Why We Have TMJ (jaw joint) Disorder: A Darwinian View

Why do people have TMJ disorder? In Why We Get Sick, the New Science of Darwinian Medicine, Authors Randolph Nesse and George Williams explain.

Cave people had to eat all kinds of tough stuff and spent a good part of the day chewing. The foods that were available during most of human history are not the soft fruits and vegetables, meats and breads we have today. Everything was wild until the dawn of agriculture—not long ago in the grand scheme of things—and even then, food was rough by today’s standards. The human body has not had a chance to evolve.

People raised on fish sticks and boiled broccoli do not develop the jaw muscles of our ancestors whose chew-chew-chewing of real food from an early age helped the teeth align themselves for an effective bite.

This so explains why I get relief from my TMJ when I chew on the chew pad that my dentist provided me. He said it was to strengthen my jaw muscles, but it also seems to align my teeth. It doesn’t take much, just 30 seconds a few times a day.

The key to the chew pad is that it is horseshoe shaped—both sides of the jaw are working equally. Chewing gum makes things worse, and, I speculate, may be part of our problem.

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