TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint. It is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull, and it sits right by the ears. Sometimes the TMJ disorder creates extreme pain and discomfort in these joints, and it can be quite inconvenient. If you experience TMJ discomfort, our dentist, Dr. [doctor_name], has some tips that might help you ease that pain.
First, use a heating pad. Warm the heating pad up (or you can use a warm compress) and place it outside the area that is giving you discomfort. This can help the surrounding muscles relax, which can help relieve some of the pain. Don’t leave the heating pad on the area for too long; it’s best to only use it for 15-20 minutes at a time.
Second, ice the area. If you grab a bag of ice or a cold compress and place it outside the area, it can help reduce swelling and dull pain. Remember to cover the cold compress with a thin towel so the cold surface isn’t directly against the skin. Like the heating pad, it’s only helpful to ice the area for 15-20 minutes at a time.
Third, have a soft diet. This means you should only eat soft, chewable foods when your jaw joints are in pain. So, stick to things like mashed potatoes, yogurt, and cottage cheese. Chewing hard foods can cause more distress in the joints.
If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to soothe TMJ discomfort in [city], [state], please call [practice_name] at [phone] when you get the chance. Our dental team will be thrilled to help you!