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Are you starting to feel tightness in your jaw? Do you clench your teeth at night? You may be on your way to a TMJ disorder.

What is TMJ?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints. These are those wonderfully intricate muscles and joints that make it possible to move your mouth up and down, enabling you to chew, swallow, and speak.

A TMJ disorder can happen after your jaw is dislocated or injured. It may be a side effect of a misalignment of the jaw, stress, teeth grinding (bruxism), or arthritis. In some cases, these issues are difficult to avoid, but there are many things you can do to protect your jaw.

Your jaw is a necessary aspect of your everyday life. As such, it deserves your kindness and care. Here are just a few things you can do:

Tips:

1. Rest and fortify your jaw muscles.

Is it your unconscious routine to tighten your jaw when tense? Practice jawbone awareness. Meditation, massage, medication and jaw strengthening exercises are all feasible options for those with jaw tightness. Talk to Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS to get further tips on exact exercises that can help you.

2. Talk to Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS about getting a night guard.

Do you grind your teeth at night? We can fit you with a comfy, custom-fit night guard to shield your teeth and jaw from any damage.

3. Speak with Hansen Dental Care about correcting jaw misalignment.

A misaligned jaw can be a high-risk indicator for TMJ. Braces with rubber bands, headgear, and upper jaw expander, reverse pull face mask, cosmetic dentistry, and in severe cases surgery can correct this problem. We can recommend an orthodontist or oral surgeon in the area to help you with this.

Call us at 626-793-2273 or visit us in Pasadena, California to learn more about possibilities for avoiding and lessening the effects of TMJ disorder.