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Your temporomandibular joints, also called TMJs are ball and socket joints in your jaw that function to move your jaw in all the directions it can. However, if your jaw is damaged or worn, your oral health can suffer. Listed below are ways to check to see if you have a potential TMJ disorder:

– To ensure your smile is properly taken care of, have heat and ice packs ready for any pain or inflammation that may occur with TMJ disorders.

– You can make your TMJ disorder worse if you bite your nails, chew gum, or eat extremely chewy foods.

– Although meditation techniques may not seem like the most helpful treatments for jaw pain, it might just surprise you. Relaxation is key to relieving jaw pressure, so try various stress-relievers such as soft music with yoga and biofeedback.

– Although not all TMJ disorders are linked to other ailments, many may find their traces to underlying causes. In some cases, TMJ disorders can be caused by ailments such as bruxism, which is the unconscious teeth grinding disorder.

Dr. Kathleen Tantuco and Dr. Woojae Chong at Vernon Woods Dental Care Associates can make sure that you receive the care and quality your jaw and smile requires. If you would like to come visit us at our dentist office in Sandy Springs, Georgia, please schedule an appointment at 404-692-7913. Come in today to discuss treatment methods for damaged TMJs.