There are many things that can go wrong with your mouth and so there are many things to be on the lookout for in central Leeds. But it’s not all about the teeth and gums for these are just two parts of the jigsaw- just as important is the jaws. There is a lot of forces that go through the point at where the jaws meet, or to give it the technical term, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Every day, you are chewing and talking- okay these are natural things that the jaws can handle, what you are trying to avoid is over working it or putting it at too much risk. Sports are to be encouraged at all times, but you should also take precautions to protect your jaw at all costs- especially with contact sports. Teeth grinding can also be very dangerous for the jaws and even though, as in sports, a mouth-guard will help to lessen the damage done to the teeth and gums, the forces are still being exerted through biting down on the guard. Overtime this will damage the jaws, neck and upper back and you may also do damage to your hearing and bring on bad headaches. The damage done will require quite complex surgery to put right. If you want to know more about your TMJ, you should get in contact with your dentist.