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Have you ever asked yourself why your mouth isn’t fully opening and closing as it should? In many situations, it is the symptom of a problem with your temporomandibular joints in your jaw, commonly called TMJs. If those joints are are injured or heavily worn, a TMJ disorder occurs. However, TMJ disorders are treatable. Here are some helpful facts about TMJ disorder:

– Your TMJ disorder could be caused by another problem such as bruxism. If you are involuntarily grinding and clenching your teeth at night, additional stress and pressure will be placed on your jaw.
– Meditation routines including yoga, calming music, and biofeedback are excellent stress relievers that can alleviate jaw pressure.
– Several foods and habits can lead to additional wear and tear on your jaw and lead to damage with your TMJs, including effects like nail-biting, chewing gum, or rough or chewy foods such as steak.
– Joint pain related to TMJ disorders can be alleviated with heat or ice packs.

If you are showing signs of a TMJ disorder, come visit Dr. Jim Kelly Dentistry for treatment today. With the helpful support of Dr. Jim Kelly and our team at our office in Phoenix, Arizona, we can repair your smile. To schedule an appointment, call us at 602-954-1901. We are here to help you get your smile back on track!