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Have you damaged your TMJs? Your TMJs, also called your temporomandibular joints, are joints in your jaw that play an important role in your mouth’s ability to open and close. Some signs that they may be damaged include irregular popping noises from your jaw, the inability to have full movement when opening and closing your mouth, pain within your jaw or in and around your ears, and varying degrees of pain when speaking, chewing, or yawning.

If your TMJs have become damaged, here are some helpful ideas that can lead to a successful recovery:

– Your TMJ disorder could be caused by another underlying disorder such as bruxism, which is an issue responsible for grinding or gnashing your teeth unconsciously, often while asleep.
– Meditation practices including yoga, calming music, and biofeedback are excellent stress relievers that can alleviate jaw pressure.
– Joint pain associated with TMJ disorders can be lightened with heat or ice packs.
– Certain foods and several habits can damage your TMJs, including nail-biting, chewing gum, or rough or chewy foods such as steak.

Sweeney Utterback Dentistry is here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney and our team at our dentist office in Virginia Beach, Virginia, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 757.222.3737. We look forward to helping you smile.