The TMJ disorder is quite inconvenient and troublesome, especially because it makes the most simple tasks, like chewing and even swallowing, very difficult and even painful. Fortunately, there are many treatments available that can help you find the comfort you need and return to a healthy and functional life. Some of those treatments are home remedies, and our dentist, Dr. Gary Cappelletti, encourages you to try them. Those home remedies are:
-Use moist heat to warm the area, like a hot water bottle wrapped in a warm, moist towel or a heating pack.
-Ice the area to reduce swelling and soothe the pain (You can do so with an ice pack)
-Have a soft diet by only eating soft and easy-to-eat foods
-Take over-the-counter pain medications to relieve the pain and decrease swelling
-Use jaw exercises that help improve your jaw mobility and healing (Your physical therapist or doctor can give you tips and recommendations)
-Use relaxation techniques
-Sleep on your side and use a pillow to support the area between your shoulder and neck
-Use your fist to support your chin as you yawn (This can help you prevent damage to the joint and prevent your jaw from locking open)
Call El Cerro Dental today at 925-837-8564 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our dental team will be more than happy to tell you all about the home remedies for the TMJ disorder in Danville, California. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!