Temporomandibular joint syndrome also known as, TMJ, is a disorder caused by injury of the jaw muscles and nerves. TMJ is the construction between the jawbone and the skull. If you experience occasional jaw pain, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you often chew gum?
- Do you tend to get bored and bite your nails?
- Do you gnaw on pens while sitting at your desk?
- Do you eat a lot of hard candy?
- Do you clench your teeth during the day or grind while you sleep?
- Does your jaw click or pop?
If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, you are probably experiencing TMJ syndrome.
There are a few things you can do at home to prevent TMJ syndrome:
- Avoid extreme jaw movements
- Do NOT rest your chin on your hand
- Eat soft foods
- Chew less by cutting foods into smaller pieces
- Use moist heat or cold packs
- Take anti-inflammatory drugs to temporarily relieve the muscle pain and swelling
- Schedule an appointment for an occlusal guard
If you would like to schedule a consultation for a TMJ evaluation at our practice, please contact us today!