There are a few things you can do to try to lower your risk of getting TMD. These are:

Stress and anxiety can lead to habits (such as jaw clenching, tooth grinding, nail biting, gum chewing) that can lead to TMD. Learn ways to ease stress, so that you will not use these habits.

These habits can raise your risk of TMD. Learn other ways to cope with stress. You may also want to talk to your dentist about wearing a night guard to stop you from harming your teeth.

Gum chewing may make you more likely to get TMD by over-exercising your jaw joint.

Make sure you take steps to avoid harm your jaw. Injuries raise the risk of getting TMD. Wear mouth guards for contact sports, helmets for riding sports, and always wear your seatbelt when in a vehicle. Adults should ride in cars that have air bags.

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