There are many everyday lifestyle changes that can help get TMJ pain relief.
No one wants to live with TMJ pain, and luckily, with our TMJ treatment in the Overland Park area, you’ll get the solution you need. Although the very best solution for your TMJ pain is to have our experienced dentist treat the source of the problem, there are a few lifestyle changes that can help to get some pain relief. The following is a list of a few of the changes:
#1. Reduce your stress.
The effects of stress manifest themselves in many different ways, and stress can even make TMJ disorder more painful. This is because stress leads to teeth grinding, poor sleep quality, neck pain, back pain and headaches. Find ways to reduce your stress level, such as taking a yoga class or regular gym time, meditation and spending some time outdoors. Studies have shown that spending time in the sun can help to improve mood.
#2. Eat softer foods.
Nothing can lead to worsening jaw pain like eating difficult to chew, crunchy or hard foods, such as granola bars, caramels or tough meats. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious soft foods out there, and if you include more soft foods and fewer hard and chewy foods in your diet, it can help to minimize your pain.
#3. Use warm moist heat
You don’t necessarily need to take medication to reduce your TMJ pain. In fact, warm moist heat can be effective. Use warm moist heat on the side of your face and your temple to help reduce inflammation and discomfort.
Although all of these things can certainly help to minimize your pain, your best bet is to visit our dentist to discover the root cause(s) of your pain. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.