Posted on 1/25/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
The pain that comes with TMJ makes patients alter their daily oral routine to accommodate the new changes. If your jaw hurts when you chew food, there is a great possibility that it will hurt even more when you brush your teeth.
Oral hygiene cannot be overemphasized, as failure to brush your teeth on a daily basis could lead to adverse dental concerns. So, how do you manage the pain as you await the next doctor's appointment?
Change Your Brush Your gum and teeth are already sensitive from the pain, and you do not want to add to that. However, you still need to maintain proper dental hygiene to prevent any further damage. You will need to invest in a soft toothbrush that will clean the teeth effectively without harming the gum. You may also find electric brushes more comfortable since the motion is systematic. If that helps, then make the switch.
Flossing is a significant part of oral health care, so we will recommend the right tools if opening your mouth wide for flossing is causing you discomfort. We will also guide you on commercial mouth irrigation devices and the idea toothpaste for your sensitive teeth.
Relieve The Pain As your dentists, we will certainly prescribe medication for the pain, but only when it becomes unbearable. In between, we will recommend ice or heat applications to the parts that hurt to manage the pain.
Chewy food could also cause pain in that jaw area, so you want to avoid it. Mashed potatoes, fish, soup, leafy vegetables are among the soft foods that carry the required nutrients. If you are constantly clenching your teeth, make conscious efforts to stop. Also, try and avoid movements that stress your jaw.
While TMJ is not a serious condition, it could negatively alter your life. You should seek medical attention as soon as you notice consistent jaw pain. We are here for you, so don't suffer alone.