Bite Problems & TMJ - What You Can Do!
Here is a list of the things you can implement in your regular oral health habits, to aid in the prevention of TMD's, or to assist in the soothing of an established diagnosis and symptoms.
Be aware of when you are clenching your teeth. Try to relax your jaw muscles and keep them relaxed. If you need help learning to relax, there are courses that can teach you. Ask your dentist or doctor.
Watch what you eat
Stay away from hard or sticky foods. Do not chew gum. Eat a soft diet and cut food into small pieces. Try not to open your mouth too wide even when you yawn.
Massage and Exercise
Rub (or massage) and stretch (or exercise) your jaw muscles. This may help ease stress, just like it does with other muscles in your body. But be gentle. Too much stretching or exercising could make the problem worse.
Use a Compress
Your dentist may suggest putting a cold or warm compress on your sore jaw muscles, then rubbing (or massaging) them gently to help ease tense muscles. For a cold compress, use ice cubes wrapped in a towel, or a bag of frozen vegetables such as peas. For a warm compress, use a hot water bottle or heating pad wrapped in a towel, or a hot, damp cloth.
Remember the saying, "Lips together - teeth apart." When you are relaxed
Your teeth should be slightly apart, your tongue should be resting gently against the roof of your mouth and your lips should be relaxed and barely touching or slightly apart.
Almost all TMD patients get better, but there is no "easy cure." For some patients, once they know that they clench their jaws, they make an effort to relax. They can ease their symptoms in a few days or weeks. For others, it may take several weeks or several months before they feel better.
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