If you suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or TMD,  you may go through a wide variety of symptoms that have several impacts on your jaw and mouth. Common symptoms of TMD include clenching or grinding of the teeth, regular jaw aches, headaches, restricted range of motion when you want to open or close your mouth. A clicking sound while you are chewing or a ringing in your ears can also be noticed. Should you believe that you have TMD, it can be helpful to keep an eye on your eating habits.

By eating soft foods which are cut into tiny pieces, you can limit stress on the hinged joint whose function is to enable your jaw to open and close. That is not to mention your hinged joint will have more time to heal. Here are nutrition tips you can try in order to stay away or reduce TMD symptoms.

Foods to Eat for TMJ Disorder

Here below is the list of soft foods which allow you to keep your jaw from opening so wide that extra tension can be applied to your jaw. Make an attempt to go along with the list because it can also limit the amount of stress on the mouth, teeth and TMJ every time you eat.

  • Cottage cheese and other soft cheeses
  • Greek yogurt can also be used
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Hand-pressed juices or fruit smoothies
  • Soft fruits. Here are some recommended ones: berries, bananas, strawberries, cherries, red currants
  • Beans
  • Soup
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Mashed potatoes

Foods to Avoid When You Have TMJ Disorder

Foods which you can barely chew or are likely to put strain on your TMJ should be avoided. Here below are some foods you should not eat when having TMJ Disorder:

  • Hard or crusty bread
  • Crunchy cereals
  • Tough meats: steak is an example
  • Chewy or sticky foods: these include caramel apples and chewy candy
  • Crunchy or hard foods: raw carrots and apples

In addition, bear in your mind that chewing gum should be prohibited because the repetitive chewing motion can make the TMJ disorder worse. You are also recommended not to absorb alcohol, caffeine, sugar due to their capability of raising tension and putting more strain on your jaw muscles. Using these items can also lead to the deterioration of teeth grinding or clenching, hence worsening TMD pain. You should avoid sucking on lozenges as well.

Further Tips for TMJ Disorder

Research unveils that there exist a number of factors which can make contributions to TMJ disorder, including stress. For instance, when under plenty of stress, one can grind their teeth. If this sounds familiar, you should put effort into making yourself involve in relaxing activities which reduce your stress to low level. There are easy but effective methods of reducing stress including getting a massage, having a warm bath, doing exercise. You can also prevent or decrease TMD symptoms by talking to your family or a friend of yours when stress comes to you.

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