How to Prevent TMJ Problems? – Smart Smile Dentistry

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!


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