What Type of Foods Can be Eaten With TMJ Pain?

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TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, the connection where the jaw attaches to the skull. This essential juncture controls the opening and closing of the mouth, and any troubles here can have far-reach effects that sideline many patients.

It’s estimated that around 10 million Americans experience some disorder related to the function of this essential joint, with as much as 25% of the population suffering the occasional TMJ trouble at some point in their lives. Yet, you don’t have to struggle with the pain that accompanies chewing, speaking, opening or closing the mouth, or potentially any other activity, because Dr. Mohamad El-Kheir and Dr. Matthew Gemp are excited to help devise an effective treatment plan for you.

Simply get in touch with our expert team at Evolution Dentistry to explore your options in Houston, TX.

What foods should I eat with my TMJ pain?

TMJ disorders cause all sorts of aches, pains, and daily discomfort. This condition can make it hard to excel at and enjoy everyday activities. It can also diminish your function and lead to future problems and a persistent cycle of life-disrupting dental dysfunction.

And we understand, as do patients with TMJ pain, just how painful chewing can be for those struggling with this condition. Therefore, part of your specialized TMJ treatment plan may include lifestyle modification strategies, including dietary choices. Generally, these will be soft foods that do not require much chewing to help alleviate the adverse consequences of TMJ dysfunction or injury.

These foods include soft protein sources that don’t require much chewing, so we suggest avoiding tougher meats like steak, and opting for eggs, legumes, tofu, and possibly chicken or fish, depending on your specifics. Other healthy, easy-to-eat foods include yogurt, cottage cheese, hot cereals like oatmeal or cream of wheat, apple sauce, smoothies, protein shakes, and fruits and vegetables that don’t require much chewing.

What are the advantages of TMJ therapy?

Our personalized, clinically-backed therapeutic methods (including night guards, splint therapy, or bite equilibration) can relieve pain in the jaw and neck, and facial regions while reducing the occurrence of headaches that may result from such musculoskeletal conditions.

In addition to improved jaw mobility, patients may gain dental health through a reduction of tooth-grinding, and the exasperating, constant clicking or popping of the jaw that may accompany TMJ ailments. Overall, patients feel better, enjoy improved function, sleep better, and boast enhanced aesthetic features.

Find TMJ relief today in Houston, TX

If TMJ troubles are robbing you of your daily peace and productivity, our expert team at Evolution Dentistry is eager to offer you a range of corrective therapies. As always, your treatments will be personalized for your unique needs and best results. To find relief, and improved jaw function and dental aesthetics, simply contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mohamad El-Kheir or Dr. Matthew Gemp in Houston, TX.

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