Dr. Nammy Patel at San Francisco Green Dentistry discusses chronic fatigue and correcting TMJ (the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jawbone to your skull).

Q: Can you touch on chronic fatigue and correcting TMJ?

Dr. Nammy Patel: So chronic fatigue is basically when you’re tired all the time. This is very common in my women, when they’re go-getters, or even in men, when you are just feeling exhausted all the time. Sometimes it has to do with hormones. A lot of times we’re finding that it actually has to do with inflammation. And the inflammation is actually coming from the jaw joint.

And so when that jaw joint, that cranial base, is, again, held by the jaw, it’s getting rubbed all the time. So there’s a lot of inflammation. So your body’s expending a lot of energy trying to heal that and try to just really make things work in that area. So, that chronic inflammation is causing fatigue, because again, all the energy reserves that you have are being utilized to try to stabilize this area in the jaw joint.