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How do you know if your headache is caused by TMJ? Dr. Abe­les says th­ese are some of the warn­ing signs.

1. YOUR JAW CLICKS OR POPS. Any joint in your body should work silently and seam­lessly. If your jaw clicks or pops when you open or close it, it's a clear sign that the lower half of the joint is not in the proper po­si­tion. Even if the pop­ping and click­ing don't pro­duce pain, the mus­cles that have to sup­port and sta­bi­lize the joint be­come fa­tigued and will pro­duce pain.

2. YOUR BITE FEELS OFF. The TMJ is the only joint in the hu­man body that has 28 teeth stuck be­tween the open­ing and clos­ing mo­tion of the joint—which com­pli­cates things. The TMJ's po­si­tion is dic­tated by where our teeth come to­gether in our bite. So if your bite feels off or your teeth don't fit to­gether well, there's a good chance your TMJ is off, too.

3. YOU HAVE PAIN around your fore­head, tem­ples, back of head, or ra­di­at­ing down your neck. Most pain comes from mus­cle; if your mus­cles are not func­tion­ing well be­cause of fa­tigue from sup­port­ing your TMJ or sur­round­ing fa­cial mus­cles in an im­proper po­si­tion, they pro­duce pain.

4. YOU HAVE FOR­WARD HEAD POS­TURE. Our heads are sup­posed to be cen­tered over our shoul­ders. If yours is in front of your shoul­ders when you are up­right, you have “for­ward head pos­ture.” That re­lates to your bite and your air­way. The far­ther for­ward your head is off the cen­ter axis, the more strain it places on neck mus­cles and ver­te­brae.

5. YOU SNORE. Snoring is a red flag that res­pi­ra­tion dur­ing sleep is dis­turbed. Sev­eral fac­tors can lead to snoring, but one of the most im­por­tant is the po­si­tion of the lower jaw; if your lower jaw is a lit­tle too far back, then the tongue is far­ther back as well.

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