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Have TMJ? Break These Bad Habits

March 14, 2017 | Author:

Biting your nails, eating junk food, drinking too much coffee, playing with your hair, procrastinating, overcommitting…the list of bad habits goes on and on. Whether your bad habit is one of these we’ve listed or something else, your bad habits may be affecting your health. For those who have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) […]

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The Basics of Bruxism

February 15, 2017 | Author:

First things first…what exactly is bruxism? According to The Bruxism Association, bruxism is a habit that affects about 8-10 percent of the population. It’s characterized by grinding teeth and clenching the jaw either during the day or at night. Bruxism is most common among adults age 25-44, but it also occurs among children. Common symptoms […]

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Tips for Traveling with TMJ

January 3, 2017 | Author:

Getting out to see the world sounds like a lot of fun. But, for those who have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, traveling can have a whole new layer of complexity added to it. Not only do you have to ensure your travel plans are up-to-date, but you also have to make sure […]

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Holidays + TMJ

December 5, 2016 | Author:

The holidays…days full of food, family, activities, traditions and creating new memories. The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean the likelihood of experiencing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain decreases at all. The holiday season can be especially difficult for those who have been diagnosed with TMJ. For those […]

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Managing TMJ Jaw Pain: The Do’s and Don’ts

November 10, 2016 | Author:

Did you know that approximately 12 percent of Americans are living with some level of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain? If you’re part of that 12 percent, you’re more than aware that managing TMJ jaw pain can be difficult. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a huge difference to your health. Take a look […]

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Halloween Candies to Avoid with TMJ

October 7, 2016 | Author:

Halloween is full of scary costumes, jack-o-lanterns, parties, ghosts and, most prominently, candy. While the sugar rush is part of the holiday, the fun and activities may be cut short by TMJ pain. Unfortunately for patients who deal with TMJ pain regularly, Halloween can be a tricky holiday, not filled with many treats. But, it […]

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What to Expect from Your First Appointment with Your TMJ Specialist

September 6, 2016 | Author:

Finally, the jaw pain, clicking, popping, locking or muscle spasms have gotten to be too much. It’s time to make an appointment with an experienced doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders. Going to a new doctor can be intimidating but, if you’re prepared, it can be a little less overwhelming. Before your […]

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Poor Posture and TMJ

August 31, 2016 | Author:

Today, it’s easier than ever to forget about proper posture. Every day we spend more and more time in front of a screen, whether it’s sitting in front of your computer at your desk or on your couch with your smartphone or tablet. Spending so much time sitting can be hazardous to your health in […]

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Surviving Summer with TMJ

June 9, 2016 | Author:

Summertime. It’s warm, the sun is shining, you’re having friends over for cookouts and pool parties, and you’re spending time in the great outdoors. But, if you have uncontrolled temporomandibular (TMJ) joint pain, the hot summer months can be uncomfortable. During the season when your friends and family are enjoying each other’s company, you may […]

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Is There a Link Between Stress, Anxiety and TMJ?

May 1, 2016 | Author:

The answer? They could all be linked. All three diagnoses—stress, anxiety and temporomandibular (TMJ) joint disorder—have similar symptoms, causing them to frequently be wrongly diagnosed. For patients experiencing any of the three, it’s important to understand the unique symptoms of each condition and the typical link that exists between them. STRESS Unfortunately, stress affects many […]

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