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Do the Foods You Eat Impact How Your TMJ Feels?

Posted on 8/25/2017 by Doctor Haigney
 TMJ Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery NC 28078TMJ can be a very problematic issue for many people. It can be fine some days, then bring about misery other days. If you struggle with TMJ issues, it is important you know how to keep the symptoms at bay as much as possible.

Your diet has the potential to either decrease or increase your symptoms, depending on the types of food you eat. Here are some of the foods you want to avoid if you want to keep your TMJ issues from flaring up.

Foods That Can Make Your TMJ Feel Worse

If you want to decrease how often your TMJ flares up, you want to steer clear of crunchy foods. Things like crunchy chips and hard taco shells can make your symptoms a lot easier to notice. The same goes with anything chewy. This can include things like taffy and candy, or even options like steak and pork. The chewier the food, the more it is going to cause your jaw joint to work.

Anything extra-large bites are also something to be limited or removed from your diet. This includes things like extra-large hamburgers which would require you to open your mouth very wide in order to take a bite. This puts unnecessary pressure on your jaw joint, and can cause symptoms to show up again.

If these foods often cause you pain, it is important that you seek out advice from your oral surgeon or dentist. They can take a look at the functionality of your jaw joint, and give you a full diagnosis. They can also suggest things that can keep your jaw from hurting so much it impairs your quality of life. This may include stopping chewing gum, or drinking more iced beverages during the day to keep swelling down.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (704) 255-5888 today.

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