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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.

Take Action - Urge Congress to Take a Stand Against Sequestration

  • Dec 19, 2013

Upon return from August recess, members of Congress will be debating the federal budget, debt ceiling, and sequestration. There are many ways you can speak up for yourself, for all sufferers of TMD, and for medical research as a whole:

  1. Contact your legislators both in Congress and the Senate. Let them know you want the best science this country has to offer for these devastating conditions. See below for a step-by-step guide on contacting your Senator and U. S. Representatives by phone, courtesy of The Friends of NIDCR.
  2. Support your TMJA. For over 25 years, the TMJA has fought for TMD research as well as awareness among the scientific community. But you deserve more−more answers, more research towards finding treatment and a cure. Donate now to be part of the solution. Join us in changing the Face of TMJ!

Want to Help Protect Investment in Medical Research?

Add Your Voice! Contact Your Senators and U.S. Representative by phone and urge them to support and advance oral health research.

  1. Call the Capitol Switchboard, 202-224-3121, and ask to be connected to your member of Congress's office. Find your members of Congress at: or
  2. Once you reach your legislator, tell them you are a constituent from _____ [city/town].
  3. Ask to speak to the Health Legislative Assistant.
  4. Advise the Health LA that:
  • Sequestration must end. Encourage a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to non-defense discretionary programs like those at NIH and NIDCR.
  • Cuts to medical research at NIH, especially oral health research at NIDCR, does more harm than good.
  • Cuts to medical research will eliminate jobs, harm the economy, and stifle advances in the search for cures for diseases.
  • Research is a responsible investment that is peer-reviewed and evaluated.
  • Thank them for their time and for their interest in advancing and supporting federally-funded oral health research.
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