TMJ pain can cause great agony to the person and it can cause severe problems in chewing. TMJ is a variety of jaw related conditions that cause extreme pain in the jaw bone, where it meets the skull. A variety of reasons like joint damage, overworked muscles, disk erosion, arthritis etc. can cause TMJ.
Mostly surgical intervention and drugs are necessary for controlling the pain. However, it is not known to many sufferers that simple home remedies can help treat the condition and avoid a surgery. But for severe conditions, home remedies may not be as effective and in such cases, you must schedule a visit to the doctor before the condition worsens and aggravates.
Home Remedies To Treat TMJ Pain
Cold or Warm Packs
For all kinds of pain, this method is very effective. Application of an ice pack on the affected area will help in relieving the inflammation and numbing the sensation of pain as well. However, for some people, application of a warm compress will have a better effect on pain control. Check which method helps you contain and relieve the pain better and gain more control over the condition. Cold or warm packs can be used as often as required for controlling the pain.
Some people have the habit of grinding their teeth while sleeping. This can aggravate TMJ pain and also lead to the development of TMJ at a later stage. If you are prone to such a habit, it is important to ensure the safety of your jaw bone for better health later on.
Using a mouth guard at night will help in such cases. Soft or firm ones are available at drug stores or you can also get it custom made to suit the shape of your jaw and teeth. Mouth guards are known to be very effective even though they might aggravate other conditions like sleep apnoea.
Resting Your Jaw
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As most cases of TMJ can be aggravated with the movement of the jaw, the best way to control the pain without any medications or lifestyle modification is to reduce the use of your jaw. Try and use only food that is soft and requires less of chewing. You must avoid heavy and hard food materials like red meat, chewing gums, crunchy food etc. that requires your jaw to exert too much pressure and trigger TMJ pain.
When we are stressful, we tense our jaw muscles unconsciously and this is a great trigger of TMJ pain. Various stress relieving exercises can be practiced to reduce stress in your life. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing etc. are simple ways by which you can relieve stress. Whenever you are stressed, try to practice one of these methods so that you are immediately relaxed and the tension on the jaws are relieved as well.
This simple exercise will help in controlling TMJ pain a lot. Sit upright and close your mouth. Touch the tip of your tongue on your palate. Now try and move the tip of your tongue backwards, all the while touching the palate. Go as far back and then open your mouth until you feel your tongue tip pulling away from the palate. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat as often as possible.
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Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.