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Screen Time: Protecting Your TMJ Health 

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

Pretty much every single person you know on earth is using some sort of screen (and it’s probably something that happens on a daily basis). You might do your work on a computer. You may spend your downtime enjoying streaming videos on a mobile device. You may primarily communicate through texting! Whatever the case, if you have your face in a screen, you might not be doing your jaw joints any favors. Learn more from our Columbia, TN team about the connection between TMJ disorder and screen use, so you can do your best to use this technology wisely.

Too Much Screen Time Can Mean TMD

It’s important for patients to consider the fact that they probably spend a lot of time on screens. Of course, when you’re staring at your phone, you’re looking at your tablet, you’re sitting over your laptop, or you are at a desktop computer, one thing is generally true: You’re not enjoying the best posture ever. This, of course, usually lasts much longer than just a couple of minutes. When you spend serious time in front of a screen and you’re doing what most people do (holding your head forward), this is placing pressure on and straining a variety of tissues. This includes jaw joints, supporting muscles, and more. Over time, this tension can encourage TMJ disorder or exacerbate an already existent problem!

Remember To Move Around (Take Breaks)

We know. You need to use your device for personal reasons, for work, and a long list of other compelling explanations! With that said, there are some things you can do to guide yourself away from TMJ disorder or from making it worse. To begin, remember to take frequent breaks. Get up, move around, get your blood flowing, loosen up your muscles. It works wonders and offers some relief to your jaw joints.

Set Up An Ergonomically Friendly Station

Take a look at the way you’re sitting at your desk, and more, and making any changes you can so that your station is ergonomically correct or supportive of your body’s best posture.

Take Preventive Visits Seriously!

Fortunately, whether you recognize TMJ disorder or not, we will recognize it. That is, assuming you’re following through on coming in to see us for your dental checkups and cleanings. Your checkups are thorough examinations that will give us the chance not only to find hygiene-related concerns, such as cavities, but also functional issues like TMJ problems. The more consistently we see you, the easier it is to quickly offer treatment, so you can remain free of damage.

Address Your TMJ Disorder Culprits

Talk with us about the hazards you’re not necessarily recognizing in terms of TMJ disorder and how to make things better. Address lifestyle concerns and receive TMJ treatment with us for quick improvement. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.

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