Easy Foods to Eat When Your TMJ Flares Up

TMJ Symptoms

Problems in the temporomandibular joint or otherwise referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD) can be extremely painful, and can lead to facial swelling with a flare up. Worst of all the condition can actually lock the joint in a closed or open condition making it very difficult to eat or drink. Meanwhile, other symptoms can include:
1. A tired feeling in your jaw
2. Painful chewing or swallowing
3. Hearing issues and dizziness may also result
Therefore, should this condition present itself, what can we safely eat?

How to handle TMJ/TMD

The methods over the counter to handle the situation will treat the joint inflammation with medications like ibuprofen, and naproxen. Further, you will want to use a combination of ice and heat strategies to reduce any facial swelling.

However, the question remains “what can we eat during the flare up?” For this, we will want to turn to soft and easy foods. This food will require very little strength from the joint in order to chew, and swallow. Therefore, some of the better foods to consume during this time will be:

    1. Yogurts
    2. Mashed Potatoes
    3. Cottage cheese
    4. Soups
    5. Scrambled eggs
    6. Fish

Foods to avoid during this time are any foods that are hard, excessively chewy. Further, you would want to avoid any foods requiring you to open wide to bite (i.e. hamburger, hotdog, or steak).

TMJ Symptoms treated

Most of the self-care treatment of tmj symptoms will revolve around eating softer foods like stated above. In addition, avoiding rigorous jaw movements like singing, and gum chewing would also be beneficial. Further, avoiding stress when possible, and learning stress management techniques to lower current stress. Your doctor may also prescribe stronger anti-inflammatory medications for you; however, most can also be obtained over the counter.

While working with a dentist, or other primary care physician, you may be prescribed a bite guard to avoid teeth grinding during the day or at night, or during flare-ups. The doctor may describe Botox as a way of further relaxing your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). In extreme cases, however, the doctor may recommend surgery or dental implants.

Temporomandibular disorders, temporomandibular joint disorders is something that afflicts approximately 10 million people (mostly women), and science is still looking in to the cause and the reason why. Therefore, if you think you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders it is important to consult with your physician.