TMJ disorder affects millions of adults and children in the United States today. To put this into perspective, millions of adults and children wake up on the wrong side of the bed every single day. Yes, that makes it much more visceral. But by reviewing the patient’s medical history, as well as a thorough dental examination, your dental professional will be able to diagnose and suggest proper treatment. Nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscles are all interconnected with TMJ. When any one of these malfunctions, the system that usually works in harmony is thrown off balance, causing pain or loss of functionality in certain areas. Here are a few suggestions to help cope with the pain while waiting for an appointment:
Ice packs. Place ice packs over the temple area and side of the face for ten minutes, three or four times a day.
Change your diet. Place yourself on a soft food diet. Avoid foods like raw veggies, chips, steak, etc. When not eating, make sure you keep your jaw relaxed and slightly apart. The rule to remember is “lips together, teeth apart”.
Get some sleep. Your sleep position is vitally important. Sleep on your back, not your stomach, perhaps with a pillow under your knees to discourage tossing and turning. Stay away from firm, full pillows. Lastly, do not sit or sleep under ceiling fans or vents as this will aggravate sensitive muscles and joints.
Stand up straight. Good posture is key as well. Keep your head up, chin out, shoulders squared and back straight. Support your lower back when sitting and try to stand and move around frequently in order to adjust and stretch your muscles.
If you have questions or concerns regarding TMJ disorder, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.
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