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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.

Avoid a TMD Misdiagnosis...Watch out for Lyme Disease

  • Dec 21, 2017

With a much warmer start to spring, ticks will be out early this year. It’s especially important to take note of this if you live in or will be visiting a part of the country prone to ticks. Lyme disease is caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia and is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick.
The Wall Street Journal article, This Season's Ticking Bomb, lists the symptoms of Lyme disease to include headache and muscle aches, as well as serious and long-term complications affecting the brain, joints (including the jaw), heart, nerves and muscles. 
Family Practice News published an article, Lyme Disease Presents Differently in Men and Women, which states “significantly more women than men reported joint pain, muscle pain, headache, back pain, heart palpitations, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, numbness and tingling, and changes in vision.”Many symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) so a misdiagnosis may occur.  Symptoms of TMD include:

  •     pain in the jaw joint
  •     pain in the jaw muscles
  •     pain in neck and shoulders
  •     chronic headaches
  •     jaw muscle stiffness
  •     limited movement or locking of the jaw
  •     ear pain/pressure
  •     painful clicking
  •     popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  •     a bite that feels “off”

Additionally, less common symptoms include: ringing in the ears (tinnitus), dizziness, and vision problems.
If you think you suffer from TMD, it’s very important to see your medical doctor to rule out any other medical conditions such as Lyme disease that could be causing your symptoms.
We invite you to read John Benjamin’s story which appears on our website.  John initially thought his symptoms were caused by TMD and spent thousands of dollars on treatments and suffering for many years before he was properly diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease.

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