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Have you ever heard of TMJs? A TMJ is also known as a temporomandibular joint. They are the ball and socket joints in your jaw that are required for the proper function of your mouth. However, numerous parts are involved to make them work effectively, which tends to lead to a breakdown every once in a while. If they are damaged, your health care will suffer as well. Damage to your TMJs is what is known as a TMJ disorder.

Treating a TMJ disorder may also include treating any underlying condition that may cause it. Bruxism, which is an oral health condition in which you unconsciously grind your teeth, can easily contribute to damage to your TMJs. Treating bruxism may be necessary in order to care for your TMJ’s. Furthermore, damage to your jaw can often be caused by excessive stress in your life. Thus, it is important to deal with the stresses that may be causing your jaw pain.

If you have bad habits such as biting your nails, chewing gum or eating extremely chewy or tough foods, avoid these habits until your joints have fully healed. Relaxing treatment methods that can help take stress off of your jaw include soft music, yoga, and biofeedback. Furthermore, medications, heat packs, and ice packs can be used to help treat any ailments that arise with the TMJ disorder.

If you are looking for an autumn smile makeover, make sure to first correct any ailments with your smile, including with your jaw. Dr. Kevin Oakes at Dental Arts of Frederick wants to ensure your smile shines no matter what condition it is in. If you are thinking about getting TMJ treatments, please contact our dentist office in Frederick, Maryland, by calling us at 301-663-5552. A healthy smile is a happy smile!