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Is your mouth getting the care it needs to thrive? The joints in your jaw, the temporomandibular joints, also known as TMJs, are essential for proper mouth function. Follow these tips to check if you are suffering from a TMJ disorder:

– To help protect your jaw, avoid all bad habits for your jaw, such as biting your nails, chewing gum, and even eating overly tough or chewy foods such as steak.

– There are plenty of alternative treatment methods to help cope with the pain and discomfort of a TMJ disorder, including meditating. Yoga, music, biofeedback, and stress balls are all effective methods for helping alleviate stress and jaw pressure from your body.

– If you are suffering from any pain related to a TMJ disorder, heat packs are effective. If you are suffering from any swelling or inflammation, ice packs are effective.

– Some TMJ disorders can be caused by other ailments in the body. One such disorder, bruxism, could be causing your teeth to grind and put unnecessary pressure on your jaw, which in turn causes the pain and TMJ disorder to exist.

If you would like Dr. Sylvan Stern and our team at Sylvan S. Stern, DDS to bring you in for an oral exam or professional cleaning, please contact our dentist office in Southfield, Michigan, by calling us at 248-559-0995. Have a fantastic day!