Are you currently suffering from horrible jaw and teeth pain brought on by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)? If so you are joined by about 10 million other Americans that deal with this affliction on a daily basis. One of the main reasons many of them never attain pain relief is because they turn to so-called TMJ specialists that do nothing more than prescribe side-effect inducing medications. But that’s not how you’re going to cure your disorder.
In order to finally rid yourself of jaw and teeth pain, you must treat the cause of your discomfort directly where it begins. That’s why just a few quick and easy TMJ home remedies can save you from expensive medical bills while also providing pain relief right away. Here are a few you can start doing today.
Simple Treatments for Jaw and Teeth Pain
Perhaps the easiest way to begin your path toward a life void of jaw and teeth pain is to make sure you’re properly hydrated at all times. Many sufferers don’t realize the extent to which dehydration can cause tension in the muscles. This is exasperated throughout the day when folks drink caffeine-loaded drinks that further sap the body.
That’s why you should begin each morning with at least 15 ounces of water. Chug it on down. Then continue to consume water throughout the day to ensure hydration levels are adequate. If your taste buds need a bit of a change, try drinking green tea or coconut juice. Both are good for you while lacking the caffeine that plagues soda and coffee.
It’s not just plentiful amounts of water that can help with muscle relaxation. Eating foods rich in magnesium will also do the trick. Just a few delicious and healthy foods you can choose from include:
- Pine nuts
- Low-fat yogurt
There are lots of goodies to choose from, so find magnesium-loaded foods that suit your needs and eat them to your heart’s delight.
Another great treatment for jaw and teeth pain is to do daily stretches. By doing stretches every day – even if just for 5-10 minutes – you’ll start to notice significant pain relief right away.
If you’re an on-the-go type, here’s a stretch I do all the time when waiting at the airport or when I have a few free minutes at the hotel. Simply open your mouth as far as it will go without feeling discomfort. Move your jaw slowly to the left and hold for 5 seconds. Return it to center. Move your jaw just as slowly to the right and hold once again. Bring your jaw to center and close your mouth. Although this might seem pretty straightforward, it’s a great way to both stretch and strengthen the muscles.
What Works For You?
I know there are lots of treatments for jaw and teeth pain out there that are working for you. Feel free to share them in the comments section below. I’m always excited to learn about new TMJ home remedies.