The TMJ (Temporomandibular joints) are the most used joints of the body.
Theses two small joints are called upon whenever we communicate, masticate (chew), pandiculate (yawn) and bruxate (jaw grinding). At any given time in a 24 hour period, usually one of these actions is being performed.
Although sleeping is a time for rest many of us do not rest our TMJs. As is usually the case, many of us are guilty of bruxating or grinding our teeth during sleep.
It seems like it is becoming a more frequent or pervasive problem in today's society.
Stress may be one reason. Another may be due to modern dental practices that allow the oral healthcare provider to perform their work on a patient that is forced to keep the jaw open for longer periods of time than years ago. Or...
Maybe it just seems that way because perhaps more people are seeking care than they did in years past and that makes it appear to be occurring at a greater incidence.
When a TMJ problem exist you can have one or more of the following:
All of these actions are usually painful or uncomfortable to some degree and can even causes facial distortion or an asymmetrical (uneven) appearance during jaw motion or in the resting position.
Even if not a painful condition to begin with it will eventually become so due to the joints' progressive degeneration caused by the abnormal wear and tear.
Usually nothing is done for the problem unless the pain becomes too unbearable or bothersome.
Most individuals with TMJ dysfunction won't even seek attention or treatment if pain is not present. This can be a big mistake. By the time pain becomes a problem the joint damage may already be permanent making full correction impossible.
You will be hard pressed to find a healthcare provider that will give you the corrective care you need. The time factor and reimbursement usually makes it not worth their time and effort.
It is far easier for them to prescribe ineffective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, pain killers and muscle relaxers.
They may give you a splint or mouth-guard to protect damaging your teeth due to grinding. But, most splints are not the correct type and can actually worsen your TMJ problem.
Well, if you can't find the professional help you need then you must take your own action. After-all, you are ultimately responsible for your health.
All the information found here is easy to understand, simple to implement and totally safe.
Regardless, whether joint degeneration is present, or the stage of the degeneration, you can still improve your TMJ condition.
Pain can be reduced and usually eliminated...
Motion can be improved...
Locking, cracking and popping may disappear and...
You will no longer fear the simple act of yawning.
All of these discoveries along with simple and effective therapies and treatments can be found here.
No need to fear yawning.
No more jaw pain and headaches.
Learn to stop the degeneration.
Start enjoying the simple act of biting into a large crisp apple or chewing on your favorite piece of salt water taffy.
Be TMJ pain-free.
Now, open wide and say... AAAHHHH!