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3 Mistakes in Treating TMD

Over the years I have realized that there are 3 common mistakes clinicians and patients make when treating TMD.

  1. Don't seek help quickly enough-- Many people wait until their symptoms are very bad to mention anything to their doctor, dentist, or orthodontist. Early intervention is always best! Don't wait!

  2. Not addressing the tongue--Many doctors, dentists or orthodontists labels jaw pain as "just stress" and say the only solution is a night guard or orthodontic treatment. Many PTs just look at the jaw joints. However, the tongue is a very important part to treating TMD. The tongue, if in the correct spot, helps maintain proper jaw posture and decompress the TMJs.

  3. Lack of patience during treatment-- Whether TMD or any other orthopedic condition, the longer you have had a condition, the longer and more interventions may be needed to improve your condition. Patience and consistency is needed!

Have any of these happened to you?

If so, which ones?

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