Dr Lorie Miller Stevens, DMD | Hormones/TMJ in Gainesville

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Have you noticed that  women always seem to be the ones who suffer from Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ/TMD)? 

TMJ dysfunction is related to hormone imbalance and can lead to condylar/joint degeneration*.   The TMJoints have both Estrogen and Progesterone receptors.  Women who have degenerative osteoarthritis also have a stress reaction that increases the inflammation and destruction of the joint complex*. 

Estrogen is osteolytic ( breaks down bone) and Progesterone promotes bone growth.  Other beneficial affects of Progesterone are joint flexibility, calm, sleep, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety which would by extrapolation seem to reduce the effects of TMJ.

It is my clinical and personal experience that balancing hormones and  reaching adequate micro- and macro-nutrients will ease if not eliminate even chronic TMJ pain and dysfunction.  In my practice, I have found that patients improve continually as the hormone/nutrient balances improve. So, if you suffer with TMJ, there in hope for better health and life without pain!

Contact me with questions or discussions on this post, and always,

Yours for Best Health,


Dr. Lorie~~





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