Can Jaw Disorders Be Prevented?

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Jaw disorder, also known as temporomandibular disorder or TMJ, is a health issue that affects the jaw joint and the surrounding facial muscles and that usually comes with pain in the affected area as well as in the ear, clicking sounds coming from the jaw and very often the inability to open and close the mouth properly. TMJ can be caused by many things, including the misalignment of the teeth, teeth grinding, stress, arthritis, a wrong movement during chewing, some of which can be prevented. Here are some tips how:

  • Try to find a relief for stress – stress can be the cause behind lots of symptoms, one of the most common issues being excessively contracted muscles. When the muscles of the head contract involuntarily, under the influence of stress, the jaw can move incorrectly, which can lead to TMJ. Finding an efficient method to release stress will relax the facial muscles as well, thus reducing the risk of developing TMJ;
  • Quit gum chewing – while gum chewing has lots of positive effects, such as cleaner, healthier teeth, chewing movements repeated over a longer period can stress and exhaust the jaw muscles, thus increasing the risk of TMJ;
  • Getting braces – severely misaligned teeth can also increase the risk of getting TMJ, therefore dental aligners, such as braces, can help with prevention.  Talking with HICD can help you decide if oral surgery is required, see