Stress Related Dental Problems: TMJ
TMD: Temporomandibular joint disorder
As you may already be aware, stress is the cause of many disorders and diseases in our bodies. They have even been linked to cancer. But let’s talk about what stress has to do with dental problems. Temporomandibular joint disorder is one of the causes of stress in your body. It is the pain you experience in your facial muscles, jaw and skull. The facial pain may be described as a soreness in the facial muscles, although it can be a more severe pain, as well as a throbbing pain that radiates to the temples and forehead. TMJ is not really a disease. It is really a disorder caused by the misalignment of the jaw joints caused by too much stress. There are other stress-related dental problems. These are MPD (Myaofacial Pain Dysfunction) and ANUG ( Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis). TMJ is the most common among the three. It affects both male and females, although it is most common in females during the age 20 and 30, but it can really occur at any age and any sex.
What causes TMJ?
When you refer to medicine, TMJ is really the joint itself that is described as the junction of the mandibles and the temples. In layman’s term, the disorder is referred to as simply TMJ which is temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD.TMJ