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Temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMJ is a condition where the teeth do not come together evenly, and the person will eventually suffer pain in the jaw joint if it goes untreated. Pain will be the result and often popping or clicking sound can be heard when talking or eating. To self check, feel with your fingers along the bottom of the cheek bone to where it meets the ear, at this point press in gently while opening your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel pain, and/or popping when opening? Have you been experiencing pain, numbness and/or weakness in your jaw, neck and/or arm? If so, then there are a couple of proactive Self-Health things you can do to alleviate this problem.
I recommend seeing a bodywork therapist who is experienced in working with TMJ, and also a qualified dentist who has experience and treats patients with TMJ. Ask them at regular intervals to check your bite and condition of your teeth, and temporomandibular joint for evidence of clenching and grinding. If you do have TMJ dysfunction then your dentist can make you an “orthotic” for your teeth with a specialized mouth guard to level your jaw and protect your teeth. I don’t recommend buying an “over-the-counter” cheap sports mouth guard, but one crafted by a professional dentist. The result is less myofascial inflammation, pain and dysfunction in your jaw, neck, arms and hands! Remember to ask for the ceramic mould when you pick up your mouth guard. If you ever lose your mouth guard then you can have it replaced much cheaper because you have the mould and won’t need to pay for a new one to be remade.