On Decreasing TMJ Symptoms: Mannerisms and Habits to Drop

TMJ SymptomsTMJ is one of the most discomforting chronic diseases. While it usually affects children, this disorder can also carry to adulthood.

According to The Jaw Health Resource, what adds pain to TMJ is actually not the condition itself. At best, it won’t be your TMJ that’s getting worse, but your bad habits. But, with the right mindset and habits, you can get rid of the symptoms and possibly prevent TMJ from further developing. Here are some habits to break as soon as possible:

Nail Biting

Skipping the nail cutters and trimming with your teeth is never a good idea. Biting your nails or anything brittle dislocates your jaws. When the joints surrounding the jaws are always in an awkward position, TMJ develops faster.

Doing Other Tasks Not Meant for the Teeth

Some people use their teeth in things other than eating, and this causes damage. Whether it’s cutting, tearing, trimming, or opening bottles, never use your teeth. Same as nail biting, this forces the jaw to be in an awkward position, which promotes TMJ symptoms.

Eating Tough-to-Chew Foods

If you want to keep your teeth and mouth healthy, avoid consuming hard food items or anything that’s challenging to bit. Skip on the beef jerky, nuts, and hard taco shells to save you from future trouble. It’s not just those with dentures who should avoid hard food items.

Teething and Grinding

Teeth grinding occurs in two ways: consciously and unconsciously. The more popular of the two is unconscious teeth grinding while sleeping, which causes TMJ. To combat this problem, train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. Identify the possible cause: a sleep disorder, lifestyle factors or stress and anxiety. Consult a dentist who will come up with a treatment plan for you.

TMJ disorders are either natural or developed over time. But, whichever the case, avoiding bad habits can minimize the symptoms in the long run.