A 56-year-old member asked:
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if you have tmj, does keeping your mouth open for a dental cleaning make your tmj even worse?

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Dr. Samuel Mckenna
37 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: Prolonged periods of mouth opening, especially excessive opening can aggrevate a pre-existing TMJ problem. It is reasonable to ask your dentist/hygienist to shorten appoinment times and minimize protracted periods of mouth opening during cleaning and other dental visits.
Answered on Apr 13, 2016
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