It’s that time of year again when we may start feeling the stress of organising ourselves for Christmas, making plans and setting goals for the New Year.

Stress can take a toll on your muscles and joints, particularly in the jaw area.

You might find that you are clenching your jaw unnecessarily which in turn is causing you unwanted pain.

Given that we have had an increase in patients reporting such pain, we thought it timely to explain how stress can even mock the feeling of a toothache.

Much to the delight of the patients who initially thought they may lose a tooth or need a restoration, most were given some simple instructions and exercises that they can perform at home to help relieve the pain.

TMJ is a term that best describes what you may be experiencing.

If you have similar concerns, be sure to book an appointment and discuss your symptoms with your dentist.

Help is just a phone call away.