There is a strong relationship between stress, muscle
temporomandibular (TM) disorders. Emotional stress can
be the result of:
Sudden changes in your life, such as the loss of
a loved one. Stress can also accompany positive changes, such as starting a new
Problems at home or at work.
Worrying about your
performance at work, at school, or in an athletic event.
An overstressed mind can lead to an overstressed body.
Excessive tension in your jaw muscles can force your jaw joint to move in an
unnatural manner. Over time, you may damage the disc that cushions the TM
joint, or you may wear down some of your teeth, forcing your jaw into an
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