Temporomandibular Joint Disorder: Seven Ways to Treat TMD
Are you one of the 25% of North Americans who have a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)? But wait! What is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)?
Before we can discuss its disorder, it’s important that you are able to identify where the TMJ is and what its function is.
The TMJ is located in front of your ears, and it connects your jaw to your skull. It allows us to move our jaw up and down and side to side, it is one of the most complex joints in the body and its purpose is to allow you to speak and eat.
A number of things can cause its disorder including:
- injury to teeth
- injury to the jaw
- teeth misalignment
- fingernail biting
- worn, loose, or missing teeth
- bruxism (clenching, grinding)
- incorrect posture
- poorly fitted dentures
- chewing gum
- and, believe it or not, being a woman aged 18-44 years.