Note: This article explains how to evaluate yourself for TMJ, what you can do about it, and how to determine when you need to get some professional help. This past year's pandemic challenges have led more people to seek care for TMJ problems than ever before. In fact, you may be reading this article because you've had your first experience of TMJ during the past … [Read more...] about How To Evaluate Yourself For TMJ
Everyone deals with stress differently, but as a TMJ doctor in New York City and Long Island, I treat jaw and face pain, plus headaches, neck pain, and more in my patients every day - all as a result of their stressful lives. During this health crisis, you are likely dealing with a high level of stress yourself. You may be sleeping poorly, exercising less, tensing your … [Read more...] about How To Treat Jaw and Face Pain During This Stressful Time
Is this familiar? You think your child is fast asleep, then suddenly, a screeching sound is coming out of his/her bedroom. What could be causing it? The most likely explanation is your child is grinding his teeth – an activity clinically known as sleep bruxism. Sleep bruxism, which is often associated with jaw pain (TMJ), is the most common problem seen in my practice for … [Read more...] about Your Child Is Grinding His Teeth – What Should You Do?
Identifying the origin of a patient’s chronic orofacial and TMJ pain is what makes my work both challenging and rewarding. Sometimes the answers are readily apparent while at other times uncovering important clues is more difficult. In all cases, there is no substitute for obtaining a careful history as the insights gained often help point to the mechanism of pain that is … [Read more...] about The Connection Between PTSD & TMJ
Teeth grinding is the first thing that parents think of when they discover signs of wear on their children’s teeth. And while teeth grinding in children, adolescents, and teens is common (which I’ll explain later in this article), it is not always the reason that teeth become worn. In many cases, frequent consumption of highly acidic beverages is what causes tooth wear in young … [Read more...] about Teeth Grinding in Children, Adolescents, and Teens