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Does temporomandibular disorder affect children differently than adults?

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), is a general term for conditions affecting the joint that connects the mandible (upper jaw) and the skull. TMD is more common in adults than children. However, kids can develop TMD if they fall and hit their chins, or if they have bad habits like clenching their jaws or gritting their teeth. If your child says he's  experiencing a popping or clicking feeling in the jaw while chewing, or has difficulty chewing, he may have TMD. 

The symptoms of temporomandibular disorders do not differ between children and adults. However, this group of disorders is less prevalent in children. Women primarily between the ages of 30 and 50 are the largest group impacted by TMD.

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