When I was a senior in high school, I had an unpleasant surprise one morning when I tried to bite into a biscuit. I failed miserably at this mindlessly easy task because my teeth wouldn’t meet. Paranoid, I rushed to my family dentist. He informed me that I probably had TMJ, a painful jaw disorder. For years, I dealt with this dental problem by taking anti-inflammatory drugs. Thankfully, my dentist recommended that I see a TMJ specialist last year. This jaw joint specialist made a custom bite guard for me to wear at night while I’m sleeping. Now, when I wake up in the morning, my jaw muscles aren’t as painful and stiff. On this blog, you will learn about the benefits wearing a bite guard has on TMJ. If you have this painful disease, don’t lose hope. Guard your jaws!