An estimated 50 million people suffer from chronic headache, earache, and facial pain. No other joints are subject to such a precise discipline as that of the meeting and biting of the teeth.
Symptoms frequently associated with this problem are popping, clicking, or grinding noises of the jaw joints when eating or opening the mouth, soreness and limitation of opening the mouth, stiffness of the neck and shoulders, ringing of the ears, dizziness, nausea and periodic blurriness of vision. The bizarre and seemingly unrelated combination of symptoms makes diagnosis difficult for both the medical and dental communities since many other diseases may cause similar symptoms.
The cause, in most cases, is a disharmony of joints, muscles and teeth. Emotional stress, which may cause an increase in clenching and grinding of the teeth, is seen as a common co-factor. A muscle or skeletal imbalance can occur as the result of improper jaw development, misalignment of the teeth, a blow to the face, loss of teeth, recent dental work, improper oral habits, and even poor body posture.
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