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Can Chewing Habits Predict TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is a troublesome condition characterized by several different symptoms that all trace back to a single root cause. The majority of the time, temporomandibular joint disorder results in facial tenderness, chewing difficulties, jaw pain, jaw popping, tinnitus and/or headaches. With that being said, new research indicates that TMJ disorder may also manifest itself in one telltale way.

Chewing Habits

Research conducted at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, demonstrated that TMJ disorder may cause sufferers to chew on one particular side of their mouths. In conducting their study, researchers recruited 21 subjects who suffered from temporomandibular joint disorder and assessed their masticatory function. Ultimately, they found that 80 percent chewed only on the affected sides of their mouths while eating.

Do You Have a Problem?

Although this study may provide some fascinating insight into how we cope with temporomandibular joint issues, it doesn’t really provide much guidance to health practitioners. While they may be a sign of trouble, chewing habits don’t provide clear evidence of temporomandibular joint disorder; after all, people may chew on one side of their mouths for numerous reasons, including tooth sensitivity, cavities and more. With that being said, when this particular habit is combined with certain other symptoms; a bigger problem is likely.

A Professional Evaluation

If you are experiencing facial tenderness, chewing difficulties, jaw pain, jaw popping, tinnitus and/or headaches, you may have TMJ disorder. To find out, contact Dr. Siegel to get a professional evaluation. If he determines that you have temporomandibular joint disorder, Dr. Siegel will provide an effective TMJ treatment strategy that will eliminate all of your symptoms; so you can enjoy a better life.

Why endure the symptoms of TMJ disorder, when a proven treatment can offer you a permanent cure? Now is the time to reach out for help. Contact Dr. Siegel today to learn more.