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Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) may lead to eating, chewing, speaking, and swallowing difficulties.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw (mandible) to the temporal bones in the skull & is located anterior (in front) of the ear. The TMJ allows the mandible to move up/down vertically, side/side laterally for talking, chewing, eating, and yawning.

Do SLPs treat the TMJ directly? NO!
When clients have TMD, we coordinate with a client’s doctors. Then, we conduct an oral motor & oral swallowing evaluation to determine how the function of the orofacial muscles has been affected. We develop a treatment plan in to improve the oral motor skills of the orofacial muscles for improved functional skills--chewing, eating, oral swallowing, oral resting position, and/or speaking.

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