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Foods to Eat With TMJ

Nov 17, 2020 | Uncategorized

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint that connects the jawbone to your skull. Those who have pain in the jaw joint or muscles around it suffer from a TMJ disorder, a type of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) that is often referred to in society as TMJ. 

The condition, TMJ, can cause significant pain and discomfort at the joint and the surrounding areas. One of the best ways to alleviate your TMJ pain and help it heal is to switch to eating softer foods.

What to Eat 

When managing and caring for your TMJ, the softer the food, the better. TMJ pain can be overwhelming, and the food you choose to eat can either make it worse or help alleviate and heal the pain. Stick with these softer foods:

  • Steamed or roasted vegetables
  • Soft fruits without the skin or seeds
  • Beans
  • Fish
  • Tofu
  • Finely chopped meats
  • Pasta
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Oatmeal 
  • Yogurt
  • Smoothies
  • Applesauce 
  • Ice cream

Be mindful only to eat soft food that won’t aggravate your TMJ, causing more pain and discomfort.

What to Avoid

Since sticking with soft foods helps take care of your TMJ, foods that are hard or tough to chew will only cause you more pain and aggravation. Be sure to avoid these foods:

  • Apples
  • carrots
  • Corn on the cob
  • Pretzels and chips
  • Nuts
  • Cereals
  • Steak
  • Toffee
  • Caramels
  • Chewy, gummy, or hard candies

Be mindful to steer clear of any foods that will overwork your mouth and jaw muscles or joints.

It’s always important to listen to your body, so if your TMJ is feeling aggravated and you’re in pain, it’s telling you it needs to rest. One of the best ways to help ease the pain and heal is by changing your diet to consist of only soft foods that won’t overwork the joint.  

TMJ Treatment on Long Island

Dr. Scott Simonetti, a TMJ disorder specialist, is here to help diagnose and put an end to your pain and discomfort caused by a TMJ disorder. Visit our website or give us a call at (631) 277-4848 to learn more about our POD® night guard treatment and how we can help you.