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How to Manage Swelling Around Your TMJ

Posted on 12/15/2018 by Aaron Vickers
How to Manage Swelling Around Your TMJYour temporomandibular joint is important. It is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. The joint allows you to open and close your mouth. When it works properly, people do not think about it. They talk and eat without worrying.

But when you have swelling around the TMJ, you may want to know the possible causes and what you need to do about it. It could require taking a few steps to manage the swelling or it could require something more.

Home Remedies

The first thing that people turn to when they experience home remedies is things they can find in their home. The problem is that people are not sure what they should do to reduce the swelling and the pain associated with the swelling.

They don't know if they should use ice or heat. They are not sure if there are any over the counter products that can help. It is important to do the right things. Making mistakes with home remedies may make the problem worse.

To help reduce the swelling from TMJ consider doing these things in your home.

•  Rinse your mouth with warm salt water
•  Use ice packs to help reduce the swelling
•  Avoid foods difficult to chew. Stick with softer foods
•  Don't smoke or chew gum
•  Reduce the movement of the jaw
•  Reduce stress

Over time, the swelling from TMJ should subside. As it does, jaw strengthening exercises can help further reduce the swelling and can help avoid problems in the future. It is important to keep up the different home remedies until the swelling and pain is completely gone.

Additional Help

For some people the home remedies are not able to reduce the swelling and eliminate the pain. In these cases, the dental professionals can provide other options. There are devices that can reduce the stress on the jaw and can help relieve the symptoms of TMJ.

Over the counter medications can help reduce the inflammation and can help with the pain. There are also other treatments available to help relieve the problems associated with TMJ.

Do not put your oral health at risk. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to take care of all your oral health needs.

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