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How can I prevent tmj?
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Difficult
This is a tough problem. One needs an expert diagnosis and evaluation.
Then, special mouth guards may be necessary to avoid grinding and my need orthodontia and surgical intervention. Avoiding chewing hard, chewy and difficult materials may help. Anti-inflammatories may help as well as rest. Some physical therapy by a pt specializing in this may help.

In brief: Difficult
This is a tough problem. One needs an expert diagnosis and evaluation.
Then, special mouth guards may be necessary to avoid grinding and my need orthodontia and surgical intervention. Avoiding chewing hard, chewy and difficult materials may help. Anti-inflammatories may help as well as rest. Some physical therapy by a pt specializing in this may help.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: In reality, cannot
Most people have episodes of tmd or TMJ discomfort at one time or another. It is a most unusual and overused joint.
What has been pointed out by my esteemed colleague are strategies to deal with it. The problem is that people do not seek advice until they have symptoms, so in reality prevention of initial onset is almost never accomplished.

In brief: In reality, cannot
Most people have episodes of tmd or TMJ discomfort at one time or another. It is a most unusual and overused joint.
What has been pointed out by my esteemed colleague are strategies to deal with it. The problem is that people do not seek advice until they have symptoms, so in reality prevention of initial onset is almost never accomplished.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Manage Risk factors
There are many risk factors associated with tmj.
Jaw closure pattern discrepancies, dental crowding and other evidence of malocclusion, bad posture all matter. Sort out the risk factors, may sure you close and bite on a proper, neuromuscular trajectory. Set things up, for success.

In brief: Manage Risk factors
There are many risk factors associated with tmj.
Jaw closure pattern discrepancies, dental crowding and other evidence of malocclusion, bad posture all matter. Sort out the risk factors, may sure you close and bite on a proper, neuromuscular trajectory. Set things up, for success.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: A few things
Avoid noxious habits like clenching/grinding.
Good dental health. Good diet. Plenty of sleep. Early management of symptoms like pain with opening, joint noises, limited oral opening.

In brief: A few things
Avoid noxious habits like clenching/grinding.
Good dental health. Good diet. Plenty of sleep. Early management of symptoms like pain with opening, joint noises, limited oral opening.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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In brief: Tough question
Often, tmj/tmd can occur with even minor functions, like a wide yawn.
You should be proactive. If you have been told that you grind or clench your teeth, if you have missing teeth, bite your fingernails, a crooked or bad bite, chew on one side only, chew hard, sticky foods, etc. See what i mean. Trauma can also cause tmj. Just be on top of things, see your dentist regularly and do research.

In brief: Tough question
Often, tmj/tmd can occur with even minor functions, like a wide yawn.
You should be proactive. If you have been told that you grind or clench your teeth, if you have missing teeth, bite your fingernails, a crooked or bad bite, chew on one side only, chew hard, sticky foods, etc. See what i mean. Trauma can also cause tmj. Just be on top of things, see your dentist regularly and do research.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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