When recovering from jaw pain, it can be difficult to avoid the activities that aggravate your pain. It is the most commonly used joint in the body after all! There are a few small modifications you can make to ease jaw pain, however:
1. Cut up your food into smaller pieces so you don’t have to take as big of bites when eating. This will reduce strain on the jaw.
2. Avoid difficult to chew foods like tough meat, raw veggies, and candies.
3. Breathe through your nose instead of your month. Breathing through your mouth can increase tension in particular jaw muscles. This tension can contribute to temporomandibular disorder.
4. Try your best to limit large jaw movements like singing or yawning.
5. Temporarily avoid chewing gum. If that may be a problem for your breath use fresh mints or breath strips instead!
6. Reduce prolonged sitting times. This will help improve your neck function.
7. Additionally, you can consult with your local dentist. They may prescribe you with a night guard to help reduce tension in the jaw.
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