Bad Habits and TMJ - Bradenton, FL

How Stopping These 3 Bad Habits Could Relieve Your TMJ Pain

Temporomandibular joint disorder, also referred to as TMJ or TMD, occurs when an individual struggles to move the jaw because of pain or restriction of movement from the temporomandibular joint, which is located in front of each ear. The onset of TMJ in Bradenton, FL, is fairly common, which also means it is quite treatable if you can get in to see your dentist at Waterside Dental in Bradenton. The good news is that you may also be able to alleviate the discomfort associated with the disorder by stopping three simple bad habits that contribute to the pain and lack of movement.

1. Clenching the Jaw or Grinding the Teeth

People often clench their jaws or grind their teeth, known as bruxism, when they are under a lot of stress. While it might seem simple enough to stop this while you are awake, what if you do it in your sleep? You might need to practice some relaxation techniques or invest in a nighttime mouth guard. This could help your muscles to relax and prevent your jaw from locking up.

2. Chewing on Items

Your teeth are designed to chew on food, but some people have nervous habits that lead them to chew on pencils, fingernails and other nonfood items. This means your jaw joints are fighting against hard materials that are not necessarily designed to give way. This can lead to flare-ups of joint pain in the jaw.

3. Slouching

If your body gets into the habit of slouching, the misalignment of your spine could affect the alignment of your jaw as well. If you practice sitting up straight, you are likely to have fewer problems with TMD.

There are many causes of TMD. You might start to find relief from the discomfort by correcting these three bad habits. For additional help on correcting this painful disorder, contact our office to schedule to a consultation with a dentist.