10 Tips for Managing TMJ Pain

TMJ disorders are no fun. They can be uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful. Here are a few tips to help manage the symptoms:

  1. Avoid gum
    Excessive chewing is one the things can contribute to a sore and painful jaw.
  2. Eat soft foods, and try to avoid chewy or crunchy food
    If you do choose harder foods, just cut them up into small pieces to make chewing easier on your jaw.
  3. Find outlets for anxiety
    Teeth clenching or grinding can cause painful symptoms of TMJ disorders.
  4. Stretch
    Stretching is a great way to reduce tension. Your doctor or dentist can evaluate your unique situation and suggest exercises that can provide relief for your symptoms.
  5. Massage
    Your jaw muscles and joints work hard all day long. A massage is a great way to relive tension and stress from overworked muscles.
  6. Yawn smaller
    To protect your jaw joint support your chin with your fist when yawning or try keeping your tongue on the roof of your mouth so it doesn’t open so far.
  7. Avoid holding the phone with your shoulder
    It can stress your neck and shoulder muscles and in turn your jaw muscles.
  8. Use hot or cold therapy
    Moist heat or ice packs are a great way to help alleviate discomfort caused by TMJ disorders. Alternating between warm and cold therapy can help with inflammation.
  9. Pain Relievers
    Over the counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can provide relief when pain and discomfort is at its most difficult.
  10. Sit up Straight
    Research is showing that posture can play a role in symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. This includes posture when sitting, standing and even sleeping.

If you’re suffering from TMJ pain, call our office today at (602) 957-9643 and find out how a custom-fit oral appliance can help relieve your pain.

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