(Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
TMD symptoms are seen in people of all ages, and it has been estimated that 30% of adults suffer from jaw pain. The tongue plays a major role in jaw stabilization, and if it isn't functioning properly or if it rests in the wrong position, there is a very high chance this can be contributing to your symptoms. History of teeth grinding or visual signs reported by your dentist such as "occlusal wear" or "abfractions" are often treated with nighttime appliances. Tooth grinding (bruxism) can be a sign of a restricted airway during sleep. If you struggle with clenching/grinding, it might be time to evaluate your tongue and it's relation to your jaw joints. Myofunctional therapy may relieve your headaches and jaw pain if the root of these issues is related to your tongue and it's association with jaw movements.
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