As 2019 slowly begins to unfold, many people are reflecting on New Year resolutions they can stick too. Trust us — we know it’s hard to stick to those resolutions! But what if a few resolutions could actually make you feel better and improve your quality of life?
If you suffer from temporomandibular (TMJ) pain, these 2019 resolutions may not only change your year — they may also change your life!
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Numerous studies show a good night’s rest can help decrease stress (a risk factor for TMD) and increase one’s overall well-being. Aim for eight hours of sleep a night and stick to a consistent sleep schedule. Avoid sugary foods and caffeine, and rigorous physical activity right before you go to sleep. Practice deep breathing or other forms of meditation that will help calm your body and mind before going to bed.
Exercise Your Jaw
If you’re like most people, exercising more is definitely one of your resolutions. While staying fit and healthy is certainly important, so too is strengthening your jaw, regardless of whether you have TMD or not. Simple jaw exercises can help ease the symptoms associated with TMD or even reduce one’s likelihood of developing the condition.
Cook TMJ-Friendly Foods
Whether you’re looking to cook more or eat healthier this new year, we encourage you to try a few TMJ-friendly dishes. Hard or chewy foods can exacerbate TMJ pain and damage your teeth. Try cooking at least one new recipe once a month.
Schedule Regular Dental Visits
Many dental issues can be caused by or lead to TMD pain. For instance, grinding your teeth can wear down enamel, exposing your teeth to a slew of issues including tooth sensitivity, which in turn can lead to TMJ pain. This is why it’s important to visit our office regularly — at least every 6 months. We can treat dental issues early, before they become serious or lead to TMJ pain.
Schedule an Appointment With Your Pasadena TMJ Specialist
Regardless of whether you have visited a TMJ specialist in the past or not, start the new year off right by scheduling an appointment. If left untreated, TMJ disorder can lead to serious pain and health issues. Regular checkups with at Pasadena Pain Management can help manage your condition and ensure your treatment is the right one for you.
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