There are no guidelines for preventing TMD. If you have TMD, the following may help prevent symptoms:
- Ask your dentist if you need a night guard for grinding and clenching of the teeth.
- Try to limit jaw movements. Learn to relax your jaw. Block a yawn by putting your fist under your chin.
- Avoid extensive movements of the jaw.
- Don't chew gum.
- Learn relaxation techniques. Develop effective ways to cope with stress.