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How Diabetes Can Affect the Health of Your Jaw

There are a 100-million Americans living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the CDC.

Though the condition may seem unrelated to a problem like a TMJ disorder (or TMD), it’s actually closely connected.

Here’s how.

Diabetes, Inflammation, and TMD

Diabetes is an inflammatory disease. If inflammation goes on too long, affecting all areas of the body, including the mouth, gums, and jaw. People with gum disease may find that uncontrolled diabetes can make their condition worse. In severe cases, this can lead to more bleeding, dental problems, and even tooth loss.

TMD also can become more severe in people with diabetes. This is because the inflammation can harm all the body’s joints, including the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The inflammation can cause more pain, swelling, and stiffness, which can become worse every time you eat, chew, talk, and move your jaw.

Eating Healthy for Diabetes and TMD

To further complicate things, diabetes management involves diet changes, and many healthy foods can be hard on the jaw. A dietitian may recommend raw vegetables and fruits, which are full of nutrients that can help combat inflammation and a satisfying crunch.

The problem, however, is that these foods can take their toll on a sore jaw. Raw carrots, celery, apples, and broccoli may be delicious, but they’re not recommended for someone who’s trying to get their TMD under control.

Keep these rules in mind when you’re planning your diet:

  • Cook fruits and veggies instead of eating them raw— especially those that are crisp or crunchy. Many vegetables can be steamed or roasted for a delicious flavor without the harmful effects to your TMJ.

  • Use your blender often. You can blend fresh fruits and vegetables to make a healthy smoothie that’s soothing to your jaw and anti-inflammatory. This helps tackle diabetes and TMD, and it’s easy and quick.

Diabetes is just one of the many conditions that can worsen TMD symptoms. Find out how we can help you restore the health of your jaw with a treatment plan that addresses underlying causes of TMD. Contact Pasadena Pain Management today!

About Pasadena Pain Management

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.