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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.

Our Vision...and You!

  • Dec 26, 2013

The TMJ Association envisions a time when Temporomandibular Disorders are history. In the meantime, our goal is the advancement of scientific research that will lead to understanding, safely and effectively treating, curing, and ultimately preventing them.

We can’t meet this goal without financial resources—without your contributions to the TMJA. Though we are in tough economic times, we are still the same community with the same values and needs.
Please consider The TMJ Association in this fall campaign season. We offer a number of ways that you can contribute and be a member of the TMJA family.

Federal Employees
If you are a federal government employee, please designate The TMJ Association as your charity.  Our CFC# is 12102.
We all know one federal employee. Ask your postal carrier if they have a special charity and if not, you may educate them about the needs of TMJ patients and ask them to designate the TMJA, CFC# 12102.
Also, you may have family members or friends serving in the military who would welcome the opportunity to support us.

State Employees
The TMJA currently participates in the following state contribution campaigns: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin.  Please designate a gift by writing The TMJ Association on the form.
Corporate Donors/United Way
These programs are a great way to show your support for our mission. Simply write in The TMJ Association on your donor form. Many companies have a matching charitable contribution program. Ask if yours will match your contribution to the TMJA.

Give Directly
If you don't have the opportunity to participate in any of the campaigns listed above here are other ways you can help:

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