Your jaw has a joint on either side known as your temporomandibular joints, your TMJ. These joints are among the most used joints in your whole body because you use it for chewing, biting, and speaking. You use your jaw every single day. Yes, these joints are capable of taking the brunt of a lot of pressure and strain. However, TMJ disorder can arise if your joint takes on too much strain and pressure. Misalignment can cause this. Overworking the jaw by grinding your teeth can, too. As you age, your jaw may not be able to work as hard as it used to. We have outlined some things to be mindful of when taking care of your jaw joints.
How You’re Using Your Mouth
Yes, you use your mouth to chew, speak, bite, etc. But you may also use your mouth to help you hold your keys, carry something when your hands are full, or open a package. Doing these things can not only cause damage to your teeth, but they can overwork your draw. Things like using too big of a toothbrush, taking big bites, or chewing hard food can all add up to excess strain. Remember to give your mouth and jaw some time to rest when you can. You can massage your jaw a bit in the morning to help keep the joints and muscles limber for the day.
Misalignment and Bruxism
Chronic involuntary grinding of your teeth, known as bruxism, can lead to TMJ disorder by causing undue wear and tear on the jaw joints through consistent grinding and pressure. Conversely, TMJ disorder and the malfunction of the jaw can lead to the involuntary grinding of your teeth. The root cause of either of these conditions can sometimes be a misalignment of your smile.
There are ways to deal with a jaw disorder
Talk to Dr. Cabal if you have chronic pain in your jaw or face. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.