Due to the fact the temporomandibular joint has several working parts to function effectively for all the aspects of your oral health that it requires, you’ll need to make sure they are well taken care of, and risks are limited. Your TMJs are joints within your jaw that are essential for optimum oral health and the movements associated with your mouth and jaw. If a TMJ disorder should arise, visit your dentist for the appropriate treatments. Furthermore, be aware of the causes of TMJ disorders and establish effective prevention and treatment plans beforehand.
If you’re looking to improve your smile, look for different ways to strengthen your jaw. Oftentimes, your jaw is at an increased risk of dental damage because of various habits and treatments that you use are routinely involved in creating underlying stress and anxiety. The additional pressure that can be placed on your jaw can lead to a state of disrepair. If it is out of alignment, dislocated or if you are suffering from arthritis, you will be more than likely to be suffering from a TMJ disorder. Other common causes of TMJ disorders include teeth grinding, also knows bruxism, nail-biting, chewing gum and eating hard and chewy foods.
If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, consider the use of a heat or ice bag to alleviate symptoms involved with that. Whereas ice packs are used to minimize swelling, heat packs can be used to help temporarily relieve pain. In situations where you need to treat a TMJ disorder without the use of an oral appliance, consider the use of yoga and calming music, as they are helpful for alleviating stress often associated with increased jaw pressure. Furthermore, be sure to eat soft foods and practice exercises that can help strengthen your jaw. For further care, visit your dentist for the application of a night guard or a bite plate.
If there is anything more you wish to know about your TMJs, contact our dental office in Covina, California. Furthermore, you are welcome to schedule an appointment at Wong Dental by calling us at 626-709-3332. Dr. Lin Wong looks forward to taking your smile and your oral health care to the next level with TMJ disorder treatments.