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Do you have TMD?
Updated: 11/14/2012 6:13:12 PM

Do you have TMD?  While most people know about cavities, gum disease and other common dental health problems, some may not know about other important issues that can affect the mouth. For exmaple, EmpowHer recently published an article about temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which is a problem that many individuals have, yet they may not know it.

TMD affects the temporal bone near the jaw - which is the one closest to the ear. This bone allows your mouth to open and close. If people begin to experience clicking, grating or popping sounds when they chew or feel pain in the top of their jaw, then they may have TMD.

According to the Mayo Clinic, TMD can occur as a result of arthritis, damage to the bone or by overuse. Overuse occurs when people grind their teeth at night, which is a symptom of stress. This is why people who have been experiencing mouth pain paired with high levels of anxiety should head to the dentist.

TMD mostly occurs in women between the ages of 30 and 50, so this population should look out for the signs of this disorder. 

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