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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.

Cervical Muscle Tenderness in Temporomandibular Disorders and Its Associations with Diagnosis, Disease-Related Outcomes, and Comorbid Pain Conditions

To analyze cervical tenderness scores (CTS) in patients with various temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and in controls and to examine associations of CTS with demographic and clinical parameters.

You, Your Esophagus and TMD

The esophagus is a roughly ten-inch hollow tube that descends from your throat through the diaphragm into the stomach. Normally, it is a one-way street transporting food you swallow to the stomach for digestion. But in GERD— Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease— the flow can reverse so that stomach contents (including gastric acids) are regurgitated upwards to cause a burning sensation (heartburn), nausea, pain and other distressing symptoms.

It's Time to Be Part of the Solution

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Study on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) is well underway. We strongly encourage everyone affected by TMD to write to the NAM committee letting them know what it is like to live with TMD and your experiences with getting care.

And the Committee heard from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

  • Jun 20, 2019

At the end of the NAM meeting, Dr. Gregory Ness, representing the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAMOS) gave the following comments:

“AAMOS welcomes the interest and support of the Academies, the NIH, NIDCR, FDA and The TMJ Association in this collaborative effort to improve the care we deliver… I have little time so I am not going to say nearly as much as I'd like on the issues I've been asked to address or to the patients represented here whose contributions have already been deservedly applauded. Most of us have met before and I have heard your stories before, but they are no less difficult [to hear] than the first time and perhaps more powerful because it may have been three to four years now since that first time but that drives home the fact that in the interim you’ve continued to suffer. To someone like me who has spent almost 30 years working very hard to improve people’s TMJ problems and to train others to do the same, this is a difficult emotional issue to be confronted by. So thank you again and to each of you I say, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that you continue to suffer. That we failed in our promise to make you better, not worse. I’m sorry you heard foolish, ignorant, dismissive, carelessly cruel things from those that were supposed to care for you more than when you really needed it the most. I’m sorry you’ve had far more operations than any one person should ever have, or that you understandably don’t know who to trust. We can point to our many successes, and they are many, but that provides no comfort at all to those of you whom we failed. I think it’s our job now to see how we can shrink your numbers as close to zero as humanly possible so thank you again for pushing us all together. “

View Dr. Ness' presentation here.

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