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Why is lockjaw common in babies?

Why is lockjaw common in babies?

Cultural practices: In the third world many are unimmunized for their lifetime and moms don't pass any transient resistance to tetanus germs on to their newborns. Unsanitary cutting tools & or the practice of putting cow dung on the cord stump to speed separation are practices that lead to neonatal tetanus.In industrialized societies, a mom that avoids the recomended tetanus booster may leave baby vulnerable. ...Read more

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Dr. Randall Stastny
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Lockjaw (Definition)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockjaw Variety of causes, all serious. See a TMJ expert for guidance. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your ...Read more


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How is lockjaw cured?

How is lockjaw cured?

Depends: The treatment depends on several factors, which may include but are not limited to the frequency, the length of time your jaw remains locked, any unusual habits, your occlusion or bite, as well as any history of trauma to the face and jaws. A detailed exam and appropriate studies need to be performed to diagnose the cause before a definitive cure can be recommended. ...Read more

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How to treat lockjaw?

See OFP specialist: Orofacial Pain provides diagnosis and management of pain in the face, TMJ disorders, locking jaw as well as, associated headaches and neck pain. They are the experts in this field. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is lockjaw always fatal?

No: First of all, tetanus is relatively rare and has decreased in incidence since vaccination began in the 1940's. In the us, mortality rates recently have been around 15-20%, compared to 91% in the 1940's. It is much lower if one is vaccinated, with mortality rates around 6% if vaccinated. So get that vaccine or booster if you haven't! ...Read more

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Stress can cause lockjaw?

Stress can cause lockjaw?

Yes: Stress can cause you to overuse your jaw muscles which can then cramp and cause a tightness or stiffness of your jaw. ...Read more

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How does one treat TMJ lockjaw?

How does one treat TMJ lockjaw?

Depends: Treatment would depend on whether or not your jaw is locked open or closed. Also, treatment would depend on whether or not the locking is due to muscular issues or problems inside the joint itself. ...Read more

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How can doctors relieve lockjaw?

Tetanus: Toxin produced by clostridium tetani causes a spastic paralysis of muscles resulting in what is known as "lockjaw", among other involved areas of the body. Treatment is use of tetanus antitoxin to remove active toxin from the bloodstream, and support of the patient until the toxin bound to the nervous system wears off, which can take a lengthy time period. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have trismus (lockjaw)?

How can you tell if you have trismus (lockjaw)?

See your dentist: Lockjaw and trismus and TMJ disorders are all different things. Lockjaw is also known as tetanus and is a serious infection. Trismus refers to difficulty or decreased openign of the jaw. This is sometimes due to muscle spasms or can be due to TMJ disorders. A dentist needs to do a thorough exam in order to diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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I have a minor cut that is red and puffy, should I be worried about lockjaw?

I have a minor cut  that is red and puffy, should I be worried about lockjaw?

Unlikely: Very unlikely to have lock jaw especially if you have had your tetanus shot. Keep the wound clean and see your doctor to make sure there is no infection. ...Read more