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Holistic Approaches to TMJ Treatment: What Dr. Mingus Recommends

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a complex hinge joint that connects the jaw to the skull. It is responsible for the movement of the jaw and allows us to open and close our mouths. TMJ disorders (TMDs) can cause pain, tenderness, and difficulty chewing, as well as other symptoms, and can be very disruptive to daily life.

Dr. Mathew Mingus is a Seattle-based holistic dentistry practitioner who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders. Over the years, he has developed an integrated approach to treating TMDs, in which he combines holistic dentistry and naturopathic medicine to alleviate symptoms and restore normal jaw function.

An Integrated Approach to Treating TMDs

Treating TMJ disorders holistically means addressing the health and well-being of the patient as a whole, not just the symptoms of TMD. Dr. Mingus takes a comprehensive and individualized approach to care, and considers all relevant factors that may be contributing to the TMJ disorder. This includes diet, lifestyle, mental and emotional health, and the patient’s dental and medical history.

Naturopathic Medicine Treatments

Naturopathic medicine views the body as a whole, and aims to support its innate healing process. Dr. Mingus may use a variety of naturopathic treatments to address the root causes of TMJ disorders and restore the body to balance. Each patient’s treatment plan will be tailored to their individual needs, but may include homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, and other gentle yet effective remedies.

Non-Invasive Holistic Dentistry

The primary goal of holistic dentistry is to minimize the introduction of potentially harmful materials and treatments into the body. In treating TMJ disorders, Dr. Mingus opts for non-invasive and innovative approaches like Myobrace® orthodontics, which realigns the jaw without the use of traditional braces, or Botox for neuromuscular relief and improved jaw function. In the case of amalgam fillings, he prefers to use composite fillings, which are less likely to release mercury into the body.

Lifestyle and Nutritional Counseling

In addition to naturopathic and holistic dental treatments, Dr. Mingus offers lifestyle and nutritional counseling to TMJ disorder patients. He will take the time to discuss their current eating habits, stress levels, and sleep patterns, and make recommendations to improve overall well-being. This may include incorporating anti-inflammatory foods, staying hydrated, and practicing stress-relief techniques to support the body’s natural healing process.

Support and Encouragement

Living with TMJ disorder can be frustrating and overwhelming, and it can be difficult to find consistent relief from symptoms. Dr. Mingus understands the unique challenges that TMJ disorder patients face, and takes the time to provide them with the support, encouragement, and knowledge they need to navigate their healing journey. He is dedicated to helping his patients achieve greater physical and emotional well-being.


Dr. Mathew Mingus is a pioneer in the field of holistic dentistry, and his integrated approach to treating TMJ disorders yields remarkable results for patients. By combining naturopathic medicine, non-invasive holistic dentistry, lifestyle and nutritional counseling, as well as ongoing support and encouragement, he helps TMJ disorder patients achieve optimal health and wellness. If you are living with TMJ disorder and looking for effective, natural solutions, make an appointment to see Dr. Mingus today.