TMJ disorder is a frustrating problem characterized by all sorts of vague symptoms that often confound clinicians and patients alike. Every day, it seems researchers discover more and more facts associated with this trying condition, with some uncovering potential causes that prove surprising.

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Finnish researchers recently found that parental depression could be a precursor which may lead to the development of TMJ disorder in offspring. Published in the European Journal of Pain, the study looked at past research dating back over 40 years. After looking at these previous studies, which included over 5500 children and their parents, the researchers found that depression in either parent appeared to substantially increase the risk of their kids developing TMJ disorder by the time they reached adulthood.

A Strange Relationship

Though researchers couldn’t explain why the link between TMJ disorder and parental depression exists; their research clearly suggests that one does. In fact, the researchers called the link “significant,” and suggested that childhood psychosocial risk factors appear to have long-reaching physical impacts that can threaten long-term health.

Clearing the Confusion

TMJ disorder can be confusing, because it can result from numerous causes. It is also often overlooked, because it causes a number of symptoms that often appear to be unrelated. With that being said, when it comes to treating TMJ disorder, the solution can be simple. The vast majority of the time, TMJ problems are caused by a misaligned bite. By correcting this problem, Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins provide their patients with lasting relief; so they can enjoy happy, comfortable lives. If TMJ disorder is causing you to struggle against pain and other debilitating symptoms; now is the time to reach out for help. Contact Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins to find out how you can enjoy permanent TMJ relief.