If the jaws become tired after
chewing gum or eating chewy foods, this is one of
the earliest signs that something is wrong with the
functioning of the chewing system. The human jaw is
so well designed that it is impossible for the jaws
to become tired unless the jaws are not properly
aligned. The most common problem is a lower jaw,
which is deficient or well behind the upper jaw.
These patients appear to have protruding upper teeth
but in the majority of these cases the lower jaw is
positioned behind the upper jaw. If any tiredness of
the lower jaw should occur, the child should be
examined by a dentist trained in the area of TM
Dysfunction (TMJ) a jaw joint problem. Dr Shodjaee
has been trained to treats those patients with
orthodontic, orthopedic or TMJ problems.
Jaw joint (TMJ) problems are
beginning to develop when a child experiences
headaches. Pain from headaches is not normal,
especially in young children. Normal children are
healthy, pain-free and have relatively low stress
levels. Therefore, headaches that do occur are a
sign that the system is overloaded. Headaches of
once or twice a month can easily be an early warning
sign that should be taken seriously.
Poor posture combined with a jaw
problem significantly overloads neck muscles
creating pain and discomfort. These problems tend to
get worse as the children get older if the
structural problems, as discussed previously, are
not corrected. Early evaluation and treatment can go
a long way to providing a lifetime of better health
and comfort for our young patients.
If your children have any
of the above problems, please consider making an
appointment with Dr. Shodjaee and his staff. For an
assessment appointment please call 613-216-2016.