Avoiding Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

teeth, health, smile, dentistTMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, affects the joints between the jawbone and skull and can be painful. However, much of the pain and discomfort can be avoided by taking a few basic precautions.

– Don’t Abuse Your Teeth by using them to open bottles or packets.

– Don’t Grind Your Teeth as it puts pressure on the jaw and joints.

– Maintain Good Posture as slouching can strain the head, neck and jaw muscles.

By following these simple steps the “TMJ symptoms can be less painful” but if the problem persists it is advisable to consult your dentist and you can read more about TMJ at http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/are-you-unintentionally-making-your-tmj-worse/.

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.