Category Archives: TMJ Pain

Is Work Stressing Your Jaw?

Is work stressing you out?   Are you worried about getting your taxes done?  Are there too many things on your to-do list and not enough time in the day to get them done?   Too much stress can lead to tooth grinding or clenching, and eventually temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or jaw pain.

TMD Pain Cycle

 

Overworking your jaw muscles can cause TMD.  Often people don’t even realize they are clenching or grinding.  It may happen at night while you are sleeping, or even during the day.

 

Night guard

 

A night guard can help relieve the symptoms and protect your teeth.  Over a short period of time, the habit is not detrimental.  However, if it is not treated, it can lead to TMD or even cracked tooth syndrome.

 

Headaches and Jaw Pain? Check Your Posture.

Man sitting with poor posture

Did you know that poor posture places the spine in a position that can cause stress to the jaw joint?    When a person slouches or hunches over, the lower jaw shifts forward, causing the upper and lower teeth to not fit together correctly.  This in turn causes the skull to shift back on the spinal column.

This shift can place stress on muscles, joints and bones.  Without proper treatment, it can create pain and inflammations in muscles and joints when you open and close your mouth.

Most people agree good posture is important, but they don’t realize their posture can affect their oral health.   If someone’s posture is unbalanced, it can change the position of the facial muscles causing the bumps and grooves on the upper and lower teeth to not fit properly.

Night guard

For most people a night guard helps reduce facial pain by allowing the teeth to move to a more natural position. In addition, the night guard will help prevent any future damage to teeth.