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Centralized Pain in TMD: Is It All in the Head?

We are pleased to introduce Sophia Stone, a new contributor to The TMJ Association, whose passion is to separate TMD fact from TMD fiction. Sophia has a background in medicine and research and can draw on her personal experience as a TMD patient.

TMD and Burning Mouth Syndrome

A study in the International Journal of Dental Research reporting the latest update on Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) noted two thirds of BMS patients also had Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD).

Stem Cell Study of Jaw Development Could Offer Insight Into Craniofacial Flaws

Scientists in the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Gage Crump have revealed how key genes guide the development of the jaw in zebrafish. These findings may offer clues for understanding craniofacial anomalies in human patients, who sometimes carry a mutation in equivalent genes.

Pain in Your Head Hurts More Than Elsewhere in the Body

Terrie Cowley, Co-Founder and President of The TMJ Association, often remarks that patients tell her that the pain they feel in their jaws is worse than pain elsewhere in the body.

2018 NIDCR and Hill Visits

On February 26, TMJA staff participated in the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Patient Advocacy Council (PAC), an umbrella group comprising non-profit organizations that work together to advance dental, oral,

Magnesium & TMJ Disorders

  • Dec 25, 2013

What is Magnesium?

According to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.

What Does Science Say?

A 2008 study at Baylor University Medical Center looked at women with severe TMJ pain and noticed that 22% had a deficiency in magnesium. This study concluded that a poor diet and the inability to absorb nutrients contributed to the severity of the TMJ Disorder. Additionally, the University of Maryland Medical Center says calcium and magnesium supplements are often used to treat TMJ Disorders;  however, their role is unknown since no scientific evidence exists.

Ruling Out Other Medical Conditions

At present, there is no widely accepted, standard diagnostic test to identify all TMJ Disorders (TMD). Because the causes and symptoms are not definitive, diagnosing TMD to the exclusion of other medical conditions can be problematic. Acknowledging this, patients should try to rule out other conditions that could be contributing to their symptoms. Magnesium deficiency is just one example of the kind of TMD misdiagnosis that can result. Read more about diagnostics and misdiagnosis.

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