If you suffer from a TMJ disorder, you know probably pretty familiar with the jaw and mouth-related pain that the condition causes.
But did you know that TMJ disorders are also linked to other health problems? Here are just a few to watch out for:
Allergies and TMD affect the same general areas and both conditions have similar symptoms including facial pain, earaches, headaches and dizziness. Research shows allergies can sometimes exacerbate TMD pain. Violent or constant sneezing can cause the jaw to pop out of place or dislocate. Sinus congestion can cause swelling in the face and limit breathing to the mouth, which can cause jaw soreness or misalignment.
Sleep apnea is a common condition that is characterized by cessations in a person’s breathing as they sleep. A misaligned bite can cause the tongue to fall back, blocking the airways and affecting proper breathing. Research shows people with TMJ are more likely to develop sleep apnea, just as sleep apnea can cause or worsen TMD pain.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Recent studies have shown that irritable bowel syndrome and TMD pain can overlap, as both can be caused by bad posture. Poor posture can cause the lower jaw to protrude forward, creating a bad bite and TMJ-related pain. Your posture also has an effect on your stomach and intestines. Not standing or sitting up straight causes your gastrointestinal system to tense up or function poorly. Standing up straight can help ease bloating and gas as well as tension on the neck and jaw.
A TMJ Dentist Can Help
If you experience TMJ disorder symptoms, we are here to help. With years of experience, we have helped many patients find relief from the TMJ symptoms. Following a thorough evaluation of your symptoms, we can discuss your treatment options with you. To schedule an appointment with Pasadena Pain Management, please call us (626) 773-8333 or schedule an appointment online.
About Pasadena Pain Management
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.