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Tips for Mild TMJ Relief and Prevention

By: Dr. Elizabeth Craig | April 22, 2016

Many people suffer from TMJ from varying degrees so here are some tips to help mild TMJ symptoms and hopefully help prevent major TMJ pain from developing.

  • Avoid chewing gum or hard foods or chewing ice.
  • Do not bite fingernails or bite down on pencils.
  • Massage the temporal and masseter muscles  Image of Masseter and Temporal Muscles
  • Practice stress reducing techniques
  • Support your jaw while yawning

If these simple things are not helping to reduce your TMJ pain then a trip to your dentist for further investigation is warranted. At the dental visit the doctor can evaluate if your teeth are aligned properly and discuss the possibility of addition TMJ therapies.