For a lot of us, our New Year’s resolution revolves around losing a few inches from the waist, so we design a new diet plan and immediately sign up for a gym membership. But do we really stick to our resolutions? Do we put in the extra hours after work to follow our new workout routine? That’s usually not the case because we are not prepared for the challenges that come with it. In trying to achieve these goals, our health usually takes a backseat. We start ignoring signs and symptoms that deserve our attention at the most. If you are a TMJ patient, you might not want to ignore your jaw muscle pain and the discomfort that results from clicking and popping of the jaw. Disregarding these issues may only result in the pain sprouting at a later stage, but it also becomes more advanced and expensive. Additionally, your ability to speak and chew properly may also be compromised. This New Year put an end to your jaw pain and you would realize how much better you would feel instead of needlessly living with the painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder.
Here are 6 tips for TMJ Treatment that you can start off with at home:
- Get on a Sleep Schedule
If you have been living with TMJ disorder, you have been getting very little sleep. Your sleep problems can interfere with your work, ability to drive and your social life. Studies show that the right amount of sleep could help you stress less and improve your overall well-being. Stick to a sleep schedule and aim for at least eight hours of sleep. While you make that a practice, also avoid caffeine and sugary foods as well as any form of rigorous activities before your bed time. And to help you get into the habit of sleeping better, practice breathing exercises and meditation that will calm your mind and body before going to bed.
- Start Making TMJ-friendly Dishes
Since your jaw pain is temporarily unavoidable, a great tip to get you started on your New Year Resolution is to start cooking your own meals. Bring your creativity on board and start creating your own recipes. Here are some tips to keep in mind before you begin:
- Stick to soft foods like mashed potatoes, soups, and puddings.
- Avoid anything that is hard or crunchy to chew like cereals and chips.
- Cut your food up into small, toddler-sized bites which will make chewing a lot easier.
- Avoid foods that require you to open your mouth wide open, like burgers, donuts, and pizzas.
One of the simplest ways to alleviate your jaw pain is to strengthen and stretch your jaw muscles. These easy-to-do jaw exercises can ease the symptoms associated with TMD and your likelihood of developing the condition may also be reduced.
An important step in eliminating your jaw pain is to change your postures. While you are awake or asleep, here are simple ways to maintain a good posture:
- Sit erect with lumbar support
- Realignment exercises
- Sleep on your back with a TMJ-friendly pillow.
A lot of dental issues are associated with TMD. For instance, if you constantly grind your teeth, you may expose your enamel which can lead to tooth sensitivity and jaw muscle pain. It is important to visit your dentist regularly to treat dental issues before they become a serious issue or lead to temporomandibular disorder.
Start the New Year right by visiting a TMJ specialist who can treat serious conditions or any pain that you have been experiencing. If TMD is left untreated, it can lead to increased pain and health issues.
Schedule an appointment with an experienced dentist in Goodyear for a great start to the New Year.