- Tips for Parents - Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children so focusing on prevention (ie good home oral hygiene) is key to keeping away the cavities.
- Halloween - Trick-or-Treating is fun but remember to make the best treat choices for healthy teeth.
- Holiday Habits - The holiday break is a great time to help your kids establish and maintain healthy dental habits.
- Tooth Trauma - Active kids are susceptible to tooth trauma so use this highly-visual, easy-to-follow guide so family members, coaches, and babysitters know what to do should a tooth be chipped or knocked out.
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When we open our mouths, condyles, or the rounded ends of the lower jaw, glide effortlessly along the joint socket of the temporal bone. A soft disc lies between the condyle and the temporal bone to ensure smooth motion. This disc absorbs shocks to the temporomandibular joint from chewing and other movements.
Temporomandibular (jaw) disorders, also called "TMD" or "TMJ syndrome," are a general class of health problems associated with the jaw. TMD may occur when the jaw twists during opening, closing, or side-motion movements. These movements affect the jaw joint and the muscles that control chewing.
TMD is not just one disorder, but a group of conditions, often painful, that affect the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint, or TMJ) and the muscles that control chewing. Although researchers don't yet know how many people actually have TMD, the disorders appear to affect about twice as many women as men, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Fortunately for most people, jaw joint or jaw muscle pain is usually not a sign of a more serious problem. Pain and discomfort from TMD is temporary and sporadic, and can come in waves or "cycles."
Only a small percentage of people with TMD pain develop significant, long-term symptoms, according to National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Temporomandibular disorders fall into three main categories:
- Myofascial pain, the most common form of TMD, which is discomfort, or pain in the muscles that control jaw function and the neck and shoulder muscles
- Internal derangement of the joint, dislocated jaw or disc, or injury to the condyle
- Degenerative joint disease, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the jaw joint
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorders in children and young adults have received increased attention in the past few years. There is controversy regarding the significance of signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders in children, the value of certain diagnostic procedures, and what constitutes appropriate therapy.