Do you have a temporomandibular joint disorder? Do you struggle with pain when you talk, smile or chew? If so, it’s time to seek help about your TMJ’s. Your TMJ’s are the two joints on each side of your jaw that allow your jaw to open and close.
Our dentist, Dr. Ryan D. Sparks, is happy to help you treat your TMJ’s. Additionally, our team in Corvallis, Oregon, is thrilled to offer you some tips on caring for them within the comfort of your own home.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to treat your TMJ’s at home:
– Wearing night guards each night while you sleep is beneficial because teeth grinding can bother your TMJ’s causing swelling and pain.
– Eating softer foods will be milder on your jaw and assist you with any strain or pressure you might be putting on your jaw by eating tougher foods.
– Anti-stress practices such as meditation, yoga and soothing music to help with stress. Thousands of people suffer from stress, and there is a myriad of ways to help it. Find a way to reduce your stress that could be triggering your TMJ’s causing pain.
– Ice or heat packs can assist you with pain and swelling from your TMJ’s when needed.
If you need additional help with the pain in your jaw and would like to see a specialist, please call us today at 541-754-9322 to make an appointment. Our team of experts at Ryan D. Sparks, DMD are happy to help you with your TMJ blues and any questions or concerns you may have.