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Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project The TMJ Association received the following request from Professor Justin Durham and his research team at Newcastle University. We encourage TMJ patients to participate in this project as it is an under researched

Drug Induced Bruxism

The authors of this article state that orofacial movement disorders (bruxism) are treated typically by dental professionals and not by those specialists (neurologists) researching and treating the other movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, tremors, etc.). Again, this is more evidence of the complexity of TMD and the need for multidisciplinary research and treatment in TMD.

Cervical Muscle Tenderness in Temporomandibular Disorders and Its Associations with Diagnosis, Disease-Related Outcomes, and Comorbid Pain Conditions

To analyze cervical tenderness scores (CTS) in patients with various temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and in controls and to examine associations of CTS with demographic and clinical parameters.

You, Your Esophagus and TMD

The esophagus is a roughly ten-inch hollow tube that descends from your throat through the diaphragm into the stomach. Normally, it is a one-way street transporting food you swallow to the stomach for digestion. But in GERD— Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease— the flow can reverse so that stomach contents (including gastric acids) are regurgitated upwards to cause a burning sensation (heartburn), nausea, pain and other distressing symptoms.

It's Time to Be Part of the Solution

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Study on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) is well underway. We strongly encourage everyone affected by TMD to write to the NAM committee letting them know what it is like to live with TMD and your experiences with getting care.


  • Dec 18, 2019

The more we work together to get the word out about TMJ disorders the more people will understand that it’s not just a matter of a clicking and a popping joint, but much more.  In turn, that will bring pressure for increased research funding, increased education of all health care providers and increased understanding of TMJ by your friends, employers and loved ones.

Every Day Is TMJ Education Day! 

  • Educate your health care providers.  Provide them with a copy of our free TMJ brochure at your next visit and place a Post-it note in the sections of the brochure you want them to read.  Share it with your primary care physician, your dentist, ENT, PT, school nurse, and others.
  • Contact your elected officials.  Schedule an appointment to visit your elected officials.  Educate them about TMJ disorders, the treatments you've undergone, money you've spent on treatments, and your current state of health.  Discuss the need for quality science in this field to help us find the answers we need.  Contact us before your scheduled appointment and we'll be happy to provide you with brochures to leave with your elected officials. The TMJA will also follow up with your represenative regarding your concerns. And don't forget, send a thank you letter to your elected official after your visit thanking them for their time.

TMJ Report Language

For over 30 years, The TMJ Association's advocacy efforts have resulted in congressional report language in which funding committees communicate to federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), that our elected officials are concerned about the plight of TMD patients and propose initiatives needed to improve their health care and lives. These directives have a powerful influence on the decisions made by government agencies. In the case of TMD we are talking primarily about, the components of the NIH. We have established personal contacts with congressional staff and elected representatives and garnered their support by reporting regularly on the state of TMD research and letting them know what we, the patients, need. It is gratifying to report that Congress responds to the needs of TMD patients and tracks the progress the NIH has made on their behalf.  

For these devastating conditions we want the best science this country has to offer and we are fortunate to have the support of members of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Services Appropriations Subcommittee, responsible for funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This support deserves our thanks; take a moment to send a note of appreciation to the committee members.

Report Language appearing in the FY2020 Appropriations Bills:

Temporomandibular Disorders [National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research].—NIDCR is encouraged to continue collaboration with governmental agencies and other stakeholders in the project entitled Temporomandibular Disorders: From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment and to increase funding to expand the science base in this field.

Temporomandibular Disorders [Office of the Director].—NIDCR is encouraged to continue collaboration with governmental agencies and other stakeholders in the project entitled Temporomandibular Disorders: From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment and to increase funding to expand the science base in this field.

Temporomandibular Disorders.-For the first time, the nation's leaders in health and medicine are enlisting experts to review all aspects of TMD, generating recommendations for research, regulation, and policy. To continue to build on advances in coordinated research and treatment, the agreement asks OD, as it continues to work with NASEM on the study, to explore the creation of a NIH inter-Institute TMD working group and to report to the Committees within 90 days following the publication of the final report.

What is the National Institutes of Health (NIH)? Why is it Important to TMJ Patients?

The NIH, one of 10 federal agencies under the direction of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency that conducts and supports medical research. With the support of the American people, the NIH annually invests over $30 billion in medical research. The NIH is comprised of 27 Institutes and Centers. It provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state, and at selected sites throughout the world. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease, work to determine causes, and establish treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases. One of those 27 components is the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), which supports the bulk of research on TMD. Now that scientific understanding has uncovered the neurological and other complexities of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), an increasing number of components of the NIH are recognizing that they have a significant role in solving the puzzle of TMD by also providing funding for integral research programs.