Women's Risk of Painful Jaw Disorder Increases With Age

A new study found that women's risk of temporomandibular joint disorders increases with age, according to findings published in the Journal of Pain.

Researchers compared 3,200 pain-free individuals aged 18-44 with 185 people with chronic TMD for three to five years. Using the Orofacial Pain Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment study, or OPPERA, they identified biological, psychological and genetic risk factors.

Although the risk increased with age for women, that was not true for men. Researchers found patients with TMD were more sensitive to painful sensations, more aware of body sensations and experienced a higher heart rate during both physical and psychological stress. Researchers also found a possible link between perception of and ability to suppress pain and TMD. They also identified risk factors in several genes that influence stress response, psychological well-being and inflammation.

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