The term TMD is an abbreviation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw with the front wall of your ear canal. People often use the term TMD to describe the disorder of TMD, a temporary but painful disorder that develops in the temporomandibular joint of the individual. This syndrome usually causes swelling of the joint, which leads to pain and some difficulty opening the jaw.
Allergies and the TMD
Commonly, allergies do not cause TMD, but they can be linked, especially in children. Allergies that cause nasal congestion in children could lead to TMD syndrome, however, this is rare.
Most common causes
Experts still do not know exactly what causes TMD, but several habits have been identified that can trigger it. Grinding teeth can cause inflammation in the jaw joint and the temporomandibular joint. Bruxism, the medical term for grinding, tends to occur at night. Often, stress causes bruxism. Your dentist can tell you if you grind your teeth by examining your mouth. The use of a mouth guard prescribed at night can help alleviate the problem. Chewing gum too often, or some hard foods in particular, can also cause temporary TMD. Opting for a soft diet and set aside the gum for a while gives the jaw a rest, and helps relieve swelling and pain.
Most of the time, you can decrease jaw pain from TMD by eating a diet with soft foods, taking aspirin or other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, as directed by your doctor, and by Apply a warm cloth on the affected jaw three times a day. If the pain does not go away after a week, call your doctor, dentist, or an ear, nose, and throat specialist, also known as an otolaryngologist, who can help you determine the cause of the pain and design a treatment plan.