Jaw pain is not a great thing to have when your at work or school. In fact, it’s worse when you try to eat a meal and you have certain physical facial ailments like braces that make it painful to even take a bite of a cookie. In fact, it’s the worse thing to feel when you have to do anything at all since the pain can be so chronic pain that you simply feel disabled.
With our two doctors, Dr. Pettit, DMD and Dr. Auvenshine, DDS, PhD, we hear at Med Center TMJ recommend healthy diets such as soft eatable meals for home or school during those painful days/nights. Naturally, it’s going to take a while to get used to but you’ll get through those days when you feel jaw pain. Plus, if you have to eat while having braces tightened, or you have pain in the facial area, you want your meals to be painless as possible, don’t you?
For those who wear braces, for instance, they need to eat. Therefore eating soft meals at home would work simply as they would at work or school. But, those who simply have pain due to unknown reasons should call an expert on facial pain at or around the jaw and mouth area. In fact, this is another way of healing while treating your body as important as you are. Eating is one vital element that will keep you going strong while being treated through the healing process of any facial work previously done.
The critical foods that shouldn’t be eaten are the following:
– Chips / pretzels
– Hard vegetables, nuts, or hard fruits such as apples and pears
– Taco shells / pizza crust
– Sticky candy (i.e. taffy, gum, caramels)
– Foods and drinks that have high acids; they cause discoloration also (i.e. lemons, limes and sodas)
Foods to eat when you have pain in your jaw.
Eating soft meals will help the food be less painful in the area where the jaw has to bite down. This is the reason why eating soft lunches at home in order to get your recommended daily allowance is important to follow. Besides, you’ll soon run out of fuel if you don’t refuel your body with it’s daily vitamins and minerals needed to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Ideas for soft meals when having pain due to braces, surgery because of pain around the jaw region, or healing from facial surgery:
– Tuna salads
– Oatmeal prepared with milk
– Mashed pears with cinnamon
– Cold pasta salad with very small tomatoes, peeled cucumber, and shredded chicken
– Yogurts and pudding
– Spaghetti with pureed veggies in sauce (carrots and spinach) and lean ground beef
– Baked potato or mashed potatoes
– Sandwiches with soft avocado, thin sliced ham or turkey and cheese
– Smoothies with fresh fruit or veggies
– Homemade macaroni and cheese
– Chicken mango and Pineapple salad recipe
– Tufu, soybeans, and soy milk
(i.e. soy proteins packed, it reduces pain / inflammation).
– Blueberries and strawberries
(contains anti-inflammatory phytochemicals and antioxidants).
Symptoms of these disorders
Symptoms of TMJ pain can be both physical and mental. The experience of having it is the condition or disease that has multiple common features like headaches, temple area discomfort and pain in and around the jaw joints, stiffness to the neck, shoulder, and back pain. Some other common symptoms due to this condition of temporomandibular joint disorders:
– Limited ability to open the jaw wide.
– Ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
– Popping or crack sounds (crepitus) in and around the temporomandibular joints.
– Dizziness or vertigo.
What causes TMJ disorders?
“TMJ” or TMD refers to the temporomandibular joint area; the disorders of the TMJ is more likely to be caused by a number of factors. One could actually coincide with the other. These factors can be seen later on in life or during the early stages of it. In specific areas of the face that are due to these disorders mentioned. You can go to our FAQ webpage to find out more about the common questions customers have.
Anyone can get the condition; in fact, all age groups are able to get this condition. With many factors in getting it, having physical injuries or emotional stress for instance are two. Even more so are the changes to the bite of your mouth or any asymmetric growth to the area. In fact, there are other factors such as the following that can cause the pain due to orofacial pain disorders or pain in the jaw that include:
- Weakened immune system and prolonged illnesses
- Clenching and grinding the teeth at night, or periodically
- Extensive dental work
- Sleep deprivation/poor nutrition
- Hormone level changes / disturbing natural developments
Before you make an appointment to meet with one of our experts due to pain in the facial region, such as orofacial pain, fill out the patient forms online as to begin the process immediately. To set an appointment with one of our Doctors, call us at 713-597-7083, we are also located at MedCenter TMJ, 7505 S. Main, Suite 210 Houston, Texas 77030.
Source: TMJ Hope.