The abbreviation TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, that is the point at where the jaws meet at the back of your mouth, however like most terms in life it has evolved into meaning that if you have TMJ, it’s a condition that you have with your jaw-joints. However you paint it up, it is one of the smallest, delicate and important joints in the body. A lot of forces go through these joints each day, from chatting and chewing and more dangerously, grinding, so it is important to care for the occlusion or ‘bite’ of the mouth. In your early years, getting your teeth aligned can protect the jaws from over, under and cross biting and ensure that they come together correctly. This will reduce the stresses that go through the TMJ. The fitting of crowns, dental bridges and implants after tooth loss are also important in maintaining the health of the occlusion, as they help to keep the shape of the mouth true. If you participate in contact sports, it’s imperative that you protect your mouth and jaws from damage, again to save your jaw joints- because here’s the deal to all of this. If your jaw aches or clicks, it means that it could already be damaged and it may take some serious surgery to repair it. If you have any fears about this, Walton’s Mulberry Dental Care, that serves Sunbury, has all the information you need about TMJ.