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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.

TMJ Disorders and Dizziness

  • Dec 25, 2013

New Research Links to TMJ Inflammation

TMD patients sometimes report feeling dizzy or experiencing an uncomfortable whirling sensation throughout their bodies, either of which can place them in danger of losing their balance and falling. There are sensors in your inner ear that monitor your body’s position in space and response to gravity by sending nerve signals to brain centers called the vestibular nuclei. In turn, nerve cells in these centers send signals to your eye and limb muscles to make appropriate adjustments to keep you upright and balanced. This all happens unconsciously, by way of reflexes. So how could having TMD interfere with this process?

A team of Korean researchers decided to see if the vestibular nuclei were affected in cases of jaw inflammation by means of simulating TMD in animal models. The team used two groups of rats. One group was injected with an inflammatory agent in the right TMJ. The other was a control group injected in the right TMJ with normal saline. They waited 24 hours and then studied neural activity in the vestibular nuclei. Sure enough, they noted signs of increased activity in the vestibular nuclei on both sides in both the experimental and control groups, but much greater activity in the nuclei of the experimental animals on the inflamed jaw side provide grounds for suspecting that symptoms of dizziness might well reflect abnormal vestibular activity as a result of TMJ inflammation.

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