Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is easy to take for granted until something goes wrong.
TMJ pain is almost impossible to live with. The discomfort can interfere with normal daily activities like chewing, yawning, talking, and laughing. To make matters worse, diagnosing the cause of a TMJ disorder and then treating it is very difficult.
So if you have no complaints so far, then now is the perfect time to make sure you’re taking good care of your jaw in order to avoid TMJ problems.
Stress is a major factor in TMJ issues. Tension can cause you to unconsciously clench your teeth and jaw muscles. This is just another great reason to make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep and eating well.
De-stress before bedtime with a cup of soothing herbal tea, a warm bath, or some relaxing music.
Get a Mouthguard
A teeth clenching and grinding habit taxes the TMJ and most often occurs during sleep. If you have this habit, then a night guard may help you limit the stress your jaw experiences.
Choose Not to Chew
Of course, you don’t want to never use your jaw. That would put on the fast-track to weakening. But it’s a good idea to occasionally evaluate just how much you work that joint.
Do you regularly chew on ice cubes from your drink? Do you constantly have a piece of gum in your mouth? When your jaw frequently engages in such activities, it can weaken and cause wear on the joint. Excessively strong cheek muscles can also put a strain on the TMJ.
How is your TMJ doing? Find out by scheduling a visit with your dentist or oral surgeon.
Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
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