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Are you effectively caring for all aspects of your smile including your jaw? If you fail to take care of your jaw correctly, you could be putting your TMJs at risk. Your TMJs, also known as your temporomandibular joints, are complex joints in your jaw that facilitate the movement of your mouth. Through the crucial tasks that these joints produce, you need to minimize the damage that can be done to them and help prevent further issues from arising should any damage occur. To help prevent TMJ disorders, understand the causes that produce them and the treatments that can be used to treat them.

Several causes of TMJ disorders are known to arise and give credence to jaw pressure and stress associated with jaw TMJ disorders. The following are known causes of TMJ disorder:

– bruxism, also known as teeth grinding
– nail-biting
– misalignments with your teeth
– misalignments in your jaw
– arthritis
– a jawbone dislocation
– regularly chewing on gum or tough and chewy foods

If you are suffering from any of the causes of TMJ disorders, it is important to learn about your various treatment methods. To help treat or alleviate pain associated with a TMJ disorder, various techniques can be used, including the following:

– heat and ice packs for treating pain and inflammation
– yoga
– meditative therapy through calming music and biofeedback
– a diet filled with eating softer foods
– night guards
– bite plates
– jaw strengthening exercises

For additional help with any issues that may arise with your temporomandibular joints, visit our dentist.

Your smile and your oral health care can receive a boost with your TMJ treatments. If you wish to visit the dental office of Today's Dental Care in Jerome, Idaho, you can book an exam by calling us at 208-324-8861. Dr. Don Wyatt and our entire team look forward to providing you with the TMJ disorder prevention and care you need.