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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.

John: The Importance of Education

  • May 13, 2015

John is a former Professor of Finance at American University in Washington D.C. He is married and has three children. The unpredictable nature of his TMJ symptoms put a strain on his family. In the Fall of 2001, John began to seek relief from TMJ pain–ultimately spending well over $10,000 on treatments that were ineffective.

Finally, in January 2005, he was diagnosed with Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection that caused TMJ issues. The antibiotic protocols which were prescribed to treat the Lyme disease alleviated John’s TMJ problems. As a result of his experience with a systemic illness, John has become a strong advocate for medical research.

John Benjamin wrote: “In my quest for answers, I have gained great insight into the lack of science underlying TMJ treatments as well as the lack of understanding of these conditions. Interdisciplinary research is desperately needed to understand what today we call “TMJ.” I regret that I endured years of suffering, needless dental treatments, and spent thousands of dollars only to learn that I had a systemic underlying illness that caused my TMJ problems. If it had not been for The TMJ Association, I would have had TMJ surgery—a surgery I didn’t need, that would not have addressed the causes of the jaw pain, and which could have caused me more harm.

The TMJ Association is the leading resource for information on TMJ diseases and disorders. Through our publications, educational meetings, and patient support network, the Association reaches out to people, such as John, and provides them guidance in making their health care decisions. The needs and concerns of TMJ patients shape the Association’s daily activities and mission.

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