Facial pain, headaches, ear problems, dizziness, and difficulty eating are only some of the symptoms you may experience with TMJ Syndrome. Some prevention tips can reduce your risk of developing this condition, and may reduce the risk of symptoms if you already have it.
Dental Tips For Chewing:
Your chewing habits may be affecting your jaw. You can avoid TMJ Syndrome by avoiding unhealthy habits.
- Avoid food products that require effort to chew. Foods that are chewy or hard place more strain on your jaw.
- Do not chew gum. It is an unnecessary habit that strains your jaw.
- Do not bite or chew objects. If you have the habit of biting your nails, pencils, or other objects, break the habit.
Prevention Tips For A Healthy Jaw:
Your daily lifestyle habits can affect your jaw, too. Some changes can reduce your risk of TMJ Syndrome.
- Learn how to relax. When you are coping with stress in your everyday life, you may be clenching your jaw without realizing it. Stress and tension can also affect your muscles.
- There are numerous techniques you can try for relaxation. If you are not familiar with these techniques, you can discuss it with your dentist.
- Proper posture can reduce or relieve symptoms. While proper posture is important for everyone, it is especially useful if you spend many hours each day in a sitting position.
- Do not stay in one position during the entire day. Stretch and change your positions occasionally.
Seek Treatment For TMJ Syndrome:
In many cases, simple home remedies can prevent or relieve symptoms. Some of the most common remedies include ice, moist heat, exercises to relax the jaw and muscles, and a change in sleeping positions. Pain can also be relieved with over the counter products.
However, the most effective approach to TMJ Syndrome is a treatment your dentist recommends. It will increase the likelihood of satisfactory results, and you may be less likely to experience symptoms in the future.
Jaw issues can impact your general health and your quality of life. Do not hesitate to discuss it with your dentist.