Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) can limit the simple pleasures of eating, drinking, and even, talking. If you are a sufferer of TMD, there are a number of solutions to help reduce the pain and frustration of the disorder. From physical therapy to neuromuscular dentistry, these are the most common ways to correct misalignment of the jaw. If you have not yet made an appointment with your doctor or dentist however, there are five things you should stop doing right now, or you may risk your TMD worsening.
1. Stop Chewing Gum
Gum chewing should be avoided for anyone with TMD. Limit excessive use of your jaw joint and muscles by not chewing on gum or objects.
2. Avoid Eating Hard Foods
Hard foods are tough on your jaw muscles and joints, and do not allow for proper healing. Avoid foods like nuts, ice, corn on the cob, apples, breads, hard candy, etc.
3. Stop Resting on Your Chin
Leaning your head on your chin pushes against the joint, moving it out of place and creating further problems if you suffer from TMD.
4. Avoid Chewing Only on One Side of Your Mouth
Be aware of your chewing habits and chew on both sides of your mouth or you could add stress due to overuse.
5. Don’t Clench Your Teeth
Clenching of the teeth is a disorder that occurs due to stress or unknowingly in your sleep. Ask your dentist about using a mouth guard if you clench your teeth.
So You Have TMD? Are You a Candidate for Neuromuscular Dentistry?
Your jaw is the most used joint in the body. Don’t allow Temporomandibular Joint Disorder to go undiagnosed and untreated.
Neuromuscular Dentistry is a dental treatment intended to correct a misalignment of the jaw at the temporomandibular joint. You might be a candidate for Neuromuscular Dentistry if you suffer from TMD symptoms or if you’re considering cosmetic or reconstruction dentistry. Have questions? Give C&C Dentistry a call today for more information on Neuromuscular Dentistry.