Let's be honest. We all have bad habits we want to quit. Some are more difficult to give up than others, but when they are affecting your daily life and is actually doing more harm than good, perhaps you need a deeper conversation with yourself about the pros and cons of sticking with them. Bad habits can contribute to TMJ disorder symptoms, and quitting them will likely bring you more benefits. Our Redwood City chiropractic doctor for TMJ pain can help you understand how bad habits contribute to your TMJ pain.
Our temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the main joint that connects our jaw bone to the skull. It can cause extreme pain when this gets damaged, mainly felt in the face. Some people may feel popping or clicking in the joint, pain or tenderness in the jaw, earaches, and difficulty chewing.
Smoking has been a risk contributor to many different health problems. Doctors have long warned people about the harmful effects of smoking on your health. We see some of the probable diseases you can get by smoking now printed in the cigarette packs you buy. And now, research is being done showing the connection between smoking and TMJ pain. So what could it be?
Maybe you're asking now, does smoking cause TMJ disorder worse? The answer is a loud YES. How can it possibly hurt your jaw when you're not using the jaw muscles too much? Smokers are known to have a higher risk of chronic pain conditions, TMJ included, than nonsmokers. Chronic pain targets your joints, and if your temporomandibular joint gets severely damaged, it can affect your daily life. Our Redwood City chiropractic doctor for TMJ pain can help prevent further damage to your TMJ. This joint is crucial for talking and eating. Can you imagine its impact on your life when these two essential human functions get affected?
Cigarettes contain nicotine which acts as a muscle stimulant. This stimulant can cause you to develop teeth grind or clenching called Bruxism. Bruxism can cause and worsen TMJ disorder and can lead to broken and damaged teeth, increased jaw pain, headaches, and even heighten the risk of bone loss around your teeth.
Advanced Spinal Care is an expert in relieving TMJ pain stemming from a misalignment in your upper cervical spine. You can support the care regimen our Redwood City chiropractic doctor for TMJ pain will recommend by giving up on bad habits that may be counterproductive in your recovery.
How can you know if a misalignment in your upper spine is the cause of your TMJ pain? Book a free consultation with us, and we'll conduct some tests to confirm. Call our office directly at (650) 595-0500 or message us here.
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