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What precautions do I need to take when eating with tmj?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: TMJ

Tmj is worsened by overworking the jaw.
Avoid hard foods and hard candy. Avoid foods that require a lot of chewing. Eat softened foods e.g. Apple sauce instead of apples, nut butter instead of nuts, ground meat instead of steak, cooked vegetables instead of raw. Drink meals with smoothies etc. Instead of a solid meal like a sandwitch.

In brief: TMJ

Tmj is worsened by overworking the jaw.
Avoid hard foods and hard candy. Avoid foods that require a lot of chewing. Eat softened foods e.g. Apple sauce instead of apples, nut butter instead of nuts, ground meat instead of steak, cooked vegetables instead of raw. Drink meals with smoothies etc. Instead of a solid meal like a sandwitch.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Avoid certain foods

Avoid anything that aggravates the TMJ. Usually hard or chewy foods.

In brief: Avoid certain foods

Avoid anything that aggravates the TMJ. Usually hard or chewy foods.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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In brief: Awareness is key

Be aware and protective of your opening and closing of the mouth.
Cut food in smaller portions and try and not yawn too wide. Singing, playing musical instruments (mouth, ) yelling, chewy or hard foods, ice, etc., can exacerbate the problems. Best therapy is too see a tmj/tmd doctor to help you with your symptoms and follow instructions.

In brief: Awareness is key

Be aware and protective of your opening and closing of the mouth.
Cut food in smaller portions and try and not yawn too wide. Singing, playing musical instruments (mouth, ) yelling, chewy or hard foods, ice, etc., can exacerbate the problems. Best therapy is too see a tmj/tmd doctor to help you with your symptoms and follow instructions.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry

In brief: Precautions with TMJ

Tmj is a very complex joint that can be affected by muscles, nerve, teeth, and the joint itself.
A thorough examination to diagnose is important. Depending on severity, soft foods, anti-inflammatory medication (otc & prescription), muscle relaxants to orthotic therapy may be needed. At home watching what you eat and not force movements is important and get examined by your doctor.

In brief: Precautions with TMJ

Tmj is a very complex joint that can be affected by muscles, nerve, teeth, and the joint itself.
A thorough examination to diagnose is important. Depending on severity, soft foods, anti-inflammatory medication (otc & prescription), muscle relaxants to orthotic therapy may be needed. At home watching what you eat and not force movements is important and get examined by your doctor.
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dr. Kim Capehart
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