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Have you ever wondered what the purpose of a temporomandibular joint is? A temporomandibular joint, also called a TMJ, is the joint in your jawbone that is responsible for healthy eating, chewing, and moving your jaw up and down. Without your TMJ, chewing food would be much more difficult.

If your TMJs become damaged, they must be properly cared for. Listen to your jaw to hear if you have popping noises when you open and close your mouth. If you have joint pain, use a heat pack. If you have inflammation, use an ice pack. If your TMJs have failed, it might be the sign of another disorder such as bruxism, or teeth grinding.

Stress can play a large role in the creation of a TMJ disorder, so consider adding stress relievers to your life. This can include yoga, calming music, biofeedback, and any other stress relievers that can help you calm your nerves. Be careful about certain foods and drinks you will consume, as they can aggravate or worsen your TMJ disorder.

If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Richard J. Koeltl at our dentist office in Danville, California, please call us at 925-736-4201. Our team at RK Dentistry looks forward to keeping your oral health in pristine condition.