Has anyone in your family, perhaps your spouse or sister, told you that you grind your teeth when you are asleep? If you wake up at night with a headache, experience jaw pain, or a popping sound when you open your mouth, these could be signs that you do grind your teeth. Also, if you are having neck pain, eye pain or shoulder pain, these could also indicate grinding of the teeth, although certainly, they could be linked to other ailments as well.
Grinding your teeth is mostly linked to TMJ disorder (or temporo-mandibular joint disorder). Shortened to TMD, this disorder occurs when the jaw, the jaw joints, or the facial muscles are experiencing such problems as chewing difficulties, jaws locking in place, and/or difficulty opening the mouth. The temporo-mandibular joint connects the lower jaw to the skull’s temporal bone. These flexible joints allows the mouth/jaw to move up and down, side to side, enabling you to chew, talk, yawn or whatever you fancy to do with your mouth. When TMD occurs, your jaw and mouth are severely impaired to do any of its normal functions. Injury to the jaw such as whiplash or other brute force can lead to TMD. Taking prescription drugs has not been found to be successful in helping people who suffer from TMD and its effects. Fortunately, there are some other avenues you can take to find relief from TMD or to stop grinding your teeth.
You must first realize that there are some real permanent cures for TMD, but not all programs claiming to work actually do. The programs are out there and websites exist who promise to rid your pain forever, and they even have “clients who have testified to it working.” The important thing to remember about getting relief from TMD is to get to the root of the problem, otherwise, you will be going around and around, never coming to a reliable solution. Any real program that works should not be focused on mouth guards or muscle relaxers, as these are only temporary fixes. If you would like more information on getting relief from TMD, visit the website, http://www.tmjrelieftoday.com/.