There are many disorders and diseases that can contribute to the deterioration of a person’s dental health.
Most disorders and diseases are associated with tooth and jaw pain and one said disorder and diseases is TMJ.
TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. Some people may be more at risk for developing temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ, than others.
Those who are at risk for developing TMJ are women ages 18 to 45, individuals who suffer from arthritis and those with overpronation of the front or bottom teeth (which causes misalignment of the teeth and jaw bone).
Other than the various risk factors, there are several other reasons why TMJ may appear, which include people who have or are wearing braces, gum chewing, poor spinal alignment, stress, and teeth grinding.
Signs and symptoms of TMJ may include headache, ear pain, muscle stiffness in the jaw, popping of the jaw and pain in the temporal area of the head.
There are many ways to alleviate the pains of TMJ. One simple tip for those living with TMJ is to eat softer foods since it cuts down the stresses of chewing and the mechanical movement of the jaw.
Other tips include usage of cold packs along the jaw to soothe swelling and inflammation, diffusing relaxing essential oils to provide a calming effect which may help soften tension in the jaw muscles and seeing your dentist.
A dentist will be able to prescribe medications, such as muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, and nerve pain medications, that are stronger than OTC medications, to help in severe TMJ cases.
Also, in extreme cases of TMJ, a dentist can help solve any alignments of the jaw with dental surgeries.