This takes us to the key question: What are the most common TMJ Disorder Treatments?
In the majority of situations, you can choose any or a combination of these home-based options to treat the symptoms of the TMJ disorders:
1. Have soft foods! One of the best ways to start finding relief from TMJ pain is by just having softer foods because while eating softer foods, your jaw doesn’t have to work hard and chew as hard. When you don’t chew much, your jaw automatically gets less pressure and less stress and this helps as the inflammation goes down. Have a soft diet for many weeks to figure out if it helps ease any of your symptoms.
2. Use Heat or Cold Therapy to decrease swelling! You may also switch between hot and cold treatment on your jaw. Use a moist heat pack on your jaw for 15 minutes or use an ice pack for 15 minutes a few times every day. For the best possible results, take both hot and cold therapies separately, after some gaps.
3. Lessen jaw movements! If you have a habit of yawning, singing loudly, or yelling rather frequently, try to check any extreme jaw movements. This will give your TMJ joint some breathing time and a break from movement. With this, your pain could automatically decrease gradually.
4. Love chewing gum? Well, keep away from chewing gum. Also, avoid tough foods.
5. Practice jaw-stretching exercises to improve your jaw movement.
6. Take steps to cut down stress. Stress is a leading cause behind TMJ disorder. Most stressed-out people tighten up their jaw throughout the day without even knowing it. If you find yourself worried or under stress, try to cool down and become de-stressed by going for a walk in the woods, writing down your problems, speaking to a therapist, doing yoga or meditation, or reading a pleasant book. Do everything possible to calm down and keep your stress levels in check.