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How Your Diet Impacts Your TMJ


Posted on 11/15/2019 by Vladana Babcic Tal DMD
How Your Diet Impacts Your TMJTMJ disorders affect our ability to chew food. It follows that there are certain foods that will bring relief from the condition and some that will exacerbate the discomfort.

Which Foods Must I Avoid to Prevent TMJ Pain?

Avoid hard, crunchy foods. You cannot enjoy your steak rare. Similarly, crunchy fruits such as apples and carrots may exacerbate the condition. Also, there are food items that stimulate inflammation. These include processed sugars and refined carbohydrates. This means, noodles and pastas, made from refined flour, although soft and easy to swallow, must be avoided. Instead, eat foods that allow the body to fight inflammation.

Oversized foods that force you to open your jaw wide, such as burgers and sandwiches, are best avoided. Crunchy foods that require an exertion of the jaw muscles for a harder bite will cause pain. Hard boiled candies and raw vegetables are an example of crunchy food items. Foods that need proper mastication will stress the TMJ and surrounding muscles, leading to pain and a deterioration of the temporomandibular joint.

Which Foods Must I Eat if I Have TMJ issues?

Follow a simple rule of thumb with respect to diet. Eat well-cooked food that is easy to chew. The food should be in small, bite-sized portions. Steamed vegetables, mushy potatoes and beans, fish, fruit juices and smoothies, and cheese are examples of foods to eat to prevent a TMD flare-up. Blueberries, ginger, and turmeric are a recommended addition, because these food items have proven anti-inflammatory properties.

If you're suffering from TMD, then you need to take care of your diet because an unbalanced diet will result in nutrition gaps that can affect your health. We are experts in all matters related to dental health. Get in touch with us for in-depth information on how to regulate your diet for managing TMJ issues and ensuring good health.
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