When it comes to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders (TMD), women are more likely to develop this jaw pain. That’s right, women are more likely to suffer from TMD than men. While women might be more prone to developing this disorder that involves TMJ pain, there are ways dentists can help to prevent it from occurring.
TMD in women
Pain affects everyone differently with headaches and facial pain commonly caused by problems with the TMJ. Women who have facial pain, migraines and neck pain due to their TMJ problems may spend years seeking a diagnosis, but never getting the right one.
By advancing your practice to include TMD diagnosis and treatment, you can further help people find relief from their pain. Completing continuing education to offer TMD services can help patients understand the cause of their pain while also receiving the best treatment for TMD.
For patients who experience frequent headaches, feel pain in their jaw, neck or upper back, hear a clicking noise in their jaw or their ears feel stuffy, they may be suffering from TMD. With appropriate treatment, you can help your patients find relief from their pain without a lifetime of pills.
Men still suffer from TMD too
Women tend to experience TMJ pain more often than men. But many still suffer from TMD and will often ignore their symptoms. TMJ pain is real and it can be debilitating. But scheduling a consultation with a dentist, patients can take the right step they need to reduce their pain and discomfort. No matter who they are, it is vital that they seek treatment for TMD.
Sign up for an ongoing education class today to learn more about how you can improve the care of your patients.