It may be a bit of a mouthful, but your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are extremely important at maintaining the health of your upper body in west London. These are the joints where your lower jaw joins the top jaws of the skull and considering they are so fragile, they do a hell of lot of work each day. Caring for these joints is imperative throughout your life because if they are healthy, you can avoid damage throughout your head, your neck and your upper back. Stress can lead to grinding your teeth and this is one of the biggest threats to your TMJ. Though a gum-shield can protect your teeth from damage, it won’t stop the grinding process and you will start to realise when things are going wrong when your jaw aches and begin to click whenever you do the basic things in life- eating, talking and chewing. Such damage will require some very intense surgery in order to repair the problems, so if you feel you are in this position and your jaws are at threat, you should seek immediate help from your dentist in order to avoid problems in the future.