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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.

A Snapshot of Susan's Day and Some Helpful Tips

  • Jan 27, 2017

"What an unhappy surprise in the last few months to visit two different dentists and walk away with TMD in both TMJs!  Having spent 30 years as a speech-language pathologist, I am grateful to have a seasoned ability to devise strategies to help me through the day.  Wow!  Working at what others and I have taken for granted (speaking and even just looking around, for example) gives me a new respect for how amazing the human body is!
"One adjustment I've used is pretending to be a 'modified ventriloquist'.   I overuse my tongue and lips to speak when my jaw and neck muscles are exhausted by too much talking.
"Also, I am graciously asserting myself at gatherings, changing my seating or asking others to do so when my facial and neck muscles cannot tolerate looking far left and right as a conversation ping pongs back and forth.  
"Here's a most helpful adjustment: the use of 'chat' on the computer for some of my dear friends whom I would speak to for a long time. Also, I now am learning to make 'chat'  calls to businesses such as insurance companies, saving verbal and muscular energy as well as cell phone minutes!   'Chat' is especially helpful in the morning and evening when my jaw tires more readily.
"Biggest challenge for me is learning to speak about TMD only to the people who can help me, not to the curious.  This saves much energy and angst and allows time to enjoy other things in the day as I avoid constant, useless focus on this trauma.
"A great positive is this.  I've taken my health for granted.  Now, I am motivated by TMD to keep in shape through stretching and walking which conditions my muscles throughout my body and encourages me toward recovery.  I intend to fully recover!
"Thank you TMJA for your priceless support through your website, buddies, articles, and opportunities like this writing to focus, calm down and carry on! I am grateful and not taking you for granted!"   Susan

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