We’re still a few weeks away from New Year’s Eve, but you’re probably already beginning to get your resolutions in order. If you suffer from TMJ, getting your discomfort under control is going to be at the top of the list. Here are our top resolutions for TMD patients that will help you improve your condition and have a happy new year!
Stress is a serious health issue for everyone, because it can cause negative reactions in the body that weaken the immune system and damage the cardiovascular system. It also causes many people to tense their muscles and grind their teeth, both of which can have serious implications for TMD patients. Incorporating one or two calming activities into your daily schedule can help you unwind and stress less. Start small by taking 5-10 minutes a day to meditate, practice yoga, stretch, soak in a hot bath or read – whatever calms your nerves.
GET AN ANNUAL WELLNESS EXAM
Researchers have found that TMD often occurs along with different aliments that affect other areas of the body, such as infections, chronic headache, hormonal imbalances, IBS and fibromyalgia. Seeing a general practitioner at least once a year for a wellness exam could help you uncover other issues that amplify your TMJ pain.
LEARN TO PREPARE MORE YUMMY TMJ-FRIENDLY FOODS
If you’re stuck in a dinner rut it is difficult to make healthy food choices – especially after the holiday season. Spice things up by making a resolution to learn to make a few new TMJ-friendly dishes. Trying at least one new recipe every month will keep you motivated to eat healthy. TMJHope.org is a great resource for finding new, interesting dishes that are perfect for people with TMJ disorders.
STRETCH AND STRENGTHEN YOUR JAW
One of the best things you can do at home to alleviate and prevent TMJ problems is to strengthen and stretch your jaw muscles. Turn to a knowledgeable TMJ source for directions on how to use massage and stretching to strengthen the jaw area, then practice it at home on a regular basis.
FIND A DENTAL PROFESSIONAL WHO CAN PROVIDE TMJ CARE
Getting the help of a dental professional who is knowledgeable about TMJ disorders is an important step in finding treatment options that address the root of the problem. TMD is complex and highly specialized, which means general care practitioners typically do not have the training and equipment needed to properly diagnosis the cause of TMJ pain.
For patients living in the Houston area, MedCenter TMJ can provide exceptional care. Dr. Auvenshine is a leader in the field, with 35 years of experience in the treatment of TMD. During his work at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center he had the opportunity to work with Dr. Pettit, who headed the Prosthodontic Resident Myofascial Pain Clinic. Dr. Auvenshine, Dr. Pettit and the entire staff at MedCenter TMJ make it their resolution every year to continue improving their practice with the latest technology and treatments.