMD is to not overwork the joints after any damage has occurred. This includes avoiding all foods and habits that can put an increased amount of stress on the joint, including chewing gum, chewy foods, tough foods, hard foods, and nail-biting. Instead, look for stress-relieving therapies such as yoga, meditation, biofeedback, and listening to relaxing music.
A TMD could also prove the existence of another underlying condition such as bruxism. If you have bruxism, you unconsciously grind and clench your teeth, often while sleeping. The excess grinding of your teeth can add more pressure to your already overclocked jaw joints. Treatment methods for bruxism include night plates and bite guards. If swelling occurs, use an ice pack.
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