You may know that there are many things that could impact your oral health, but did you know that common issues might also impact your teeth and gums? For instance, are you aware that medicines and diet can also impact your teeth? Even stress can also lead to problems such as TMJ disorder.
Your TMJ is the joint that connects your upper jaw and your lower jaw. This vital joint is actually responsible for many different movements. If you’re dealing with TMJ disorder, you may be struggling with simple movements. For example, you may not be able to close or open your jaw completely, you may also experience pain or clicking when you open your mouth, or your jaw could get stuck.
If you have TMJ disorder, you may also experience regular headaches and bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding. If you are grinding your teeth, which is actually a common reaction to stress, you may actually cause TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder could also lead to frequent headaches and tender or tired jaws.
If you’re concerned about TMJ disorder, there are a number of things you can try. If you visit our dental office, we may recommend a custom oral appliance made to meet your unique needs. Reducing stress can also help. If you’re interested in hearing more about dealing with TMJ in Covington, Georgia, please don’t hesitate to contact Covington Dental Partners at 770-450-6551. Dr. Sterling Whitworth and Dr. Caralyn Leonard are excited to meet with you!