If you have temporomandibular joint disorder, don’t be depressed. You are not alone. Over 60 million people in U.S. only suffer from this disorder. Most important part is how to properly diagnose temporomandibular joint. First step is to consult your doctor and he or she will tell you what to check first.
Most common symptoms are:
– jaw clicking and popping,
– unable to open your mouth wide open,
– teeth grinding,
– pain in the ear or headaches…
Most efficient home remedies for TMJ
Cures for temporomandibular joint pain can be various – home remedies, supplements, diet plans, splints and mouth guards etc. Although there are not 100 percent efficient cure, pain related to TMJ can be minimised with those products. There are also many good researched guides for implementing right cures in everyday life. Cures aren’t permanent and do not heal it forever, but it will help with dealing with pain and decreasing the tension made by TMJ. One of the useful cures is wearing a mouth guard.
Mouth guard is a plastic or silicone cover for teeth that prevent damaging the teeth during the night. One of the symptoms of TMJ is teeth grinding or clenching. Also, very important thing is a good diet. You must not eat chewy and crunchy food because that make a lot of pressure on the jaw and muscles and it will worse and increase pain. You should choose a soft food, blended vegetables for example, rich with magnesium and calcium. This will relax the facial muscles and release the pain. Also, drink a lot of water, 2 liters minimum for a day, to prevent dehydration because it can cause tightness of the face muscles which will increase pain. When yawning ,place your fist under the chin to prevent jaw locking or to be unable to close the jaw. Do not open your mouth too widely ,because that will cause pain and locking.
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