Although uncommon in children, temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ, can occur for various reasons. Affecting the jaws and the connecting muscles and tissues, TMJ causes pain and discomfort and can be difficult for a dentist to diagnose properly.
TMJ begins in early pregnancy and continues to develop in the child’s first ten years. TMJ can be triggered by:
– Jaw injury
– Grinding of teeth
Other factors include “chewing on hard objects such as pencils, ice or hard candy” or an incorrect bite. More detailed information on TMJ in children can be found at: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/tmj-treatment-options-for-children/