Everyday Habits That May Be Contributing To Jaw Discomfort
At Muse Dental Studio, we want to ensure our patients have optimal oral health. Unfortunately, many times, our patients are their own worst enemies. They may have habits that can lead to oral health complications. This is especially true for our patients who experience issues with TMD, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint, which is found at the back of the jaw and attaches the jaw to the skull. If you have been diagnosed with this condition and have had recent flare-ups, be mindful, especially if you have one of these habits:
Using Teeth as Tools
When a tag needs to be cut or a package needs to be opened, it can be tempting to use your teeth as a tool. Not only can using teeth as a tool lead to problems with your teeth, such as cracked or chipped teeth, but it can also put added pressure on your jaw, leading to TMD problems. The same issues can be caused by biting your nails.
It can be easy to slouch in your seat, especially if you work at a computer or desk for most of the day. Be sure to sit straight, as it can help the placement of your neck, back, and jaw.
When you are under considerable stress, it is not uncommon for your body to be tense. When your body is tense your mouth and jaw may clench together. This is especially common during times of sleep. The repetitive clenching motion can not only trigger patients who have been diagnosed, but it can also lead to issues with TMD in patients with no prior issues.
Taking Large Bites of Food
The repetitive motion of opening your jaw wide to allow for eating can cause serious jaw problems, especially if you are taking large bites of food. We recommend cutting your food into smaller bites.
If you are experiencing a flare-up of your TMD symptoms or notice you have frequent discomfort in your jaw and facial muscles, be sure to contact our office located in Houston, TX for an appointment. We can help you get the care you need!