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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.

Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease

  • Jun 1, 2017

We are currently in the peak season for Lyme disease. Each year at this time we highlight this topic because we have heard from a number of patients over the years who were misdiagnosed and underwent unnecessary TMD treatments when they actually had Lyme disease.

Lyme disease symptoms often mimic those of TMD. The TMJ Association encourages patients who think they may have TMD to be sure to talk to their medical doctor in order to rule out other conditions which could be the cause their symptoms. Especially with Lyme disease, early diagnosis and treatment are important.

Lyme disease can cause fever, headaches, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash. Left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Permanent damage to the joints or the nervous system can develop in patients with late Lyme disease.

Other symptoms of early Lyme disease include:

  • migratory muscle and joint aches
  • headache
  • chills and fever
  • fatigue
  • swollen lymph nodes

Other symptoms may not appear until weeks or months after a tick bite occurs. They include:

  • arthritis (usually as pain and swelling in large joints, especially the knee)
  • nervous system abnormalities
  • heart-rhythm irregularities

This year health officials are also warning of another virus called Powassan which is transmitted by the bite of infected deer/blacklegged tick, the same tick that causes other tickborne diseases, including Lyme disease. Powassan causes nonspecific flu-like symptoms including muscle aches and pains, a small skin rash, and fever and headache. 

Read some of our patient stories related to Lyme disease:

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