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10 Interesting TMJ Tidbits You May Not Know

  1. TMJ disorder can affect one or both of the TMJs or the muscles and surrounding tissues.
  2. For the general public (those without TMJ disorder), it is not uncommon to experience occasional discomfort in the jaw joint or chewing muscles. The problem often goes away on it’s own without treatment and with at home self care.
  3. TMJ Hope’s Facebook page is 81% women, and 61% of them are between the ages of 18 and 44. Of the estimated 35 million people in the United States who suffer from TMJ problems, the majority of those seeking treatment are women in their childbearing years.
  4. Jaw clicking is common in the general population. If you have jaw noises alone, without pain or limited jaw movement, this may not mean that you have TMJ disorder.
  5. Botox has not been approved by the FDA for use in TMJ disorders. Research is under way to learn how Botox specifically affects jaw muscles and their nerves.  The findings will help determine if this drug may be useful in treating TMJ disorders.
  6. There is no “cure” for TMJ disorder…just like there is no cure for arthritis, or fibromyalgia. There are, however, treatments that can make the pain more manageable.
  7. The TMJ is the most complex, the most used, and one of the most delicate joints in the human body. Think about how many times you open your mouth to talk, eat, yawn, laugh, etc daily!
  8. According to the NIDCR (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research), “Less Is Often Best In Treating TMJ Disorders.”
  9. The National Institute of Health states: “If treatment is needed, it should be based on a reasonable diagnosis, be conservative and reversible, and be customized to your special needs. Avoid treatments that can cause permanent changes in the bite or jaw. If irreversible treatments are recommended, be sure to get a reliable, independent second opinion.”
  10. TMJ disorder is the second most commonly occurring musculoskeletal condition, resulting in pain and disability (after chronic low back pain), with an annual cost estimated at 4 billion US dollars..

Did you know these? Is there anything you’ve been surprised about since you started having TMJ problems?

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