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Is Your Mouthpiece Causing You Pain?

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Do you get pain in the jaw joint or ears after a long dive? Do you suffer clicking or grinding noises in the jaw joint, or sometimes suffer difficulty opening or closing your mouth? Do you suffer discomfort while chewing, or sometimes find difficulty in clearing your ears? If you yawn carelessly, can you find that your jaw gets stuck? Worse still, do any of those symptoms combine with a feeling of nausea or dizziness?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw joint, is a hinged and gliding joint, and is the most constantly used joint in the body. Positioned as it is forward of the ear, you can feel it by putting a finger against it and moving your jaw up and down or side to side....

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