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:
- 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”.
- 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.
- Choose soft foods that are easy to chew.
- Don’t chew gum.
- Exercise regularly to reduce pain and release tension.
- Avoid opening your mouth wide.
- Wear a night guard, avoid the store-bought sports guards.