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New Report on Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care

Over a year and half ago, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) began the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). The study assessed the current state of TMD research, education and training, the safety and efficacy of clinical treatments, and associated burden and costs.

Statement by NIDCR Acting Director on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

I am pleased to announce the release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report, Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care. As underscored by the comprehensive report, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJDs) are a diverse and still poorly understood set of complex, painful conditions affecting the jaw muscles and tissues, temporomandibular joints, and associated nerves. Clearly, there is much more to be understood, and these conditions continue to confound medical and dental health care providers and researchers.

Have you seen the film Dark Waters?

The Film. Dark Waters is about attorney Robert Billott's real-life 20 year legal battle against DuPont chemical for releasing toxic waste - perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA - into Parkersburg, West Virginia's water supply, with devastating health effects on the townspeople and livestock. PFOA, also known as C8, is a man-made chemical. It is used in the process of making Teflon and similar chemicals known as fluorotelomers.

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project The TMJ Association received the following request from Professor Justin Durham and his research team at Newcastle University. We encourage TMJ patients to participate in this project as it is an under researched

Drug Induced Bruxism

The authors of this article state that orofacial movement disorders (bruxism) are treated typically by dental professionals and not by those specialists (neurologists) researching and treating the other movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, tremors, etc.). Again, this is more evidence of the complexity of TMD and the need for multidisciplinary research and treatment in TMD.

Hot & Cold Packs: Most Effective Therapy

  • Feb 7, 2018

In a survey the TMJA conducted of TMD patients, the most frequently used intervention (65% of respondents) was thermal therapy (hot or cold compresses) to the jaw; these were also found by 74% of the respondents to result in a reduction of symptoms. The TMJA was contacted by John Lucas of Caddy Wraps who asked us to share his Face Caddy product with a number of patients for their feedback.

Here is what they had to say...

  • “Positive: Comfortable adjustable Caddy Wrap. Easy to transport when traveling. Negative: Over the years, I have used frozen vegetables directly on my head for pain, so cold packs "not as cold" as what I am use to, when using with fabric wrap. Recently, used cold packs without caddy for head pain, to numb my head. I laid cold pack on my pillow, with my head against cold pack. “ Marsha
  • “My Face Caddy came in handy today as I just got back from appointment with new surgeon." Ellen
  • “I have tried many jaw wraps and can say this one is the best made and most comfortable one so far. The different colors offered also are a plus. I am looking forward to using this during the healing phase of my upcoming surgery in August.” Karen

If you'd like to give the Face Caddy a try, Mr. Lucas has offered to provide our readers 10% off your order. Be sure to enter "TMJA" when ordering online in the coupon code area. The TMJA does not benefit financially from the company or your sales. We thought you might like to know about this tailor made product for TMD discomfort.

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