Perhaps TMJ flares are an on-going problem for you — or perhaps it’s a condition that only strikes once in a while. Either way, you’ll want to avoid jaw pain at all costs on Thanksgiving. After all, it’s “the” holiday that centers around food.
Fortunately, TMJ sufferers can take control of their Thanksgiving menus and impress guests with a scrumptious TMJ-friendly meal everyone can enjoy. Here are some apps, sides, mains, and desserts our TMJ patients can use to fill their Thanksgiving table — or all year round!
TMJ-Friendly Thanksgiving Appetizers
The best appetizers are light and don’t require much chewing since there will be plenty of that happening during the main course. For TMD patients this is particularly important, because you don’t want to overwork the jaw early in the dinner. Appetizers to try include:
- Deviled Eggs – add smoked salmon for an interesting twist
- Squash Soup
- Pumpkin Soup
- Soft Cheeses
- Apple and Cheese Wraps
TMJ-Friendly Thanksgiving Side Dishes
It’s easy to overload on side dishes since there are so many great Thanksgiving options to choose. But you don’t want to overdo it with the chewing. Try limiting to three side dishes for variety that won’t tempt you to eat too much. Side dishes to try include:
- Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Pumpkin and Feta Risotto
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Squash Casserole
- Biscuits – opt for layered biscuits that are fluffy, soft and melt in the mouth
TMJ-Friendly Thanksgiving Main Dishes
Meat is the focus of most main dishes, and during Thanksgiving this is definitely the case. The problem for people with TMD is that meat is often tough to chew through. For your main dish the more tender the meat is the better. Main dishes to try include:
- Turkey Casserole
- Pulled Pork
- Pot Roast
- Ham – center portion cut into small bites
TMJ-Friendly Thanksgiving Desserts
The good news for people with TMJ disorders there are a few classic Thanksgiving desserts that are very easy on the jaw. Desserts to try include:
- Pumpkin Pie – you may have to cut the edge crust away
- Candied Yams
- Cranberry Sauce
Before whipping up a five-star Thanksgiving meal for friends and family this season, take a moment to make an appointment here at Pasadena Pain Management. We’ve have helped hundreds of patients have a happier holiday season by providing a proper TMJ diagnosis and treatment that address a variety of TMJ-related pain.
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