One of our fans just brought up the topic of TMJ syndrome issues – that’s temporo mandibular jaw if you’ve not heard the term before. I learned about it the hard way, as I developed it during my braces treatment as a teen (a long time ago ;-)). I hope that nowadays, all orthodontists understand it and what might cause or worsen the condition.
Basically, it’s pain that starts in the jaw and can radiate throughout your head. Some people get it from clenching their jaw and grinding their teeth while they sleep; for others, it’s a result of a head or neck trauma. Still others never know how/why it occurs, but it makes simple chewing, talking and laughing painful, your jaw can “lock,” and a trip to the dentist for a cleaning can reduce one to tears (been there, done that).
In another post I’ll talk some more about ideas to help you live with/improve the whole TMJ problem, but here I just want to recommend a cookbook/resource book dedicated to the topic:
You Can Conquer TMJ: Ideas and Recipes, by Becky Coffield
You can get it at Amazon for $17.95 plus s/h. I think the book itself deserves a more polished presentation someday to reflect the value of the information, but it’s really the content that matters.
Let me know if anyone has comments or feedback on this topic.