Category: TMJ Disorder

Stand Up Straight for Better Oral Health

SlouchingYou may assume that the way you stand has absolutely nothing to do with your smile. However, if you are you troubled by frequent headaches and lower jaw pain, you may be suffering from temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder, which is a dental issue. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) poor posture could have something to do with the chronic pain associated with TMD.

Poor Posture

Poor posture shifts the position of your spine which causes stress to your jaw joints (TMJs). When you slouch, your jaw actually moves forward and your skull shifts to put pressure on the spinal column. This causes misalignment of the upper and lower arches of teeth. This misalignment puts stress on your jawbone, joints, and the many muscles that support your mouth and jaw. This ultimately leads to chronic pain and jaw dysfunction.

Do I Have TMD?

TMJ disorder (TMD) is characterized by a cluster of the following symptoms:

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Des Moines IA Dentist May Have Relief for Your Headaches

headache 4Does it seem like you are always dealing with a headache? If so, you could be suffering from a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Active, but rather delicate, the TMJs are located on either side of the face just below and forward of the earlobes. These joints control the opening and closing of the mouth, but respond poorly to strain, which is the cause of TMJ disorders. To learn more about the connection between TMJ disorders and headaches, read the following information from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.

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Des Moines Dentist Offers Treatment for Teeth Grinding


Teeth grinding is a common and serious issue. Over 25% of Americans grind or clench their teeth. Over time, this can cause teeth to crack or chip. In extreme cases, teeth grinding can actually wear teeth down and leave them vulnerable to infection. Thankfully, Valley Ridge Family Dental offers comfortable and minimally invasive treatment for teeth grinding. In today’s blog, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, explains the causes and symptoms of teeth grinding, or bruxism.

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Des Moines Dentist Answers FAQs about the TMJs and Headaches

headache 3Do you suffer from the pain of migraines or frequent headaches? If so, you know the value of relief. But what if relief meant dealing with a problem that originated in your mouth? If you have developed a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, your headaches may cease with treatment of your mouth and jaw. Below, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, answers your most frequently asked questions about the TMJs and their connection to headaches?

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Des Moines Dentist Looks at the Connection Between Headaches and Your Mouth

headache 1What do headaches have to do with your mouth? Maybe more than you think. If you have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, frequent headaches and migraines could be your daily reality. The TMJ is the joint that controls the opening and closing of the mouth, and when it comes under strain, a disorder can develop. But why should a disorder in your jaw cause headaches? Your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, answers this question and more as she examines TMJ disorders.

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MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
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