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Protecting Your TMJ During The Holidays

Dec 28, 2021 | Uncategorized

The holidays are a time of joy, celebration, and fun, but this can also mean more pain and stress for individuals struggling with a TMJ disorder. 

Those with a TMJ disorder, a disorder of the jaw joint, struggle with chronic pain, discomfort, and irritation in the immediate and surrounding areas, often made worse with eating and feeling stressed. This holiday season, show your TMJ joints some care and consideration with these helpful tips to protect them:

Avoid Excessive Chewing

There are plenty of festive treats to enjoy this time of year, but unfortunately, many of them can be chewy and leave you overworking your jaw joints. Keep in mind that the more your mouth has to work when chewing, the more stress you’re putting on your TMJ.  

Eat More Soft Foods

As previously mentioned, excessive chewing can cause stress to your TMJ. Reaching for softer foods helps alleviate pressure on your jaw joints while you eat, leading to less pain and irritation.  

Travel Smart

If you are traveling this holiday season, make sure to prepare and pack anything you might need to manage your TMJ symptoms while you’re away. This may include your nightguard, a neck pillow, pain medications, and more.  

Don’t Forget To Relax

Stress is one of the biggest triggers for TMJ-related symptoms, and the holidays can be very busy and overhwelming. Make sure to pay close attention to how you manage your stress throughout the season and give yourself a break. The holidays should be relaxing, too!

Have a happy holiday season!

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For TMJ treatment in Suffolk County, 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.