Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a painful condition that includes popping and clicking of the jaw joint. Though there are many different factors that contribute to the development of TMJ Disorder, there are certain foods that can be making your TMD worse. In order to lessen the pain of TMJ disorder, it is best to avoid these types of foods.
Crunchy and Chewy Foods
Many crunchy foods, like hard crusty breads and crackers, can put a lot of strain on a person’s jaw, especially if he/she genetically has issues with their Temporomandibular joint. These are not the only offenders when it comes to TMJ pain, but some raw fruits and vegetables, like carrots and apples, can take a toll on a person’s jaw because of the hard, crunchy texture. Crunchy is not the only problem, but chewy can also make TMJ pain worse. The worst part, chewy foods tend to be sweet, enjoyable treats that might be hard to avoid. Though it may be difficult to pass on such snacks like chewing gum, caramel, and gummy candy, it might be a sacrifice you need to take for your TMJ health.
Saturated fat has been shown to increase inflammation in the body, and this increased inflammation can lead to more TMJ pain. Therefore, you should be mindful of the fat content you consume. It is best to stick to low fat or reduced fat foods and lean protein.
Large foods that require opening the mouth wide such as corn-on-the-cob and whole apples can overextend the jaw and ultimately cause pain for a TMD sufferer. Even large sandwiches and burgers can overextend the jaw. Instead, try using a fork and knife to cut the food into small pieces.
If you have any questions about what kinds of foods to eat to ease your TMD pain, do not hesitate to contact the Patient Service Team at Austin Oral Surgery. One of our amazing teammates will be happy to address your concerns. Remember, the majority of patients with TMD can find resolve through non-surgical measures. For more information on nonsurgical methods to relieve TMD pain, check out this past blog post. If you think you have TMD symptoms but not sure if you have the disorder, call today to schedule an evaluation with one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons.