Debunking TMD myths

Nowadays, you can easily access and spread information virtually or through internet by just a touch of a button and this brought convenience to us. However, there is one major drawback- the authenticity of the information. Believing in a false information or myth in the aspect of healthcare can be downright dangerous and can make a person miss out the proper and essential medication. To set the record straight, we are to debunk some of the myths about TMD.

Myth #1: The One and Only Cause.
Temporomandibular disorder is caused by different scenarios that includes arthritis, misaligned bite, trauma, stress and more. Knowing the main cause of TMD will lead to a proper and effective treatment option.

Myth #2: Only Women Get TMD
A study on TMJ risk factors found that men and women develop TMJ disorder at about the same rate. However, researchers say that more women seek for TMJ disorders treatment. Thus, a large population of men might have TMJ but go undiagnosed.

Myth #3: Surgery is the Only and Best Resort
Before considering surgery, patient may take small measures to minimize symptoms. Examples are jaw massaging, intake of NSAIDs, icing the jaw, moving jaw from side to side as an exercise, wearing of therapeutic mouthguard every night and etc. Surgery should be considered as a last option.

Myth #4: Headaches and TMD are not related
One common indication of TMD is headache. On the other hand, migraines have also been linked to TMD and can be due to upper cervical spine misalignment that affect both jaw position.

Myth #5: TMD is a very rare condition
Some researchers suggest that as many as 10 people suffers with a jaw problem regardless of age or gender. TMD is one of the most common medical problems.

Myth #6: "I'm Cured when my Jaw Stopped Making Noise"
The moment that a TMD patient stop having a popping or clicking while chewing doesn't necessarily mean that the pain will be gone and never come back. Popping or clicking along with the jaw pain might occur to some people but this is not a symptom for all people.