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Those suffering from TMJ disorder may find it difficult to eat because of chronic pain, inability to open the mouth, and loss of appetite. Malnutrition and Weight loss are common problems for TMD patients due to the necessity to eliminate certain food types from their diet. Pain experienced when opening the mouth, chewing and swallowing, the need for a soft diet, all may limit caloric intake, resulting in weight loss. Knowing what foods are most beneficial is the start to proper dietary planning. The TMJ Association offers a new resource through their website: “TMD Nutrition and You,” a nutritional guide booklet specifically developed for people with compromised oral function to help them maintain a healthy diet in spite of their oral disability. Here, from that guide, is a list of foods to include as well as to avoid in a soft diet.
Ouch! You know the pain of a cold sore. Caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), these raised red lesions on the lips and face can be triggered by stress, menstruation, sunburn, fatigue or emotional trauma.
Use a Cold Pack, Like Cool Jaw’s 4″ Soft-side gel pack -The cold reduces the pain and swelling of your cold sore. 15 minutes at a time, apply the pack – move the cold around the area -not keep the ice on one area.
The temperature and weight, constricts local blood vessels and decreases tissue temperature. This constriction decreases blood flow and cell metabolism, this results in the area healing faster, and a decrease in pain.
- Difficulty Opening and Closing Your Mouth
- Pain In Healthy Teeth
- Sinus Pain
- Sore Jaw In The Morning
- Pressure Behind the Ears
- Hearing Loss
- Teeth Grinding
- Locked Jaw
- Teeth Clenching
- Clicking Sounds When Opening or Closing Your Mouth
- Unexplained Pressure Behind Your Eyes
- Unexplained Headaches
These may be symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Symptoms of TMJ or TMDs (“temporomandibular disorders” is a collective term embracing a number of clinical problems that involve the masticatory musculature, the temporomandibular joint and associated structures, or both.) occur in approximately 6 to 12 percent of the adult population or approximately ten million individuals in the United States.
Unlike other joints in the body, the TMJ is different because it is composed of fibrocartilage. The TMJ is able to withstand greater sheer force than any other joint and moves and functions in a very complex way. When things go wrong, the consequences are challenging. It is estimated that 17,800,000 workdays are lost each year for every 100,000,000 full-time working adults in the United States due to disabling TMDs.
TMDs are nine times more prevalent in women than in men. The largest proportion of women with TMDs is between eighteen and forty-five years of age.
Due to a lack of understanding as to cause of the disease and the lack of definitive diagnostic or therapeutic approaches, patients often have to tolerate symptoms, including debilitating pain and an impact on quality of life over extended periods of time.
What causes TMJ Pain?
Improper fitting together of the teeth and jaw joints
Grinding or clinching of teeth, (bruxism)
Trauma such as head injury or whiplash
autoimmune diseases, infection, arthritis
dental procedures, or inserting a breathing tube before surgery
Most dentists and physicians have been inclined to believe that the single most important etiological factor for degenerative TMJ disease is altered mechanical loading that surpasses the adaptive capacity of the joint.
Traumatic injuries are also an important etiological factor in the development of TMJ disorders.
The TMJ Association, Ltd. (TMJA) is a nonprofit, patient advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the quality of health care and lives of everyone affected by Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). For over 25 years they have shared reliable information on TMD on their website TMJ.org. There you will find A New Free Educational Brochure: A Resource Guide for Temporomandibular Disorders. This brochure is a straightforward, easy-to-read guide for patients making health care decisions. A great place to start! Remember less is often more, when treating TMJ so check out simple hot/cold therapy.
The Cool Jaw® Learning Center is designed to provide doctors and patients, news and articles of interest relating to progressive methods of practice and patient treatment regarding Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Improving Health literacy—the degree to which people obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions; this is our goal.
Patients who are better informed about their options and who understand the evidence behind certain approaches to care may have better health outcomes.
Take a look at this wonderfully informative video: “Ideal Biological Dental Model 2 – Dr. Martin N. Gorman.” Dr. Gorman is a Optimal Health-Based Bioesthetic Dentist who also is dedicated to education and the informed patient Take a look…..
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As part of the ICOI Summer Implant Prosthetic Symposium, Cool Jaw® will present a continuing educational session for attending dental office management or clinical team members; an “ADIA Hands-On Workshop” .
Kristin Verrastro, Account Manager Medico International Inc. will introduce the Cool Jaw® product line of post surgery recovery aids targeting oral surgery. Cool Jaw products are ideal for wisdom teeth extractions, reconstructive jaw surgery, implant surgery, maxillary and mandibular trauma, and genioplasty, as well as facelifts and TMJ pain
Because Cool Jaw® strives to continually innovate and educate, you are invited to join us as the ICOI returns to Chicago; bring your staff and we can help “train your implant team”. Stop by the booth and receive your product sample; Booth #417 Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. , August 21-23, 2014.