Hey everybody, it’s Jo. I got an emailfrom Barry and he was having some TMJ pain. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint whichis your jaw joint right there. And I’m gonna show you today just some simple stretchesand strengthening exercises to get that TMJ feeling better. So we’re just gonna startoff, you want to start off gently with these exercises, you don’t want to push very hardbecause this joint is small and it can get irritated very quickly. The first one youwanna do is you’re gonna use the palm of your hand so you’re not pushing with your fingers,but you’re using just your palm. You’re gonna put your palm on one side, doesn’t matter becausewe’re gonna do both. And you gonna keep your
mouth and teeth aligned. So the jaw staysin one spot, your teeth stay aligned so they’re not going back and forth like that. You’regonna keep it nice and still and you’re gonna push your palm in that way. And just holdit in place. A nice little 5 second push. Good. See how my jaw’s not actually movingbut I’m just putting gentle pressure on one side. Then after your do that maybe 35 times,5 seconds a piece, then you’re gonna switch and do the same thing on the other side. Somake sure you don’t just do one side and not the other side cause you wanna keep it even.The next one really simply, you’re gonna open your mouth just a little bit and put yourfingers inside but make sure you don’t bite
your fingers. You’re not biting, your keepingagain your jaw still and pushing pressure down this time. So you’re gonna put your fingersin your mouth on your bottom teeth, and just push down. See again my jaw’s not moving.I’m not stretching it open, I’m keeping it in one spot. Again just start off with about5 seconds of gentle pushing and do that about 5 times. The last one is to stretch out thejoin back here. You’re going to put your palm on your chin and just push straight back.Again you wanna make sure that your teeth are in alignment. If your teeth are over hereor over here and your moving it, you’re going to irritate that joint. So just palm on thechin. And relax your jaw. And push straight
back. So those are the exercises to strengthenand stretch out your TMJ joint if you’re having some pain in your jaw. Just start off withabout 5 seconds and then build your way up, but make sure your not pushing too hard. Theseare gentle stretches for that small joint in your jaw. If you have any questions, pleaseleave them in the comments section. And if you’d like to check out some more tutorials goto AskJo . Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon!.
Dental Care Teeth Grinding Night Guards
I’m Joe Neely, and I practice with theBarton Oaks Dental Group. I’m going to talk about using a night guard for tooth grinding,or in many cases for tooth clinching. Since probably more people simply clinch with excessiveforces, than grind. The night guard has three purposes. The first purpose is to simply putsomething in between your two sets of teeth, top and bottom, that’s softer than your toothenamel. The plastic that a night guard is made out of, even though it feels hard, ismuch less dense than your tooth, and so if somethings going to wear, the plastic willwear. The second thing the night guard does, is, because it has some thickness to it, itgives the muscle a different position to rest
in, and to function in. Striated muscles,if you stretch them a little bit, if you extend them, and then contract them, its therapeuticfor the muscle. It’s the same thing a runner would do when they’re stretching their legs,or ballerinas stretching out, or a gymnast. You’re basically are functioning with thatmuscle at a longer position for the muscle. The third thing the night guard does, is,it gives your jaw support and yet freedom of function. The, the purpose of a custommade night guard, like any orthotic for our sh, sh, running shoes or whatever, is it canbe shaped to fit the patient’s bite exactly. To where when you bite down, you have fullsupport, even support, and when you go through
the different motions and movements of thejaw, your, the, the plastic is shaped to where it puts that jaw through an ideal patternof movement, rather than a hard pattern of movement. The reason that you wouldn’t wantto go to the sporting goods store and get an athletic mouthpiece, is that as you biteinto the athletic mouthpiece, your teeth, top and bottom, sink into that mold, and nowyour teeth are locked in position. And so, with the mouthpiece in place, if you needto, if you’re functioning, then your, the teeth slide across the plastic. If they’relocked into position, and you grind, then the only thing that, that gets torn up isthe joint, and that’s not a good thing.