L.A. Dentist Explains The Jaw-Dropping Facts About TMJ Disorder In Women
If your jaw muscles are sore, you hear a click when you open and close your mouth, you feel your ears are congested, you have frequent severe headaches, or there is swelling on the side of your face, you may be suffering from TMJ Disorder (aka just TMJ).
This stands for a mouthful: the temporomandibular joint. It is the hinge you can feel moving if you put your fingers just in front of the bottom of your ears and open and close your mouth.
A lot of things can cause it to go out of whack: emotional stress can make you unconsciously clench your teeth or grind them when you sleep. You may have a misaligned bite, missing teeth, or some that are worn down. Bad habits like chewing gum excessively or biting nails can trigger TMJ malfunction.
Some 90% of TMJ cases are in women ages 18-44. Many doctors believe this is partly due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can be caused by mens