Got TMJ Pain? Break These Bad Habits!

Got TMJ Pain? Break These Bad Habits!

When it comes to TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) and the uncomfortable symptoms often associated with the disorder, many patients don’t consider how their habits could be affecting their condition. Did you know that biting your nails forces the jaw to work in an unnatural way? This can directly aggravate your TMJ symptoms. Wondering what you can do to break your bad habits that may be affecting your TMJ and pain? Follow along!

Biting your nails.

When you bite your nails, your jaw is forced to function in a way it wasn’t designed for. This unnatural force can put pressure on the temporomandibular joint, increasing your discomfort. Want help not biting your nails?

  • Trim and file nails regularly.
  • Get a professional manicure, so they look nice.
  • Use anti-nail-biting nail polish.
  • Ask those around you to point out your habit.

Jaw clenching and grinding.

Do you often find yourself clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth? Do you suffer from nighttime bruxism? Not only can grinding and clenching damage teeth, but it can also directly contribute to TMJ pain. Want to stop your grinding and clenching?

  • Relax and try to manage and reduce your stress levels.
  • Ask your Chester dentist about a custom-fit TMD mouthguard.
  • Chew sugar-free gum during the day.
  • Actively remind yourself not to let your teeth touch.

Using your teeth as scissors.

Unlike many other animals, human teeth are not meant to be substituted as scissors or any other kind of tools. Using your teeth to cut, open or hold things can put unnecessary pressure on the temporomandibular joint, resulting in increased pain and discomfort. Instead of using your teeth as tools, try breaking the habit.

  • Invest in scissors, even travel ones if you need them.
  • Ask others around you if they have any tools you can open something with.
  • Carry fewer things on your person, so you don’t need to hold things with your teeth.

Dr. Neal Nealis offers TMJ Treatment to help you relieve your TMJ symptoms. If you have any questions about our services, feel free to contact our office. Ready to book an appointment? Schedule your next visit online now!

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