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What Is a Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction? An Introduction to Causes and Effects



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TMJ dysfunction or disorder is also known as temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. While the medical world has advanced considerably over the decades, there is still very little known about TMJ.

This is something that dentists will usually see in patients, as it affects the jaw. They can start to see some of the earlier signs, which has led to them doing more of the research into the condition, side effects, and treatments for it.

Here’s a look at everything that is known about TMJ disorder and what you can do if you or a child is diagnosed.

What Is TMJ Dysfunction?

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Before considering the causes and treatments, let’s look at what TMJ or TMD is.

Patients with this disorder share that they have pain in the joint. It’s a condition within the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the lower part of the jaw to the skull. There are two joints at the ears. Most of your mouth muscles will require this joint to move around, including speaking and chewing.

The pain isn’t necessarily going to appear in the joint. Some patients experience pain in their ears, their face, or their neck. Headaches are also common, as the nerves throughout the head are severely affected.

While the pain symptom is common, some dentists will see the physical symptoms. A person may not be able to open their jaw fully, making it difficult to eat or speak. There are some issues with biting, making chewing harder. Jaws can be placed in locked position, or there may be a popping or clicking sound while chewing.

The disorder affects more women than it does men. This confounds the dentists, as it doesn’t always make sense why female’s muscles and joints are more at risk.

Chewing is the most common everyday task affected. This is because of the pressure that chewing causes on the jaw. It creates shock within the joint, which the cartilage disc within the joint needs to absorb. When the joint is damaged, or the cartilage wears away, the bones and muscles will feel the shock instead. This means pain.

Why Does TMJ Disorder Happen?

As mentioned, very little is known. Dentists don’t even know why patients come in with the condition or what to do about it. There are some theories and some studies that have shown some common beliefs around the condition.

This is a disorder that affects the muscles within the jaw. In some cases, the whole jaw joint can be affected. Because of this, dentists have linked trauma or injury to the jaw or head as the main reason for the disorder arising. Some of the most common patients have had whiplash or a jaw injury.

However, dentists have also noticed the condition in those who grind or clench their teeth. This type of process involves extra pressure on the jaw joint and cause the muscles to work extra hard. Unfortunately, clenching and grinding the teeth isn’t something you can always control. Most people do it in their sleep. While there are sleep aids to protect the teeth, the actual process of grinding isn’t often treated.

Stress can also be a cause of TMJ. When you’re stressed, you will tend to clench your muscles and stiffen your joints. The stress hormones will often make you do this without realizing. You may not even notice that you’re clenching your jaw until you subconsciously think about it or due to some pain.

In some patients, the cartilage disc that absorbs the shock will become damaged, or it moves slightly. This can lead to bone crushing against bone, which causes pain like problems in the fingers or knees. Those who have arthritis are also likely to experience more pain and see TMJ disorder grow.

How Will You Know If You Have TMJ Disorder?

The effects on your body are standard. We’ve covered them in brief.

The most common symptom is a pain. It can be temporary for some and only happen when you’re chewing or moving your jaw. In many cases, the pain is like an arthritis pain. It can also just be a discomfort at first; something that you easily overlook.

It occurs in many women between the ages of 20 and 40. Instead of pain, there may be some discomfort or tenderness around the face. You may not feel it in the joint but in the surrounding area. The ears, mouth, and head are common.

Patients can also struggle to open their mouth wide. This is when the condition is usually noted by dentists. The dentist will struggle to get into the mouth to check because the jaw can’t open enough. Dentists will ask about any other symptoms you may have to see if you are suffering from TMJ dysfunction.

Clicking or popping while moving the jaw is also common. This is commonly heard while chewing at first. Some patients can open their mouths and force their jaws side to side, with a popping sound in their ears. The popping isn’t always painful. It may be uncomfortable at the time, but that discomfort will often dissipate quickly.This is a slight dislocation of the jaw, and patients shouldn’t do it purposely—although at first, it may be a case of finding out what is going on.

In more extreme cases, the disorder will lead to “lock jaw.” This is when the jaw is stuck or locked in a certain position. Some people find they can’t open their mouth at all, while others find they struggle to close their mouth. It can be a scary symptom for some people.

As the disorder continues, there can be some swelling in the body. The immune system believes there is something to attack. Unfortunately, this is an autoimmune disorder. The swelling continues, which can make the pain worse than the actual condition!

There are other symptoms that don’t necessarily seem connected to TMJ disorder. Patients experience dizziness, pains in the ear, head, and neck, hearing problems, tooth pain and even ringing in the ears. These are often referred symptoms.

Is There a Treatment Plan for TMJ Disorder?

Your dentist will want to make sure you have TMJ disorder before suggesting any treatments. This can be done through a physical exam and not just a look at how wide your mouth opens. There will be some signs on your teeth, such as the wearing down of some of them. Your dentist will also look at how your teeth align together, as this can sometimes suggest the jaw has dislocated or a disc has moved.

It can seem scary, but your dentist will help treat your disorder.

The good news is that once the condition is treated, most of the symptoms will disappear. The referred symptoms should completely go away.

The trick is to treat the disorder. Your dentist will often prescribe the treatment and will usually start with a splint. This is known as an occlusalsplint and is usually made of plastic. Don’t worry about the sight; it’s a clear splint. Think of it more like a protective cover that goes between your upper and lower teeth.

Dentists will want to treat the main cause for TMJ disorder. While they don’t know what exactly the reason is, they will assume grinding teeth at first. They will also want to help relax the muscles, which the splint can do. If you have a displaced disc, the splint can often help to move it back in the right place.

Splints work like wrist and leg splits. They help to keep the joints and muscles in place while the repair happens. You won’t usually see any permanent changes to your jaw or your teeth and the splints are just a temporary option.

Your dentist will also often be recommending no dental work while you are going through the treatments. This will include crowns and root canals. They also won’t want you going through any treatment that will change your jaw permanently. The aim is to treat the condition first and then build from there. If you get the dental work while treating your TMJ disorder, you will usually find the dental work doesn’t take.

Dental work can cause damage to your jaw if you have TMJ disorder. This will be another reason your dentist will recommend it. Any dentist that does recommend changes or dental work should be questioned. It’s worth getting a second opinion to make sure you put the health of your mouth first.

Can You Do Anything to Promote Healing?

While you wait for the splint to work, you’ll want to know about home remedies that will help promote healing. Your dentist will likely recommend taking anti-inflammatory medications. While the pills won’t help with the reason for the TMJ disorder, they will help to treat the symptoms. With less swelling in your jaw, you will usually find that the pain symptoms decrease. You may be able to get rid of the referred pain relatively easily.

Depending on the severity of the joint dysfunction, you may also want to consider changing your diet. Many patients will choose to eat a diet of soft foods for a while. They are easier to swallow and will not require too much movement of the joint.

Chewing gum or any candy is usually avoided against. These require the constant movement of the jaw, which will put more strain on your muscles and the joint itself. You cause more shock to that area of the body, which will lead to the cartilage disc damaging further.

If you struggle to open your mouth, you may be given some stretching techniques to follow. They will help to get some movement back into the joint. If you experience pain, you will want to discuss the exercises with your dentist before continuing.

Reducing your stress levels is also highly recommended. After all, your stress could be causing the TMJ disorder to get worse. You will grind and clench your teeth without even noticing at first because of stress. As you learn to understand your body more and the things you do when you are struggling to cope with the stress hormones, you’ll understand the pain better.

There is a range of stress techniques, including exercising, getting a good diet, and meditation. Find something that works specifically for you to add more relaxation in your day.

Finally, some patients have found that warm compresses have helped to ease the pain. The warmth (rather than cold compresses) will help to get the blood flowing. This can help to reduce some of the inflammation within the body and help to ease some of the pain sensations.

Before you try out any therapies that involve moving the jaw talk to your dentist. Dentists will know the severity of the problem and help to offer the right type of movement exercises that will ease the pain and improve movement. They will also know the movements to avoid that cause more pain within the jaw.

Do You Have TMJ Disorder?

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Don’t panic too much if you find out you have TMJ disorder. It happens to a lot of women especially. While it’s relatively common, it’s not something that is understood just yet. Dentists are still researching to figure out just why people have TMJ disorder.

The causes above are mainly ones that dentists have noticed in patients. They certainly make sense, considering how it is a joint affected. If you do grind your teeth or you suffer from stress and clenching, you’ll want to look at ways to treat those conditions. This will help to prevent your TMJ dysfunction from getting worse.

Your dentist will work with you closely to repair the damage. You’ll get exercises to help prevent the joint from getting too stiff and medication to ease the pain if you need it. Make a change to your diet and take the time to reduce stress to help prevent your TMJ disorder from getting worse.


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Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass Celebrates a Decade of Wellness and Success



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From influencing the Philippines’ wellness landscape to making a difference to the lives of Filipino families, Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass continues to grow by leaps and bounds and remains to be a sought- after superfood stalwart in the country.   

Founded in 2007 by Malaysian businessman Edward Ling, Wheatgrass CAN International (WCI) started with a modest beginning. Little did he know that in humble confines of a rented apartment in Dian, Makati will be the birthplace of a wellness brand that’s synonymous with vigor and vitality. As the country’s largest distributor of wheatgrass products with cleansing, alkalizing, and nourishing benefits, Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass is now considered a household name and continuously making waves in the country for over ten years.

That’s why Easy-Phamax Wheatgrass’ lifestyle-centric campaigns talk about relatable real-life situations that get to the heart of the consumers. “Sickness leads to bankruptcy, emotional pain, and ultimately suffering of the whole family. By riding on different monthly health awareness events and strategies that enhance product knowledge about wheatgrass, consumers were able to develop a serious desire to lead a healthy and active lifestyle over time. Through our consistent marketing efforts, consumers of Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass were able to discover its one of a kind health benefits, which all play a big part for the overall prevention strategy that could positively impact their future,” said Wheatgrass C.A.N. International President and CEO Edward Ling.

Because of our fast-paced, harried lifestyle, eating healthily is almost next to none. More often than not, vegetables are absent or inadequate in family meals thus the need for supplementation. And since one sachet of Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass is equivalent to 10 kilos of vegetables, the “No veggie, No problem” slogan strongly appealed to individuals who deviate from vegetables in their diet.  Each sachet is not only loaded with nutrients, its patented Indoor Organic Cultivation (IOAC) process is an assurance of the product’s safety and purity that’s guaranteed free from bacteria, mold, and chemicals. Additionally, its organic fertilizer that allows roots to grow and spread even in the absence of soil that contains the cancer-fighting abscisic acid is what makes Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass a powerful concoction.  

The Father of Wellness, Edward Ling adds “Wheatgrass is all-natural and has a unique property of nourishing the blood. Another factor that brings the product to the consciousness of the consumers is the wheatgrass’ chlorophyll content, which is considered the “green blood” of the plants that helps to sweep out toxins and heavy metals in the body. Well-nourished blood means optimum cell regeneration, which makes oxygen and nutrients get to travel around the body freely. In addition, healthy blood flow is the foundation of good health and one of the secrets of long life, so paying attention to our blood health should be a serious goal. “

The brand has been synonymous with the longest-running brand ambassador, sportscaster and fitness advocate Dyan Castillejo who truly remains to be one of the most influential personalities of all time. Her admirable physique, active lifestyle, and wellness advocacies encapsulate Wheatgrass C.A.N.’s mission of changing lives with optimum health as the beginning.  “With the goal of reaching out to the next generation, fifteen-year-old Matthew Castilejo-Garcia joins her mom Dyan as one of the lead ambassadors of the brand. Now overtaking the world through tennis, Matthew’s burning passion for sports and wellness makes him the perfect fit to launch our products to the young consumers,” added Ling.

To welcome the year with a bang, Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass recently celebrated its decade of success and long-standing market leadership at the Manila Polo Club. Industry leaders, ambassadors, partners, colleagues, and supporters gathered for a night of revelry and thanksgiving with the freshest update of what’s more to come. With its people, the main asset of the company, its top sales managers and leaders like Vice President, Head of Corporate and Consumer Health Jansen Calayag Senior Manager and Head of Marketing Corporate and Consumer Health Armi Montano were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and commitment during this event.  A strong advocate of preventive health, Wheatgrass C.A.N. International’s head and shoulders above success are merited to its hard-working team who share a passionate goal of transforming lives.  Its empowered and talented wellness consultants, administrative department, sales and marketing team who work behind the scenes are considered the company’s greatest asset in reaching the vision of a lifetime of health and wellness.

Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass comes in original, honey, and lemon flavors and available in all Mercury Drugstores, S&R, Watsons, and other leading supermarkets nationwide.  For order and inquiries, contact Customer Service Hotline at (02) 8901111 or 09055757799 and follow social media pages: Wheatgrass C.A.N on Facebook and ilovewheatgrass on Instagram and Twitter.

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One-of-a-Kind Gift Ideas You Can Use this Valentine’s Day



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Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means you’ll have to start looking for a gift soon.  Let Globe myBusiness, the micro, small, and medium enterprise arm of Globe Telecom, introduce you to some great ideas which you can use to wow your significant other.

This year, make Valentine’s Day one to remember when you treat your partner to:

A perfect combination

Those “His” and “Hers” items you find in department stores may seem cheesy to some, but there are more than a few products that are actually quite witty and useful, while at the same time very sweet. With a range that goes from pillows to towels to jewelry to clothing, there are more than a few ways to express your love!

A personalized keepsake

What could be more special than a gift that’s made for your partner alone? Personalized items have become such a hit that you’ll be sure to find names or initials on a multitude of items in just about any mall or shopping center. Make him or her feel one of a kind with something that’s undoubtedly theirs – just like you!


A handmade project

Nothing says “you mean a lot to me” like something you created with your own hands. This kind of gift adds the benefits of something personalized as well: not only is it unique, but it’s tailor-fit to what your partner needs and guaranteed to be useful and appreciated. Most of all, it shows you not only know your partner very well, but also care about what he or she needs.


A gift that keeps on giving

Who says gifts can only be useful once? For the practical partner, even the most unusual “gift” can be romantic if it can be utilized for long. Splurge on something your partner needs around the house, or get them something they’ve always wanted. Not only will they be very grateful, they’ll also be sure to remember you each time they use it.

A delicious feast

Who doesn’t love to eat? Valentine’s Day counts as the ultimate date night. Turn the date itself into a gift by going somewhere extra special. Binge on delicious food, share bites and stories, and most of all relish the calm and romantic ambience that only a very good restaurant has to offer.

A little something for the Earth as well

All kinds of love can be (and are!) celebrated on Valentine’s Day, so extend your care to all the people who matter to both of you. Make sure you show your love for family and friends as well, and while you’re at it, why not give a little something to the Mother we all love, our own planet? You can even turn this into a project you and your partner work together on — because why not?

An experience to remember

It’s one thing to get your partner an object, but it’s a whole other thing to get him or her an experience. Do something you’ve never done as your relationship takes to new heights, and get to know each other better as you’re thrown into all kind of situations or adventures.

A chance to learn something new

If you’re a business owner and you don’t always have time outside of work, yet neither you nor your partner would pass up the chance to discover new things, why don’t you check out a workshop or activity you’ve never tried before? More than just the introduction to what could be a new hobby, it would also be a great bonding opportunity for you two.

Valentine’s Day should be a special occasion simply because it’s there for you to celebrate the most special people. Don’t let it go to waste by giving your partner exactly what he or she deserves — the best!

Globe myBusiness provides digital solutions to local entrepreneurs to help them grow their business.  Follow Globe myBusiness’ Facebook Page at  and check out our wonderful surprises for Valentine’s Day!


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5 Places You Can Visit to Make Valentine’s Day More Special



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There are lots of places where you can spend Valentine’s Day but making it more special means finding venues with unique offers that help create new and memorable experiences.

Lucky for you, Globe myBusiness, the micro, small, and medium-enterprise arm of Globe Telecom, has compiled a list of special places you should visit to make sure your day of hearts will be one for the books:

Spa and Wellness Centers

Relaxation is at its finest in spas and wellness centers. These places offer different ways to de-stress, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Among the things you can try are massages from skillful masseurs. Coupled with aromatherapy, massages can help you feel refreshed in just a few minutes. On another note, some spas and wellness centers offer unique amenities like saunas, fish spas, jacuzzis, and hydromassage pools that are guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

Camping Sites

If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box experience on this special day of love, why not try camping and lounge on the best of what nature has to offer?

Groups of professional hikers and mountaineers are now offering this experience in different campsites near Metro Manila. Also, some resorts take camping to the next level by offering “glamping” as one of their options for accommodation. Glamping lets you enjoy the best of nature with resort amenities.

Beachside Resorts

Beachside resorts are in high demand during summer months, but that doesn’t mean Valentine’s Day would be a bad time to enjoy the sand and sea.

In the sea, you can try kayaking, canoeing, or even island hopping for beachside resorts in places like Boracay, Alaminos, and Puerto Galera. If you want to check what’s underwater, you can try snorkeling, scuba diving, or riding glass-bottom boats. On land, you can explore different areas of a resort or schedule dinners by the seaside.

Historical Churches

Central Luzon houses some of the oldest churches in the Philippines, making it a popular spot for pilgrims and tourists alike, even on Valentine’s Day. Be it in Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, or Tarlac, you’ll surely encounter popular churches with rich histories.

One example is the Monasterio De Tarlac, which is a monastery located at the top of Mount Resurrection that showcases a relic of the cross where Jesus Christ died. A 30-foot colossal statue of Jesus Christ also stands on top of the mountain, making it a popular destination, especially during the Holy Week.

Annual Festivals

A lot of festivals take place in the month of February and luckily, some of them are dated near Valentine’s Day!

The renowned Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City is a celebration of the city’s floral crops showcased through huge floats and artistic displays. Crowds from across the country flock to Baguio City just for this event, which this year will be held on February 24, 2018.

If you want to make an advance trip for Valentine’s Day, the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga, is a sure-fire destination for your senses as well. The festival will take place from February 8 to 11, 2018, perfect for couples and families who want to experience something that they don’t see every day.

Valentine’s Day is a day of love. Be it a date with just your partner or a group date with your whole family, taking the time off work and spending valuable time with them is an investment in itself. After all, your business is for the people who matter the most.

With these suggestions, you’ll surely have a rich and worthwhile Valentine’s Day experience that will help inspire your success in the years to come!

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Three Ways to Upgrade Your Lifestyle This Year



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Don’t let limited funds dampen your curiosity or dreams of learning more about a new place and culture this year. Check out these smart and frugal travel tips for exciting international experiences.

Learn something new

Developing a new skill is a great first step towards self-improvement. It benefits your self-confidence and can create a feeling of achievement that builds towards bigger accomplishments. Try joining a class or following online tutorials for some DIY skills to help you improve your home, or learn essential work skills for the modern economy like social media marketing or coding.

Be adventurous and spend time abroad

Living in a foreign country for a few months or a year can broaden your outlook, help you enhance your language skills, and introduce you to people from different walks of life. Consider a working holiday, co-op or internship, or professional development abroad. You’ll gain valuable international work experience, work on teams with diverse cultural backgrounds and develop connections that strengthen your place in a global workforce—all of which can launch you into the next level in your career.

Make the most of winter

The winter months can be hard on our health, as we tend to hibernate indoors, eat more junk food and exercise less. Get out of this rut by focusing on the best the season has to offer, like skating, skiing and snowshoeing outdoors. Boost your health and beat the winter blues by getting enough vitamin D and eating nutrient-rich foods.

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