Simple Self Treatment Methods for TMJ


If you experience TMJ symptoms, you should immediately seek advice from a qualified dentist who can recommend courses of treatment ranging from symptom alleviation to surgery. In the meantime, you can try some of these techniques to help control your pain:

  1. Pay attention to when you clench your jaw. Clenching is a common reaction to stressful situations, so learn to relax the jaw and remember: “Lips together, teeth apart”.
  2. If you notice swelling in your jaw, wear an ice pack for 10 minutes to reduce inflammation. For chronic inflammation, you can alternate between ice and heat packs.
  3. Choose soft foods that are easy to chew.
  4. Don’t chew gum.
  5. Exercise regularly to reduce pain and release tension.
  6. Avoid opening your mouth wide.
  7. Wear a night guard, avoid the store-bought sports guards.
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