Does TMJ affect children differently than adults?

TMJ symptoms are the same in children and adults. However, TMJ is less prevalent in children. Women primarily between the ages of 30 and 50 are the largest group impacted by TMJ.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) causes similar symptoms in children and adults. They include:
  • pain in the jaw, facial muscles, or around the ear, neck, and shoulders
  • pain when talking, yawning, or making other mouth movements
  • popping or clicking sounds when opening or closing the mouth
  • difficulty chewing
  • headaches
  • locked jaw -- when the jaw literally freezes in place
TMJ is less common among children than adults. However, if your child has any of these symptoms, take her to see a doctor soon.
TMJ is uncommon in children. According to scientific literature, 90% of TMJ patients are women of child bearing age.

Having said that, TMJ can interfere with normal facial development in children if not treated.

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