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How Your Lifestyle Can Impact Your TMD

Posted on 3/15/2020 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
How Your Lifestyle Can Impact Your TMDTemporomandibular Joint Dysfunction is becoming more and more common in dental patients these days. Also, sometimes referred to as TMJ and TMJD, this condition causes intense discomfort and chronic pain.

It can be brought on by a number of different issues, from stress or anxiety to chewing gum, grinding your teeth, or even making poor dietary choices. Let's take a look at a couple of these root causes a little more closely:

Stressful Jobs and Situations

People who find themselves in careers where anxiety, stress, or worry are regular parts of the job often suffer from the most regular or severe cases of TMD. Commission or performance-based jobs such as sales, retail, financial services, and legal practices are commonly filled with stress.

But other work factors can increase anxiety levels as well. Things like layoffs and downsizing, company financial struggles, a reduction in hours or salary, as well as being reassigned to a new position or location can all play a role in the development or advancement of TMD.

Dietary Practices

Other things to consider when it comes to the lifestyle choices or habits we practice and how they can worsen TMD are how and what we eat. Since the major issues with this disorder are the alignment of our jaw and the repetitious use of our cheek and jaw muscles, eating the right foods in the right bite sizes can have a profound impact as well. Softer foods that can be easily and quickly chewed are very helpful. And when eating firmer foods such as meats, smaller, more manageable bites are recommended.

To find out more ways that you can help to reduce the effects and frequency of TMD, just give our clinic a call today and ask to speak with someone who can help you further.
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