Did you know that your jaw plays an important role in maintaining the function of your smile? It’s important to care for your jaw joints as you would your teeth and monitor them to ensure they stay in good health. Your jaw joints are often referred to as TMJs or temporomandibular joints, and they help you mouth move as it should. If you are experiencing discomfort due to a TMJ disorder that results in jaw pain, the following treatment strategies may help:
– Beware of developing bad dental habits that can weaken your jaw health, such as chewing on your nails or biting pens.
– Consider any foods your diet that may cause you to develop sore jaw joints. Items such as steak and other tough and chewy foods, as well as chewing gum, can put the jaw under a lot of stress.
– Certain alternative treatment methods can improve the symptoms of TMJ disorder by reducing your stress levels. You may find some relief from your condition by using meditation, yoga, stress balls and biofeedback, all of which can reduce jaw tension.
– Sometimes, TMJ discomfort can be improved with heat and ice packs, which can soothe pain and treat swelling or inflammation in the jaw joints.
– Some cases of TMJ disorder are caused or worsened by pre-existing health conditions such as bruxism. This condition can cause patients to unconsciously grind or clench their teeth while sleeping and damage the jaw joints. Notify Dr. Deborah Carey if you suspect you have a condition that is affecting your TMJ disorder.
Contact Carey Dentistry at 281-859-5637 today to schedule your consultation with our dentist and learn more about how to treat TMJ disorder in Houston, Texas.