The temporomandibular joint can be a tough tongue twister. More commonly referred to as the “TMJ” , this joint hinges your jaw to your temporal bones making your facial and jaw movements possible.
TMJ allows for various functions such as speaking, chewing, swallowing, and yawning among others.As common as these movements and functions in our day-to-day living, TMJ can encounter fractures, swelling, and other problems causing pain around the neck and head. Problems experienced by the TMJ and the muscles around it is generally called temporomandibular disorders or TMDs.
Research showed that 5 to 12% of the population experience TMDs. The prevalence is 1.5 to 2 times higher in women than in men. Quite interesting is the fact that TMDs most occur among young women ages 20 to 40 years old.
Most of these problems develop among kids who experience allergies and asthma resulting to underdevelopment of their jaws. Blocked airways affect the development of jaw bones which often lead to misalignment of the bite, all of which may result to TMD.
People affected by TMD may experience paralyzing pains that travel to the face, jaw, and neck, making it very difficult to function properly. It’s often difficult to identify the causes of TMD and we often shrug it off as a ‘toothache’ and then address the pain with pain reliever. But what if it becomes recurring?
A problem properly identified is already half solved, hence the need to identify a bad bite when it is a bad bite. Imbalance in the bite affects the overall balance in the body as muscles and joints are interconnected. When a problem such as bite imbalance is addressed with unwarranted solution, bad bite may cause more strain in muscles, then jaw muscles become fatigued and before you know it, they are beyond repair.
To restore balance and treat TMD, we need to establish the correct bite. A corrected bite provides a chain of benefits to the TMJ and to the body. It addresses problems with local pain, general fatigue, and body imbalance resulting to better posture, improved facial structure, and better sleep.
Mind your bite and make it right!